In conclusion, Disney has made some progress in moving toward a more post-feminist display of plots and characters. Many of the characters portray strong female leads who are looking for more than just a man to fulfill their lives, and better yet, don't need one. Other movies portray men in a more feminine and sensitive light, hopefully sending the message to young boys that femininity is okay. However, the ground it still must cover before all sexualities cannot be ignored. With minimal representation of anything beyond the gender binaries or heterosexuality, Disney still overall promotes heteronormativity to young audiences. Making a change in the messages we send to children could have a big impact on society as a whole so I think it is important that Disney make bigger and better efforts to keep up with the ever-changing social norms and start showing support by representing queers.
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