Fatherhood in Despicable Me

I don't know if everyone in the class has seen Despicable Me, but in a strange way it's almost a typical portrayal of fatherhood. An evil villain adopts three little girls and has no idea what to do with them and acts very harsh towards them. Over time the girls "soften" him until he learns to love them, be a good father, and save the world (or something like that). I think this goes along with the idea that men don't have this natural instinct the way women do when it comes to children. Additionally, when men are portrayed in children's movies as doing domestic or child-caring tasks, it is often seen as comedic, somewhat like seeing a man in a skirt. There is this perception of femininity as inferior, and therefore it is comedic when men take on feminine roles. As we can see, the girls are suggesting that he is the best dad ever. Men can make mistakes but still be seen as good fathers as long as they are actually doing something. Women on the other hand are easily labeled as bad mothers.  Zoe Halpert

I don’t know if everyone in the class has seen Despicable Me, but in a strange way it’s almost a typical portrayal of fatherhood. An evil villain adopts three little girls and has no idea what to do with them and acts very harsh towards them. Over time the girls “soften” him until he learns to love them, be a good father, and save the world (or something like that). I think this goes along with the idea that men don’t have this natural instinct the way women do when it comes to children. Additionally, when men are portrayed in children’s movies as doing domestic or child-caring tasks, it is often seen as comedic, somewhat like seeing a man in a skirt. There is this perception of femininity as inferior, and therefore it is comedic when men take on feminine roles. As we can see, the girls are suggesting that he is the best dad ever. Men can make mistakes but still be seen as good fathers as long as they are actually doing something. Women on the other hand are easily labeled as bad mothers.

Zoe Halpert

 

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