Mulan, is the story of a girl living in China with her parents and grandmother. In this movie, Mulan experiences gender prejudice against her. As a girl, she is expected to be graceful, obedient and silent. Mulan doesn’t fit in with the expectations of a young Chinese girl of the time. She is clumsy, outspoken, and independent. This attribution and generalizing of certain behavior to the entire gender reflects the ultimate attribution error. Also Mulan suffered from self-fulfilling prophecy. The prevalence of this prejudice and the stereotype threat made Mulan abide by the rules and didn’t act as herself, fearing from failing to bring honor to her family.
Chi Fu is the Chinese Emperor’s counselor. He arrives in Mulan’s village to announce that the Huns have invaded China. In order to restore peace, one man from every family must fight to serve their country. Mulan’s father has poor health at the time and is not fit enough to go to war. Mulan is concerned for her father’s safety, so she disguises as a man to take his place.
There is gender prejudice in this movie towards men and women. Only men were allowed to fight. Men were stereotyped to be fit and strong to serve their country, generalizing the characteristics. Women were not allowed to fight. Women were not considered to have the right qualities to go to war.
Mulan, the movie, offers a kind of hostile sexism that justifies the discrimination against women and their relegation to traditional roles. Mulan, the character, faced social dissonance when she had to conform to group’s norms and abide by the role that is totally different from her character.
After Mulan actually saved China and the emperor from the Huns, the hostile sexism that she was suffering from decreased. In fact the emperor and the Chinese people in situ all bowed for her, which signifies the switch. However, it is almost impossible to say that the institutional discrimination and the institutionalized sexism operating through the society’s structures suddenly disappeared, but people may have developed a kind of implicit prejudice or implicit sexism. This might have happened because of normative conformity. At first they developed and didn’t challenge this prejudice to fit in and not challenge. But as the norms change, prejudices do. So, when the emperor bowed, they should all do to fit in. This kind of contact or when People witnessed Mulan’s action and behavior, this was the reason why their prejudice decreased to certain extent as the contact hypothesis states, and it was clear in the second episode of Mulan.