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Proposition - does more harm Opposition - It does more good
Debate Score:5
Arguments:5
Total Votes:5
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Disney Movies Do More Harm than Good

Disney is a company synonymous with providing entertainment to children and adults of all ages. Today, many movies have been denounced for their sexual culture, sexist plots, and sheer racism.

Proposition - does more harm

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Opposition - It does more good

Side Score: 4
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Disney Movies under-represents women and their skills, by projecting gender roles and stereotyping women

Research from Jeff Guo, a WP reporter, shows that classic Disney princesses on average receive 55% of compliments based on appearance and 11% on their skills, while the remaining 34% is the “other” category. This shows they are recognized more for their looks then skills. This impacts those In the Renaissance period of Disney, Princesses received 38% compliments on appearance and 23% on skill (39% other). In the new age movies, we finally see an overall decrease in the compliments based on looks and an increase in the skill, which comes out to be around 22% appearance and 40% skill. This shows how Disney under-represents women’s skills and tries to emphasize their looks.

Side: Proposition - does more harm
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Disney Movies under-represents women and their skills, by projecting gender roles and stereotyping women

Research from Jeff Guo, a WP reporter, shows that classic Disney princesses on average receive 55% of compliments based on appearance and 11% on their skills, while the remaining 34% is the “other” category. This shows they are recognized more for their looks then skills

I think your hypothesis targets Disney unfairly. Do you have evidence to suggest similar data sets do not apply to other companies/genres? Or perhaps the movie industry generally?

Side: Opposition - It does more good
Mint_tea(4162) Clarified
1 point

I think that's more a statement on society than on Disney characters.

Granted in the past, women or Disney's Princesses where a bit shallow with a desire to let the Prince do all the rescuing, but as time has changed and roles are changing, so too are the female characters. Around 1990's we finally had some Disney Princesses reflect the strength and independence that we have been looking for. Merida was the first strong female character that didn't HAVE to have a love interest to make a movie and it's getting better from there.

There are very few studio's that DON'T emphasize some part of a woman and focus's solely on a female's strengths and skills. Just look at the MCU (before Disney) or DC universe. Their heroine's are all very beautiful women. This is an issue with society, not Disney.

Side: Proposition - does more harm
1 point

Disney movies have enthralled and stimulated children's imaginations for generations.

The young audiences of these fairy tale films have never been remotely interested in, nor aware of, the newly developed social construct of gender equality which finds its own level naturally throughout the various global cultures and with the ever evolving attitudes of time.

Let the genius of Walt Disney's movies continue to capture and invigorate the imagination of our children without gratuitous and ego-boosting meddling.

Side: Opposition - It does more good
1 point

Disney movies and shows have inspired imagination, given children role models, and brought magic and a sense of wonder in their lives that is greatly needed.

That doesn't mean Disney should be raising the child, that's on the parent's, but Disney has done more good than harm with their shows.

Side: Opposition - It does more good