Whats Sex Got To Do With… Frozen?


When one thinks of Disney movies it’s hard not to think of the classical princess and prince charming plot line associated with it. Disney never fails to present their audience with a great movie providing deep meanings, true love, and a good laugh. The newly released and critically raved movie, Frozen, by Disney has been criticized to be providing a different and more controversial message than previous films.

While the visible plot line at the surface is seen to be one sister who struggles with magical powers and the other sister trying to obtain a relationship with her. In the end the sisters are able to save themselves with out the presence of a “prince charming”. Due to this, there have been many arguments that this movie has underlying messages of homosexuality and feminism.

It was said by many critics that this film was an advertisement for the gay agenda in making the world a more accepting place. The main character Elsa and her magical power is said to be in relation to homosexuality as she is exiled from the public and even ostracized by her own family. She was born different and this different is portrayed as a bad thing and she isn’t a “good girl”. She is told by her parents to conceal this power and to not feel it and this rejection is a symbol for the oppression gay people face everyday. The climax to the repression is released when Elsa sings “Let It Go”, which is commonly said to be her coming out anthem. Through the lyrics she is able to free herself from what she has been hiding from the world her entire life.

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see

Be the good girl you always have to be

Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know

Well, now they know!

Let it go, let it go

Can’t hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn away and slam the door!

I don’t care

What they’re going to say

Let the storm rage on,

The cold never bothered me anyway!

The idea of Elsa being born with her powers and trying to conceal them as a child in order to be normal relates to the social pressure every person faces to perform their appropriate identities. There is a system of compulsory heterosexuality that organizes the beliefs of natural gender orders. Defying these norms carries many implications such as violence and harassment. Butler describes this performance of our sexual identities as a process as we learn to present ourselves and act in gender-correct ways.

It is also said that feminism is present in the film as both of the female protagonists are not saved by their prince but they save themselves. There isn’t a clear male dominance in the film where the females don’t need the presence of a man for assistance. Would you consider this Disney animation that has accumulated praise and speculation to have an underlying message of compulsory heterosexuality? Is presenting these messages to children a good thing in showing characters trying to conform to norms?

3 thoughts on “Whats Sex Got To Do With… Frozen?

  1. When you’re talking about a commercial institution like Disney the question isn’t if there’s compulsory heterosexuality, it’s how much. Seen through that lens, I think this film is a step forward because the lack of prince charming dependence means a slight reduction in C.H. This brings up the question we encounter frequently in class of whether “bad but at least less bad than it used to be” in general can be taken as a good thing. Do you think the incomplete progress here is still progress?


  2. The idea of something between wrong with people who do not fit into the binary has come up a lot. In the documentary about Asexuals, it touches on the fact that people believe they have medical problems due to the fact they have no sex drive toward other people and then again in “The Bisexual Menace Revisited” when it talks about how bisexuals are called liars who are scared to come out. It is interesting children’s movie touches on this.


  3. I’d never really thought about Frozen and the message it conveys much until reading your post. For so many years, Disney has always produced what seemed to be the “ideal” situation for a young girl: finding a prince charming and living happily ever after. I think it’s so interesting how something as influential as Disney can promote compulsive heterosexuality so much, and I’ve never really noticed or been affected by it before. This reminds me of the video Orgasm Inc when the woman has surgery to change a problem that was viewed as society as “not normal”. I think so many times we feel as if we must change what isn’t normal and make it normal… because that’s what society is telling us to do. I think it’s great that Disney can produce a new movie that FINALLY shows acceptance of who you are. Although it’s one of this first, I think this is a great first step. I also hope kids can view the movie Frozen as a positive model of accepting and allowing yourself to be who you are.


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