Wall-E, cute gendered technology
In the interest of procrastination… I saw someone recommended Wall-E for the weeks after break. I thought about this class when I saw this movie over the summer. Really I like Wall-E a lot, but it blatantly puts a lot of gender stereotypes up on screen for the consumption of young viewers. Here’s a breakdown of all the ways I can think of that Wall-E and Eve (technology) are stereotypically gendered:
Earth (Home, Me) Outer Space (Strange, Other)
Loveable Cold (this can go both ways)
It also gave me pause that Pixar made Eve (the savior of humanity) white with blue eyes, when they could have made her purple or something not overtly racialized. But while Wall-E doesn’t move past these tired clichés, it does give us a female (robot) who far outshines the male with her use of technology. If you all think there’s a lot more to say here then I would be up for watching it in class.