As I was flipping through Rereading America one article caught my eye instantly, Why Are All The Cartoon Mothers Dead? by Sarah Boxer. I think this article stood out to me so much because this was something I noticed while growing up and still see today in many animated movies.
Now that I had found one article I really enjoyed and wanted to use I had to find two others that related to this article in some way. It took me awhile to find a connection to another article, but after reading the intro to The Longest War and Becoming Members of Society: Learning The Social Meaning of Gender I had an idea.
The Longest War by Rebecca Solnit might be a little bit of a stretch to relate with the other two articles so if anyone has any suggestion about another article that may fit better it would be greatly appreciated, but it is about how violence against women is overlooked simply because it is thought of as unimportant because women are “inferior” anyways. Becoming Members of Society: Learning The Social Meaning of Gender by Aaron H. Devor is about how what it means to be a male or a female is socially constructed and males and females are suppose to x,y,z. And lastly, Why Are All The Cartoon Mothers Dead? by Sarah Boxer is about what the title says, pretty much, it just discusses what the author believes the reason to be is.
My idea for this paper is to write about gender inequality/ sexism. I related the three articles together by asking myself some questions like, do they kill off the mothers in these movies because we have been brought up by society to think that men are superior and can raise their children on their own better then a women could? As well as why are so many things that are feminine thought of as weak or unimportant?
Please let me know what you all think.