Pixar's Purl

Purl” — Pixar SparkShorts, 2019, 8:43https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6uuIHpFkuo

A short animated film about sexist work cultures. Purl is a pink ball of yarn who lands a job in a male-dominated company. She initially attempts to fit in by being more masculine than the bros, but finds more satisfaction in helping change the gendered work culture of the company. What other sociological lessons are evident in this video? How can workplaces be less alienating to women? Who is responsible for changing sexist environments? If I have any problems with this video, it’s in regards to that last question. Since we do not get to see the managers and bosses who hire employees, we are left with the impression that change will happen once women “happen to appear” in masculine spaces. In reality, the office bros have the most responsibility to change their ways since they are in the position of power.

From the video’s description: Purl, directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high energy, bro-tastic start-up. Yarny hijinks ensue as she tries to fit in, but how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for, and in the end, is it worth it?