Paper Title

The ever after: the alternatives given outside marriage

Location

Room 212, West Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

Keywords

Disney, marriage, happiness, communication, feminism, alternatives

Abstract

In this conceptual paper, I will critique the Disney’s portrayal of the idea that happiness should rely upon marriage. I will take up an intersectional approach by exploring counter-narratives of how social and economic status, schooling, family structure and socialization are not exclusive to marriage as happiness. Moreover, communication and feminist critique theories will be used to analyze the discourse of Popular Disney Fairy Tales through a chronologic perspective to explore how media are manipulative in depicting hegemonic systems wherein women need marriage to be happy. I draw upon my life experiences as 29 years old mother from Mozambique, who is not married. In my society, it is difficult to accept other alternatives of happiness outside marriage. In this paper, I share my story when I graduated in 2009, got a job, and was happy. However, my society, parents, relatives, coworkers, did not recognize me as a woman, as a mature social person because I was not married. Now, my society condemns me because I am a single mother, and cannot follow strictly the social steps to build a family. That is why many women prefer to keep the marriage even unhappy, meaning that they cannot envision other alternatives for happiness outside marriage, meaning that they cannot envision other alternatives for happiness outside marriage.

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The ever after: the alternatives given outside marriage

Room 212, West Center

In this conceptual paper, I will critique the Disney’s portrayal of the idea that happiness should rely upon marriage. I will take up an intersectional approach by exploring counter-narratives of how social and economic status, schooling, family structure and socialization are not exclusive to marriage as happiness. Moreover, communication and feminist critique theories will be used to analyze the discourse of Popular Disney Fairy Tales through a chronologic perspective to explore how media are manipulative in depicting hegemonic systems wherein women need marriage to be happy. I draw upon my life experiences as 29 years old mother from Mozambique, who is not married. In my society, it is difficult to accept other alternatives of happiness outside marriage. In this paper, I share my story when I graduated in 2009, got a job, and was happy. However, my society, parents, relatives, coworkers, did not recognize me as a woman, as a mature social person because I was not married. Now, my society condemns me because I am a single mother, and cannot follow strictly the social steps to build a family. That is why many women prefer to keep the marriage even unhappy, meaning that they cannot envision other alternatives for happiness outside marriage, meaning that they cannot envision other alternatives for happiness outside marriage.