Minnie Mouse's new look for Women's History Month

Famous Disney character Minnie Mouse is getting a makeover.

Watch the video above to see how.

This marks Disneyland Paris's 30th Anniversary. Minnie's new look, designed by Stella McCartney has been created in honour of Women's History Month.

You can read more about this story here.

According to the BBC: "Minnie's makeover comes at a time when these is a lot of focus at Disney...for the way they have represented characters in their movies."

There are plans for Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Pluto to get new costumes, too.


  1. What do you think of Minnie's new look - can you respond with just ONE word?
  2. How do you think this might influence conversations about gender bias?

Add your answers below!

Comments (105)

  • British Council.jpg quickwitted_iceberg | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    1. An Eye-opener
    2. I guess it helps to show the rest of the world that they are ready to attain gender equality; that they are ready to do something about it, not just sit down and complain all day. I also think that this is a good way of making known their intention to the rest of the world, because when the others see this, they they also will begin to emulate it.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      quickwitted_iceberg's comment 26 Mar 2022

      This is true, the view that exists must be changed. We women share rights and duties with men

  • British Council.jpg inspired_tamarillo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    I'd say that one word for Minnie's new look is that it is "Revolutionary" because according to the article, it was noted that,"This new take on her signature polka dots makes Minnie Mouse a symbol of progress for a new generation." It shows change and betterment for future generations.
    I think that might influence conversations about gender bias because going through the comments on the article, I saw comments like,"Well to be honest, they should add a skirt instead of the trousers" , "I really don't like her new outfit. I hope this doesn't stay forever, that it is just for a special occasion.Keep the classics please!" and then another says "Minnie in a suit looks like Mickey in a suit". From all these comments, I have been able to decipher that some fans do not want Minnie in a suit because it makes her look like Mickey (Girls should not wear what men wear ) and should stick to a skirt which is "classic(change is not needed for a girl, her roles should be static).
    And then again, there were other comments like, "I'm kinda sad that they didn't keep her old outfit, but at the same time, it's good they changed her outfit, to show how this new generation is changing!" and another says, "yay also her skirt was VERY short and really we need to see more girls in suits you go boss". From these comments it is now seen that some other people think that change should be embraced (females should not stick to same old roles but rather, there is need for change) and also, girls too should be able to appear in suits without being criticized. It is not only for men.
    From my evaluation of these comments, some people support the change adopted by Minnie while some do not just the way that some people support gender equality and others do not. Therefore, this change, I believe is going to lead to several other conversations about gender bias.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      inspired_tamarillo's comment 26 Mar 2022

      This reflects the difference in views. The change that took place on Mickey's clothes has both supporters and opponents, just like the issue of prejudice. There are those who support and there are those who oppose. Some say that a woman is like a man in everything, while others say she is only a housewife and she has to take care of the children. This is how the human soul is. Difference is a feature of her life, and I believe that this difference generates new ideas that work to find solutions that satisfy all parties

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Mar 2022

    (Bad) I think her first outfit she wore was lively with its bright colors showing her femininity but now she looks like Mickey!! I think that this change has entrenched and deepened the gender bias to transform her form into a masculine and erase her feminine identity and encroach on femininity.. I think she is an influential cartoon character because transforming her into a masculinity through her outfit will make it difficult for many to accept that...

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      aware_painting's comment 25 Mar 2022

      Do you think femininity has to be portrayed in the way she used to be dressed?

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 25 Mar 2022

        A woman can maintain her femininity in all places, whether at work or at home, as she is able to have children and take care of the affairs of her home and her husband, this means that she is able to take care of herself and is able to choose what suits her and achieve her ambitions.

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 26 Mar 2022

      Perhaps what you are saying is true, but if you look around you, you will find that everything has changed, and this character was and still is popular with many, so it was necessary to change events to keep her in the first place always. You may not like her look, but there are other people who liked the new look and considered it a new beginning for the quality of the character’s content

    3. British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
      aware_painting's comment 25 Jun 2022

      I disagree with you because people can wear any type of clothing they want and there are many reasons for that. So, clothes should also not be stereotyped for men and women, boys and girls. The reasons are:

      1) in some cultures, every sex wheres a skirt or a dress. An example of this is the Scottish culture, where men wore woolen socks turned down at the knees, and a sparon. The Scottish culture does not end at home but it is in other schools. You probably think that the schools in Scotland have Scottish culture but what if I told you that most of them don't wear skirts and all of that in Nyakasura Uganda, a Scottish school has been formed and it is a boy's school. The headmaster says that this boosts their confidence and can make them better leaders because of the confidence and parents send their children too because it boosts confidence.

      Lnk: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/484559241134144253/
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHiDXN-3Rmc&t=140s

      2)There are many comedians nowadays that act as two or more people that can be both male and female and when acting these roles they wear clothes of the opposite gender. These comedians sometimes wear women's clothing but they are men and most of them are men. They include Ojo from Nigeria, a plaque from Kenya, and many others. You might have also heard of these comedians.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    I think that her new look is a mixture of gender harmony that symbolizes that we are at all times together male and female to build a society where there is no difference between male and female, everyone has the right to education, health care and healthy social life and together to abolish all manifestations of prejudice against others regardless of Their gender, race, or religion

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    My one word will be equality, why equality you may ask, I feel like the new look is a power statement for all the women around. It will positively affect gender bias it will make women to feel more comfortable I feel.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      champion_elephant's comment 25 Mar 2022

      I think so, my friend, because he did not stop at children means that a woman can be like a man even in what she wears and does not affect her femininity.

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    My one word will be problem, I feel like this will stir up some type of bad blood from the media and even persons as individualds. The positive part about it is that no matter what the reaction is they are still spreading news about gender equality so I am actually overwhelmed.

      1. British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        willing_imagination's comment 28 Mar 2022

        okay, I mean the change is good, but we all know how people can be the next thing people start saying is why do they want to change something that has been the same. The other thing I tried to say is the bad blood is somehow a positive thing don't you think, the reaction negative or positive must stir up some sort of reaction from the mass media or don't you agree.

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          champion_elephant's comment 28 Mar 2022

          Thank you, my friend, for the clarification. It is always necessary to look for a positive change that gives energy to a person. He follows the example of self-belief that there is something worth looking for.

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    First of all, Minnie's look is INFLUENTIAL.
    You may ask me the reason why Minnie's look is INFLUENTIAL.
    This will influence conversations about gender bias, because Minnie's look has a great meaning which when analyzed means leadership. If looked upon, it will interest you to note that the society believes that wearing of trousers is meant only for the male gender. Minnie, is popularly known to be dressed in a skirt with polka dot. But Minnie, dressed in pantsuit simply illustrates that women too have the right to do what a male gender does and become great leaders who would have the right to speak for truth and justice .
    Of course we do know that men are always been placed as leaders and the female gender are not because they are underestimated. But by this new look it tell us that change is key and it's high time women become leaders because "what a man can do a woman can do better" and by this there should be a change were women become leaders.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      affable_atmosphere's comment 25 Mar 2022

      You've explained your choice of word very effectively, affable_atmosphere. Who do you think Minnie will be most influential for?

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 26 Mar 2022

        I think that women have the greatest influence with this change, for we must have what men have the right to education or any other privileges

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      affable_atmosphere's comment 26 Mar 2022

      You are right, the change that has occurred in the world supports what you say, everything has changed, so why does the woman remain unchanged?

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    My one word will be inspiration, why inspiration well that is because Minnie is changing something about her that has been the same for years, the impact of this on gender equality will be massive because people say they do nothing about gender inequality because it has been like that for quite some time(just like Minnies look) but that can all change because this will force a reaction from the media even if it is wanted or not and that will also cause organizations that fight for gender inequality to come out of hiding.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    25 Mar 2022

    Q 1) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (great).
    Q 2) It can influence conversations about gender bias because women's work is not noticed but for once, women like Stella McCartney will be noticed for their work. Kids will also love it because of the new look given to Minnie and for once in a lifetime you will find a child mentioning a name of a woman who revolutionized his or her childhood. BREAK THE BIAS.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 25 Mar 2022

      This is a great point that no one else has raised yet, rational_grape - how Stella McCartney will inspire others.

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      rational_grape's comment 26 Mar 2022

      Men's talents are usually mentioned more, but women are not. I give you an example that Ronaldo is the most famous in the world of sports, but no one mentioned that there are women competing with him, the Brazilian Marta.
      Brazilian Marta is considered one of the best players in the history of women's football, the best player in the world 5 times, and the most awarded.

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        willing_imagination's comment 28 Mar 2022

        Can you tell us more about her, willing_imagination?

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Mar 2022

          She started playing for the Brazil national team in 2002, and has 54 goals for her country. Marta is considered one of the best football players in history, as she won the award for the best football player in the world 4 times in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She won the FIFA Golden Ball award in 2010. She also holds the record for the most recorded player For goals in the World Cup competitions by 15 goals. She currently plays in the MLS with the Orlando Pride team

    3. British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      rational_grape's comment 26 Mar 2022

      exactly my point but what can we do as individuals to break the bias

  • HUB LOGO TEMPLATE (11).jpg decisive_fox | Castle Hill Primary School | United Kingdom
    25 Mar 2022

    I am glad that this is online so it can show people that individuals can wear what they want and they don't have to think about what other people think about them when they get dressed.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      decisive_fox's comment 25 Mar 2022

      Yes, this is true, freedom of choice is not limited to men only, as well as women can choose what they want without interference from anyone.

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    A new look for Minnie Mouse and a wonderful she has worn the color blue and some people think that the blue color is only for males and here Minnie Mouse shows us the opposite This may affect the conversations on the gender bias by some people objecting that the blue color is only for males

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    I feel the word to describe Minnie's new look is "expressive" because it expresses the designer's innermost feelings and thoughts.
    "What I love about Minnie is the fact that she embodies happiness, self-expression, and authenticity, and that she inspires people of all ages around the world. Plus, she has such great style." - Stella McCartney

    "Minnie has always had a special place in my heart. We share the same values." - Stella McCartney

    Her expressiveness in her work showed creativity, the designer, Stella McCartney, through her design expressed a lot of creativity when she said...

    "I wanted Minnie to wear her very first pantsuit at Disneyland Paris, so I have designed one of my iconic costumes - a blue tuxedo - using responsibly sourced fabrics."

    What I noticed from her was that her design was expressing change that is from old to new. I also noticed it when she said...
    "This new take on her signature polka dots makes Minnie Mouse a symbol of progress for a new generation." "It's not just the clothes that have changed. Minnie's red bow has been swapped out for blue, and her yellow shoes exchanged for black ones to complete the look."

    I felt she was trying to say, gone are the days when Minnie was only seen wearing gowns and skirts, now, it is time for a change.

    This might influence conversations about gender bias because it will help people to be expressive about what they feel, their innermost thoughts. When people get creative, solutions to gender bias come out. For example, the wright brothers sat down one day and thought "what if humans could fly?" that was being creative. The problem that was to be solved was how humans could be able to fly, and the Wright brothers got creative and came up with aeroplanes that have helped humans in many ways today. Humans can now get to their destinations in a faster and more secure way.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      constructive_moth's comment 31 Mar 2022

      Yes, it's crazy, but it's worth a change. What matters is not the clothes, but what they symbolize. The caveman didn't know what clothes existed today, and at first he used tree leaves to cover his body. However, his actions are still evident to this day. This is what the designer wanted to convey to everyone, male and female, because everyone is equal

    2. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      constructive_moth's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Constructive_moth, much of this answer has been copied from another student, which is against the rules of the Student Hub. Your account has therefore been suspended.

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    beautiful 😚
    Minnie Mouse deserves and the woman deserves to be rewarded because she gets tired and naughty for the happiness of her children and husband 💕😔

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    I thank and salute every woman And I support her and say: I trust you and I am confident that all your dreams will come true 💕

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    I want to add something
    A woman is beautiful in all cases, and her heart remains pure white Women deserve all thanks, appreciation and respect Because there are many women who have achieved many achievements that no man has achieved in the end
    Thank you woman 💕

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      outspoken_shrimp's comment 31 Mar 2022

      Thank you to all the women of the world. Make sure, my dear, that you are an important thing on this planet. Do not falter and do not be afraid. Be who you are and do not let fear hinder your ambitions. We women are strong, and as they say (behind every great man is a woman)

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    26 Mar 2022

    Minnie's new look is extremely gorgeous (stunning) .
    It can impact gender bias conversation in a very good way like the fact that her new attire is blue around the is said that the colour blue is a boys colour while pink is for girls but this has proven that there is no such thing as boys or girls colour .

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      inventive_analysis's comment 31 Mar 2022

      Yes, you are right, everyone is equal in rights and duties, so why should they not be equal in clothing?

  • British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    26 Mar 2022

    My one word reaction for Minnie's new makeover is "confident".
    Minnies has not changed her outfit in 94 years up until now. Everyone was used to seeing her in a red poker dotted dress but she suddenly adapted to a new design that was totally not what her fans thought she would ever wear and she is so confident and happy about it. This can influence conversations on gender bias most especially for girls(people) who would like to take new steps but considering the critics made by the people around them, they choose not to take those new steps and make those decisions that actually make them feel happy. What's more confident about Minnies new makeover is how she is able to to embrace her new look and still respond positively to all the different kinds of comments and expressions she gets from other people. She is a perfect example of "be the change you want to see". She is not trying to adjusting to society's standards by considering the negative comments some people may make on her makeover but instead she is making society adjust to her's by letting them know the new her and I think every girl should aspire to be like Minnie.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      sincere_spring's comment 31 Mar 2022

      Confidence is not an easy thing and not everyone can get it, but I believe that my new look changed the outlook and proved that we can earn the trust of others through change for the better.
      But I would like to ask a question to whom did you change the design, why did you do that? Was there a situation you went through that made you change your appearance in this way? The change here considered it a revolution because it turned everything around and proved that we, as women, can share with men and share everything with them, and you have broken a barrier that has existed for decades.

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    26 Mar 2022

    The word I am going with is 'Evolving' because as we all know change is constant and one way or the other we would all have to undergo the process and the thrilling thing about this is that the way Minnie has been portrayed favours both genders respectively, yes she is wearing pants which people think is for boys but at the same time she still has her trade mark polka dots which shows originality along with the new idea. I feel like other animation companies may also adopt this idea and change the way some characters look. For example imagine if Pixar made a female minion how cool would that be?

  • British Council.jpg quick_banana | Makini Academy | Kenya
    26 Mar 2022

    1. inspiring
    2. it might influence conversations by telling other girls that they can be whoever and wear whatever they want and that dresses are just an option not a lifestyle . It leads the world to open a whole new chapter to these conversations and that everyone isn't the same.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    26 Mar 2022

    Minnie looks basically professional, In the place where I come from suit is seen as a device to be heard from, a woman or even a man in suit fumes with confidence, authorithy, panache, flair, if you had to go for a promotional defence you would put on your suit.
    Minnie looks like she is ready to pursuit for a change in the system, and as we all know you dress to impress right now she looks like she is ready for her voice to be heard, if no one would listen or hear from minnie I would because she is dressed for success and will most likely have a good say.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    26 Mar 2022

    The new-look given to Minnie Mouse can influence conversations on gender bias because if you look at it from a different perspective you find that the new look given to her promotes gender equality positively. This is because it shows women can choose whatever clothes they want just like men. For example, a man can wear earrings and people won't care about it but a woman even wearing a short dress will be condemned and we all know that change starts in our childhood and all our biases are caused by how we were brought up but when boys and girls watch Mickey and Minnie it shows that dress code is not bad and it's optional to wear what you want to wear. Another word I would use instead of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is Equality.

  • British Council.jpg trusting_pear | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    26 Mar 2022

    1. Comfortable
    2. I believe that this might influence conversations of gender bias in a way that women aren't just models of the best shape all type, they don't get tired.... women are humans, they get tired of dresses and glamorous looks, they need to rest with a comfy outfit but still having their feminism and power.

  • British Council.jpg chatty_cicada | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Mar 2022

    bewitching
    I think this might influence conversations about gender bias by ignoring the other's gender.

  • British Council.jpg honorable_peak | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    26 Mar 2022

    Q1
    Immaculate
    Q2
    This will raise a conversation on gender bias in such a way that ,women's work are not appropriate but as a woman like Stella McCartney has bring something inspiring to kids and because of this, she will be noticed for a her work. Kids will love her for updating their favourite Minnie and once in their life they will be saying something about a woman who modified his or her childness.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    I think that by virtue of the fact that Minnie is a media cartoon character, she needs to change and renew with the amount of technological leap that societies are experiencing in the world, but the innovation she made in her clothes had the greatest impact on the female society, I think that females were taken by a purely female character and a symbol that enhances their right and gives women support that she needs, but changing her clothes somewhat turned the equation, as this symbol became giving the impression that Minnie tends to the male sex, women found that he lost the feminine right and added it to men, here the gender bias became clear and apparent, this step reinforced gender bias and was a big slap to the female society That the change came from a female character, what would we expect if it was Mickey Mouse who changed his clothes to a miniskirt and a tie??? Will the scale of condemnation and opposition be this large or stronger???

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      aware_painting's comment 28 Mar 2022

      This is an interesting question, aware_painting. What is your opinion on it?

  • British Council.jpg genius_gazelle | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    I think that the word would be: "  empowerment "
    Stella McCartney presented Minni Mouse As a symbol of empowerment through this design which is promoting women's sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.
    I think this might influence conversations about gender bias because of:
    - Stella McCartney herself who was chosen by Disney to design the newfit for Minni which sends astrong message that women designers in such big and important events can create and innovate as well as men designers.
    ( since the majority of designers in female fashion are actually men, ).
    - The radical changes that have been happened to Minni clothes by McCartney shows that the women's clothing can be equal to men's clothing. Pansuits are actually more functional, comfortable and suitable to women especially in their workplace therefor this can promote the women's sence  of self confidence.
    _ By this design McCartney breaks the public mindset that the women's worth is linked to her appearance, it is actually like men linked to her creativity, her accomplishments, her good thinking, her smartness, her ability to determine her own choices and taking decisions at serious times.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      genius_gazelle's comment 28 Mar 2022

      A strong set of reasons, genius_gazelle, which are all linked to each other. Do you think this could have a big impact on the public mindset?

      1. British Council.jpg genius_gazelle | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 29 Mar 2022

        Yes, I think that's a lot. If redesigning a cartoon character's clothing like Minnie has taken up a lot of controversy between a supporter and an opponent.
        . It is a fortiori that the real famous characters we see every day on TV and social media have the same or perhaps more impact on many people's mindsets, especially the clothes and designs they wear that affect many girls and mothers alike, It also affects the mindset of men, who may change their stereotypes about what women wear.

  • British Council.jpg champion_elephant | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    28 Mar 2022

    My one word will be inspiration, why inspiration well that is because Minnie is changing something about her that has been the same for years, the impact of this on gender equality will be massive because people say they do nothing about gender inequality because it has been like that for quite some time(just like Minnie's look) but that can all change because this will force a reaction from the media even if it is wanted or not and that will also cause organizations that fight for gender inequality to come out in open.

  • British Council.jpg placid_emotion | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    My first reaction was "Inspirational"!
    I think what disney did was so brave and good, and it inspires kids to dress the way they want.
    I think that's important because we live in a society were kids is being told that some clothes are for men and some clothes are for women, so showing minnie (which is a female character) in a suit is very bizarre! And it somehow tells children to be who they are and to wear what they like.
    The concept of selecting clothes for boys and clothes for girls is a kind of gender bias. And it's dangerous for a lot of reasons :
    - children choosing their clothes is the first step to become independent; and telling them what to wear and what to not will unvalid this point.
    - it makes children uncomfortable; 1-kids don't like to be limited at all 2- they might not like the way society tell them to dress. And being uncomfortable is a step forward to be insecure in the future.
    - you're planting wrong beliefs into a kid, which will make it harder to solve the problem of bias. (Because kids are the future, if you teach them wrongly you basically destroyed the future).
    So I'm really happy Disney decided to start educating kids about the problem.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      placid_emotion's comment 29 Mar 2022

      Do you think shops should no longer have "girls" and "boys" sections to them, placid_emotion?

      1. British Council.jpg placid_emotion | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 29 Mar 2022

        Yes, I think all shops should be for all gender identities.
        For example, clothes shops should be sorted as "gender neutral" shops. Because fabric is surely genderless, so it makes no sense if they gendered it just because of the way it's shaped or maked, it's still fabric after all.
        And i would say, ESPECIALLY kids clothes shops, because I don't think kids should be put into that kind of stereotypes at such a young age. and they shouldn't feel ashamed or embarrassed of the way they dress/want to dress like; because it reflect their true self and express how they feel which is important for their mental health and confidence!
        Another example, toys shops, i don't think there should be things such as "girl toys" and "boy toys", some girls might like to play with cars and some boys might like to play with dolls! And it's no harm. they're kids, so let them be.

  • British Council.jpg artistic_context | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    I think the word that suits Mennie's new look is " masculinity" because it characterizes men's uniform that is the common outfit. It is presented by the blue color that is famous in male's appearance. It is unusual to dress a well known cartoon female this way, so this new look reinforces unequality and stresses gender bias. Mennie has been changed to boyish version. This may affect the common think of the normal feminine look. It is a way to spread this thought golably as millions of people watch this cartoon and follow it. So this new image will be engraved in children's mind and will certainly influence them sooner or later. I will not go with what is happening to Minnie regarding its shape as many people may misunderstand this change that highlights gender bias and may adopt it in their life on a daily basis.

    1. British Council.jpg daring_raccoon | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      artistic_context's comment 29 Mar 2022

      Thank you for your contribution. If I may ask, why do you think she's dressed in a "men's uniform" as you said ? and why would you restrict suits and the colour blue to being for men only?

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    29 Mar 2022

    Thank you all
    Thank you woman
    💕🌞

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    When I saw the new Minnie look, my first reaction was, "symbolic". Symbolism is an artistic and poetic movement or style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express mystical ideas, emotions, and states of mind. Throughout history, symbols have been one of the most effective means of conveying complex ideas or beliefs. I feel that symbols have three main purposes: to identify, to describe and to create value. The new Minnie pant suit look, IDENTIFIES to the world, including people who are uniformed about gender bias that there is a fight going on for the rights and well being of females all around the world. It also clearly DESCRIBES the nature of this fight for gender equality by making it clear that it is not a fight of "blood and iron" but a fight of intellect and reason. It does this by using a means that is not in any way provocative but simple and well defined . Lastly, I feel that the new Minnie outfit CREATES VALUE for the gender equality fight. It does this by encompassing everything that the gender equality fight aims for and presents it in a simple package- a cartoon character.

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      motivated_camel's comment 29 Mar 2022

      I really like the way you've applied the definition of symbolism to your answer motivated_camel!

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    Based on what women face in Nigeria, I think she would influence women who are not able to wear what the like in order to represent their self in different high ranking jobs.
    Minnie's look will most likely represent women who are engaged in politics and are not allowed to express their self or contest because of their dressing.
    Minnie's new look will influence women especially from Nigeria, to stand up and do what the feel is right no matter their dressing as long as there is a change in the mindset of our society and a change in our leadership.

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    Minnie's new outfit was a brave step by Stella Mccartney . I personally never new that Minnie-mouse outfit was going to change ,because Minnie mouse has been known for her red and white polka dot dress. But all of a sudden a "pan-suit" this all weird and stuff seeing Minnie in a pan-suit .Minnie's new outfit is for the empowerment for women ,but not everybody is in support of this new outfit some people love it while some say it is the worst idea ever ,some say it is a bad marketing decision , and other say their childhood has slowly been ruined. Why are people against her wearing a pan-suit ? is it because she is a woman?

  • British Council.jpg daring_raccoon | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    I would use the word "CAPTIVATING"
    This is captivating because it draws so much interest around the world. Minnie's new look tells people, especially children that they can dress in whatever they like. Girls can dress in suits or trousers and feel comfortable in it. This will help destabilize the stereotype that only men can dress in suits or in the color blue. This new look has also promoted the recognition of Stella McCartney who designed Minnie's dress. Stella has helped to break the bias in the way women dress because she is well informed on the dangers of restricting a particular dressing pattern to boys or girls.

  • British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    I would say that MINNIE MOUSE'S could reacted with one word and that is "impartiality" because it shows equal clothing to both girls and boys and this will make people love her more.

  • British Council.jpg amazing_reflection | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    29 Mar 2022

    1. Peculiar
    2. Her outfit seems to be unisex, which concequently leads to decrease the discrimination between male and female and make them equal in everything.

  • British Council.jpg jolly_science | Beit Ula Basic Girls School No.1 B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    I agree with this because it helps not to inculcate prejudice in the minds of children to build a generation that is aware and free from prejudice.

  • British Council.jpg inspiring_land | Makini Academy | Kenya
    29 Mar 2022

    Minnie's new outfit is a message to girls everywhere that they should be afraid to stand up for what is right and not to be afraid to speak up ,to be confident for this influences leadership

  • British Council.jpg lovely_strawberry | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    1- (sudden)
    2- This topic raises controversy
    Everyone was shocked to break the stereotype of Minnie

    * Did Minnie's personality change just because of her clothes?!
    No, of course, Minnie remains friendly and cheerful.
    * Why is blue the usual color for males? Does wearing it break femininity?
    The association of blue with males is nothing but a marketing ploy, blue has been associated with females in ancient times, and I mentioned this before... As for wearing this blue, I find it a good gesture that breaks the classification of blue for males and pink for females. It's kind of a change!
    * Does wearing Minnie new clothes affect our impression of her?
    Yes, clothes affect the impression of those who see us, and everything that is said on TV or children's channels affects their minds to a large extent. A child's thinking and personality are the result of what he sees in his surroundings or on television.

    ...
    Changing Minnie's clothes means a lot. She is here as a businesswoman. Women can function efficiently. This is what I see from the picture.... We may be upset to change the classic mini, which carries with it our memories, but we must accept the changes if they are positive.


    (Sometimes small changes have a profound effect)

  • British Council.jpg unassuming_fly | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    I believe that because Minnie is a media cartoon character, she needs to change and renew with the amount of technological advancements that societies are experiencing around the world, but the innovation she made in her clothes had the greatest impact on female society. I believe that females were taken by a purely female character and a symbol that enhances their rights and gives women the support that they require, but changing her clothes somewhat turned the equation.

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    30 Mar 2022

    Minnie's new outfit was a brave step by Stella Mccartney . I personally never new that minnie's outfit was going to change ,because minnie mouse has been known for her red and white polka dot dress. But all of a sudden a "pan-suit" this all weird and stuff seeing minnie in a pan-suit .Minnie's new outfit is for the empowerment for women ,but not everybody is in support of this new outfit some people love it while some say it is the worst idea ever ,some say it is a bad marketing decision , and other say their childhood has slowly been ruined. Why are people against her wearing a pan-suit ? is it because she is a woman?

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      inventive_analysis's comment 30 Mar 2022

      You mention what other people might think about Minnie's new outfit, but what's your personal opinion inventive_analysis?

  • British Council.jpg fantastic_cymbals | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    30 Mar 2022

    On seeing the change, I first thought why the change. But on a second look, what came to my mind was "Befitting".
    One may even ask why "Befitting"?
    I chose this word because this upgrade to me represent our modern society. We are no longer in the age where women only dress up to stay at home and take care of the family. We are in an age where women are allowed to dress up, go to work and have their own personal opinions. Minnie's old dress to me represented the women of old that only wore gowns and went out only for the purpose of shopping. They did not have a say in the society. On the other hand, the new dress is symbolic. It represents the fact that women are now able to do even what men can do (the meaning of the suit). It means that women now have a say in the society and evolution is taking place. They have the ability to take up leadership positions not based on merit but based on competency.
    So to me, the upgrade to Minnie's dress is befitting (well deserved).

  • British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    30 Mar 2022

    My reaction to this is " ENLIGHTENING". The media can be seen as a global medium in which information is passed through. Enlightenment can be said to be one of the major features of the media. I think what Stella McCartney new design of Minnie mouse in pantsuit is trying to pass to us is,to terminate the idea or stereotype of trousers to be a males clothing. It is a fact that men's bodies are different from women's bodies and women tend to have wider hips and curvier figures than men do but does this stop women from wearing trousers, certainly NO! I think you could agree with me that all over the world trousers are being stereotyped to be a male's clothing. This might influence conversations about gender bias because the society has made wearing trousers by women to be going against dressing norms, but I feel that's not what Minnie's new look is trying to entail or enlighten us on is cancel the ideology and stereotype by creating a new idea that trousers could also be worn by women and not only men. Girls wear dresses boys wear suits. These are just some of the gender stereotypes associated with fashion.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      strong_lion's comment 30 Mar 2022

      How could Disney dress a male character to help break gender stereotypes, strong_lion?

      1. British Council.jpg strong_lion | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 31 Mar 2022

        Well, Disney could make their male characters to dress as both a female in a gown and a male in suit, I think it would give a sense of gender equality and make the stereotypes of gowns and suit to be for females and males respectively to be overlooked. Just like the famous actor, writer, and singer Billy porter I think his main reason for dressing as both a male and a female is to remove the gender stereotypes of dress codes. Billy Porter made a statement when he wore a ball gown to the 2019 Oscars. He said he wore the gown, because he wanted “to play between the masculine and the feminine.” I think by dressing a male character in both male and female customs we could eradicated gender stereotypes on dressing. Thanks Katie for the privilege to say my thought,

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          strong_lion's comment 31 Mar 2022

          Thanks for joining the conversation, strong_lion!

  • British Council.jpg amusing_volcano | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    30 Mar 2022

    My reaction to Minnie's new is that it is "PERSUASIVE". Firstly persuasion means the action or process of persuading someone or of being persuaded to do or believe something. What I mean by by the word persuasive is that it's compelling us into not having the idea that rousers are meant for only women.
    I think this might influence conversation on gender bias, because trousers has been seen to be men's clothing, through this design by Stella McCartney it is trying to say that women can also wear trousers

  • British Council.jpg content_river | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    I liked the new look of Mickey Mouse. This thing is encouraging for women. It is nice for women to see themselves in this way. I think it is nice to publish these pictures of Mickey Mouse in this way through social networking sites. most women But did Mickey Mouse do this himself?

  • British Council.jpg compassionate_bassoon | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    31 Mar 2022

    My reaction (breaking bias) because the previous dress of Minnie Mouse seemed to be more girls than boys because the previous dress was red and this is a color for girls but the current dress of Minnie Mouse is blue and this color is for boys, so I broke the bias, but I am curious about the reason for the change of clothing from the color Red to blue, although the designer is a woman, and it is better for her to make her designs for girls and not for boys.

    1. Screenshot_20200324_165750.jpg Molly @ Topical Talk
      compassionate_bassoon's comment 31 Mar 2022

      Thank you for this comment compassionate_bassoon, you've made some good observations about colours and gender bias. Can you read some of your peers' comments to help you with your question of why the designer might have wanted to make this change.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    31 Mar 2022

    I think that the word would be EMPOWERMENT!

    I say this because:
    1. Stella McCartney presented Minni Mouse As a symbol of empowerment through this design which is promoting women's sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.

    2. It is also empowering women because for a long time women's inventions have not been noticed and now Stella McCartney's inventions have contributed to the attention female inventions are getting. It will also imprint on the minds of children who love Minnie, the name of the woman who created a new outfit for a cartoon character who has influenced them.

    I think this might influence conversations about gender bias because of:

    1. Stella McCartney herself was chosen by Disney to design the new fit for Minni which sends a strong message that women designers in such big and important events can create and innovate as well as men designers.
    ( since the majority of designers in female fashion are men, ).

    2. The radical changes that have been happened to Minni clothes by McCartney show that women's clothing can be equal to men's clothing. Pantsuits are more functional, comfortable and suitable for women, especially in their workplace therefore this can promote the women's sense of self-confidence.

    3. By this design McCartney breaks the public mindset that the women's worth is linked to her appearance, it is actually like men linked to her creativity, her accomplishments, her good thinking, her smartness, her ability to determine her own choices and taking decisions at serious times.

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    31 Mar 2022

    Well, I think that Minnie's new look is a pacesetter. why do I say so?
    I say so because I grew up watching Disney cartoons and watching Minnie, and eventually, I ended up seeing her as a role model I did my best to mirror her kindness, the love she showed to people around her, and her other good character traits, now seeing Minnie change her look was inspiring to me just like we learned in star power about celebrities using their looks to carry messages to their audience it showed me first of all that the world is dynamic and nothing remains the same forever, then it showed me that I too can make a change too we live in a world were we are told to dress the way we want to be addressed that girls must conform to gender norms of skirts but Minnie changed that, that is why I called her dress a pacesetter she showed us that as long as a girl dressed modestly she can wear what she chooses an still be celebrated.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      tranquil_rock's comment 31 Mar 2022

      I think your point about girls wearing what they choose as long as they dress "modestly" is interesting. What do you mean by modestly?

      1. British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Apr 2022

        What mean by modestly is not dressing in away that reveals too much, research shows that 54% of victims of sexual abuse are victimized because of the way they dress. which way why I mentioned modestly.

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          tranquil_rock's comment 01 Apr 2022

          We shouldn't use the way people dress as explanations for crime. Shouldn't people be able to dress however they like - and the crime be the responsibility of the person who commits it?

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    31 Mar 2022

    I really want to tell women that they are a way to live and deserve respect, appreciation and all thanks Unfortunately, men do not understand Don't worry about what you don't like coming from men or women Be confident in yourself and your abilities and never underestimate yourself
    Finally, I would like to thank all the mothers and women in general
    🌞💕

  • British Council.jpg extraordinary_squirrel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    31 Mar 2022

    The first word that came to my was "stunning" the looks so stunningly beautiful.
    I love Stella McCartney innovative mind she was able to come up with such a design that will pass a message to a lot of people especially children, she is able to come up with such a great idea that teaches girls to know that they can wear what the like pants and girls are not only restricted to boys/men, her extraordinary design teaches children to be able to know that there is equality between boys and girls. Stella McCartney is so smart and courageous for going against the norm because the original Minnie design has existed since 1928. She is sending a message to the rest of the women out there who have splendid ideas and yet are to afraid to speak up and challenge the normal but obsolete ways of doing things.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Apr 2022

    1 Interesting, 2 Changing Minnie Mouse’s appearance affects the issue of prejudice in many ways, including that a woman can always change for the better, and also that Minnie’s new appearance explains that there are things that are forbidden to women and desirable for men, such as clothes, Stella McCartney By changing Minnie Mouse, I have changed things that encourage women. On the other hand, children who follow Minnie Mouse will get a good and appropriate idea that there are things that suit men and women, not only men. I want to ask: 1 Would it be appropriate to change Mickey Mouse And will changing it affect bias as it did changing Minnie?? What do you think of what Stella McCartney did?? , is there another side to equality by changing Minnie??? ,

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    02 Apr 2022

    I thank the ambitious and successful woman, and I wish everyone success

  • British Council.jpg resourceful_strategy | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    My word is RELIEVING
    It is wonderful to know people are ready to make change and not just with mere words but with actions. Some of these always influence conversations when an argument comes up some will always prefer the past.

  • British Council.jpg fearless_sparrow | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    Minnie's new look is FANTASTIC
    I find her new looks beautiful and amazing. I hope her new look will be on the TV soon because she looks superbly beautiful in her new outfit, which is a sign of progress and empowerment for women in our generation and generations to come.

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_opinion | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    Attractive!
    I chose this word because I believe everyone deserves to rock the colours and outfit they want regardless of their gender, because in some circles in my country ladies are frowned at when they put on pants.

  • British Council.jpg amazing_conversation | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    Wonderful!
    This is wonderful because it will influence how people think that some colours are for men not women.

  • British Council.jpg bold_editor | Bomas Academy | Nigeria
    04 Apr 2022

    Admiration!
    I was surprised when I saw the trend on the internet. Quite frankly Minnie's old wardrobe was becoming an eyesore. I pray it becomes part her wardrobe for the world to see.

  • British Council.jpg shy_land | Ashrafiyieh Prep Girls 1 | Jordan
    07 Apr 2022

    I loved the idea that Minnie's style would change, but at the same time, why didn't Mickey's style change to pink? Isn't this a male bias?

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      shy_land's comment 07 Apr 2022

      That's a good point, shy_land! What outfit would you design for Mickey?

      1. British Council.jpg shy_land | Ashrafiyieh Prep Girls 1 | Jordan
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 07 Apr 2022

        I will design a pink t-shirt and pants and a few Mickey's faces and smiles all over the t-shirt and a pink hat it will be beautiful & different

        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          shy_land's comment 08 Apr 2022

          A wonderful idea! Can you say why you'd do this?

          1. British Council.jpg shy_land | Ashrafiyieh Prep Girls 1 | Jordan
            Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 08 Apr 2022

            I learnt about breaking the bias and cetain colours shouldn't be associated to a certain gender

  • British Council.jpg optimistic_speech | Sanour Basic Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Apr 2022

    In fact, this topic has many sides and opinions
    Freedom of Choice in Her Decisions, Like What, Like This, $42.
    Well, the topic of Minnie Mouse clothing, supported it, and some said that these are masculine clothing that eliminates femininity.
    We cannot say that this is true. We can not determine.

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