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December 1, 2022

 

New Animation Based on Aesop’s “The Farmer And His Sons”

From the producer of “The Witch’s Dilemma” comes a brand-new animation… this time based on a fable!
Presenting the adapted “The Farmer And His Sons”…

My animation is based on a fable by Aesop. It is called “The Farmer And His Sons”. It is very interesting. Once upon a time, there was a farmer who owned a large estate. He has two sons. One day, he called them into his room, ready to break the news. He had gotten very old and knew that he was dying. He told his sons that there was treasure buried somewhere around the farm! Before he could say more, “Father” passed away. In the original version, there was only that one outcome. I added an outcome where the sons choose not to listen to their father (thus they do not respect their elders- the moral of the story). They do not dig for any treasure, disagree over this and don’t do any work all summer. I won’t spoil the ending, but there is one “happy” and one “sad” ever after, so to speak.
I choose this fable/fairy tale because it wasn’t too over complicated and the decision that had to be made wasn’t so much of a stretch, it came naturally. Many people had to make up decisions because they choose fairy tales that were long and not really based on a choice, more of an adventure. “The Farmer And His Sons” already had a good implication for a choice to be made! And it is clear which ending is the morally correct one and which one is wrong.
To make this project, I first wrote a script based on the original fable. I scripted two endings- one following the original story and an alternative that I made up. Then I made storyboards showing the action in the acts. This was the planning stage. Finally, I made the animation part by part, animating the characters to have conversations and move around until it became an actual story. When I made the animation, I used the script and storyboards as guidelines to help me build the final animation. In total, it took about 4 hours.

Here is the link to my storyboards and script-
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXgarjbkH-c2PbUo-ZnoWTNgulUO-xnAkJFwSQW7R6o/edit?usp=sharing

I linked this so anyone can see what work went into my animation and learn how to do it themselves. They can see my storyboards and script. It may be an interesting experience.


To: Dad

I had not seen you in 8 years

 

8 years where I learned how wrong you treated my mother,

And my mother became my father as well,

And my brother became my male role model.

 

But where were you?

 

8 years where I only heard from you through awkward conversation on the phone

That probably lasted 5 minutes,

But they felt like an eternity.

Every time you asked what was new, I had nothing to say.

I could not find the right things to tell you because you just would not understand.

 

I think that happens when you talk to a stranger,

You don’t know what to say or how to act when you’re with someone you don’t know.

I didn’t know what to tell you.

 

I finally saw you after 8 years.

You were working and, when you saw us,you didn’t know what to do.

 

And I didn’t know how to feel,

Whether to cry of happiness or resentment.

Resentment that you didn’t look for us in 8 years.

We had to look for you.

 

Children of 14 and 16 had to look for their own father,

Because their father was too much of a coward to look for his children

and too much of a drunk to reason,

but that’s what made us let you go.

 

You looked at my brother and then you looked at me as if not knowing if we were real

or just a dream.

You had tears running down your face and I did too,

But I don’t know if they were sad tears of finally seeing you or tears of just feeling sorry for you.

 

There was such an immense ache in my heart because I wanted to punch you for not caring about us but how could I do that if I finally had you.

 

You had us wrapped in your arms

But I felt so trapped.

I just wanted to escape

Because you weren’t home.

You were a stranger.

 

I was hugging a stranger

And that wasn’t right.


The Root of Gender Stereotyping

Gender related stereotypes are still a huge problem in today’s society. Movements like the Women’s March have successfully tried to combat these social norms, yet women are still being held back. Women only make up 6.4% of the Fortune 500 CEO roles. Since 1959, 411 women compared to the 1930 men, have been nominated for a Grammy. Yet we put so much emphasis on breaking these stereotypes, and paving a path towards successful for women, so why hasn’t it been successful? These stereotypes, the stigma we hold, has been engraved in us since the day we were born.

Scientists are beginning to study how parent’s behavior and treatment towards their sons and daughters affects their development. While many parents think that their children naturally exhibited behavior associated with their gender, Lawrence Cohen, author of “Playful Parenting,” explains that while inborn differences do exist, they are quite small. “Girly girl” or “boyish” behavior is nurtured by the behaviors of parents and older family members.  Studies show that despite popular beliefs, from 6 to 12 months olds both boys and girls prefer to play with dolls rather than trucks. Sex-based play preferences occur around age 1. This is because toddlers begin to grasp their gender identity and conform to how they see older boys or girls behaving.

Kids quickly learn what they can and can’t do based off of these gender-related messages. Messages like girls are more nurturing and boys are more math and science oriented can also impact their academic paths and interests as well as future career choices. It can even impact the way they view the opposite sex. If young girls see fathers not approving of his son showing his emotions, it may lead them to think that it’s bad when men show that they are sad or upset. This could be directly linked to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicide. Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression, and while women suffering from depression are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to die by suicide. Because we teach young boys to not show their emotions, it ultimately grows into a greater problem as they get older. Young girls, on the other hand, tend to carry parental disapproval into adulthood. Women are also more self-critical than men, which can be connected to the large percent of women and adolescent girls who have body-dissatisfaction leading to eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and purging.

Through a google search analysis, Michael Gonchar found that American parents do have different expectations for their kids based on gender. Overall, they were more worried about their daughter’s waistlines than their son’s, and focused more on the intelligence of their son’s than their daughters. Of all Google searches starting “Is my 2-year-old,” the most common next word is “gifted.” And parents are two and a half times more likely to ask “Is my son gifted?” than “Is my daughter gifted?” This is very ironic though considering girls in American schools are 11 percent more likely than boys to be in gifted programs.

While society strives to break the social stigmas surrounding gender, we must begin to realize that these stereotypes are being engraved into us as soon as we are born. From the color of the walls in a nursery to the toys we play with, they all factor into how we perceive ourselves and the opposite sex. While completely eliminating gender stereotypes is almost impossible, we can at least continue to try and break the negative ones in our cultures today.

Hypothesis link: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voices/article62651572.html


Do Parents Have Different Standards for Their Sons Than for Their Daughters?

In recent years people have really started to fight for the rights of women. Eliminating the wage gap, speaking up about sexual harassment, encouraging body positivity, and countless other things are being fought for on a daily basis. However, one thing that gets overlooked is how parents treat their children. Researchers have begun to study different ways mothers and fathers interact with their sons and daughters.

Many of these studies conducted usually focus on how mothers treat their children rather than focusing on the behavior of both parents. Jennifer Mascaro, who currently is a researcher in Biological Anthropology at Emory University, explained that for many studies subjects are usually male, “but this is one of the rare situations in which there’s a lot more research on women than men.” This isn’t surprising considering females are usually associated with motherhood and parenting.

The study done by Mascaro, published in the American Psychological Association’s journal Behavioral Neuroscience, focused specifically on fathers’ interactions with their toddlers. This study found that when fathers interacted with their daughters they used comparative and complex words such as “much” and usually talked about emotions such as sadness. With their sons they used words with competitive connotations such as “win” and were more likely to engage in rough physical play and activity.

Negative emotions usually focused on and validated when it comes to girls, being constantly described as “moody” or “dramatic.” Boys, on the other hand,  are usually taught to hold in their emotions, they have to be strong, tough, and unbreakable. These qualities were subtly taught and encouraged to the toddlers by their parents. Both mothers and fathers tended to focus more on emotions and feelings with their daughters. Parents were also more likely to tell detailed stories to their daughters that focused on complex emotions. When it came to their sons parents would be more likely to engage in physical activities.

Interestingly, fathers commonly referenced different body parents of their daughters and not their sons. They would point out and say things such as “tummy” or “face” often times trying to get their young daughters to notice the way she looked. This is something researchers think could be related to the high amount of pre-adolescent girls having body dissatisfaction.

Fathers brains also process time and interactions with their daughters differently then with their sons. Mascaro also found that when dads saw pictures of their children, the brains of fathers with daughters reacted the strongest to their daughters’ happy expressions. The brains of fathers with sons reacted most to their sons’ neutral expressions. They are unsure why this happens, but they are striving to discover whether this is the result of some biological difference in the fathers reactions about different genders, or whether they are the product of social and cultural norms about how girls and boys should behave.

It should be noted that there are limitations to this study. This includes its small sample size and the fact that they only studied people from one area of the United States. This means that conclusions about fathers from other countries and other cultures with different societal norms can not be made. Other factors such as parental age, the number of children one father has, ethnicity, income, and hours the fathers worked per week, were very similar for all dads in the study regardless of their child’s gender, researchers did not take into consideration other important factors such as the education level of the fathers.

While this study may not have drawn many solid conclusions it opened up a world of questions that are currently being tested and studied around the world. If we begin to understand where gender stereotypes are being taught we can start to eliminate them.

Hypothesis link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-finds-striking-differences-in-how-dads-treat-sons-daughters/


That Fragile Bubble

My father owned two houses and a dragon robe

where he would step in and out

but never to my home.

Father, you could rule your kingdom as you wished

claiming you were the only king

but you could never hold on to me

 

I was the drifting wind

vividly I could chase after you

when I was your girl

or was it just a bubble?

Where the air was too dense

and too murky

then I got lost.  

 

Father, father, where were you?

Why did I only see this broken girl

who was trying to see through the cracked mirror

to remember your disguised face?

 

I closed my eyes

and fainted into this bubble

where I could be your actual daughter

not just that little girl

but suddenly it broke.

Then I fell hard

but you weren’t there

when I was scared

 

Dad, dad, dad

Let me call you my dad one last time

to keep this bubble still

so that I can see through the mirror

One more time.

 

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