"If you are not already a participant in the culture of power, being told explicitly the rules of that culture makes acquiring power easier." (Delpit, 25)The cartoons, movies, and books we were read as children taught us the rules of power right from the start. Hansel and Gretel taught us to fear strange people. Red Riding Hood taught us to listen to our parents or face the consequences of getting eaten by a wolf. Delpit would completely agree that media is one of the main ways those that stay in power remain in power. It indoctrinates the next generation of power holders how to keep their power as they grow up.
Another connection I saw in this piece was with the McIntosh reading from a couple of weeks ago. Her list on white privilege and Deutsch's list on male privilege applies to the points being made by Christensen in her piece. McIntosh talks about how white people can almost always except to see themselves as the main characters in media. Christensen's discussion about two of her students angry that Disney, at the time of her article, did not have a princess of colour in any of their movies relates back to that point made by McIntosh. Deutsch's male privilege list how in most of the princess movies, the desire of the princess is to meet a man and have all her desires taken care of.
|Trust me sweetheart, any man who picks their bride off of one dance and shoe size isn't someone you want to marry.|