Subverting the princesses’ norm clearly shows that Disney is listening to the remarks from parents. Despite this push forward, in Frozen, Anna and Elsa’s wrists are still smaller than their eyes which is unconsciously promoting the definition of beauty among young girls. Disney also has caused a major disappointment among parents through the changes made on princess Merida look in a toy form. In the online website, Disney has sold Princess Merida products with an alteration in her body image with curvy waist and big eyes. Sperling (2013) states that the changes are aligned with the idealization of beauty in most of previous princesses.
But for the last few years, the concept of child beauty pageants has flourished, especially in the United States. It may look like a fun “dress up” game for little girls. But it is something much, much more serious. You never know what happens behind the curtains. How are moms actually destroying their girls by forcing them to participate in such contests?
Family expectations: these are pressures exerted on children by parents in order for them to live the way parents want them to. As we all know, pressure makes diamonds, however, it is also the leading cause of teenage stress. Leading cause of my stress. Expectations are the constant hunger and thirst for children to be the best they can, usually imposed by the society and later plagiarized by parents. They may seem harmless at first but in the scenario of mine and many other families, expectations are a way of torturing young souls and minds.
(Horton). However this is wrong because young girls who participate in activities that focus on physical appearances at an early age can lead to an early loss of self esteem for young girls. Children who are raised only focusing on physical appearances have a negative outlook on life and other people. Beauty Pageants teach women that they are not good enough unless they change the way they look. When a child changes the way they look, they go overboard and wear inappropriate clothes and get spray tans and other adult like behaviors.
Since children are so malleable and absorb most of their information from their environment they believe that the gender roles are set in stone, any deviations from the “norm” leads to children being shamed or looked at skeptically. Thus, Society tells young girls that being pretty, wearing pink, and glitter are what girls like may have led to the explosion of the girlie-girl culture. Furthermore, to young children being confused for the opposite sex may seem like the end of the world so these young girls continually participate in the girlie-girl culture, not knowing that their participation can shape their subconscious associations between some of the features of the culture and their femininity. Conclusively, Cinderella Ate My Daughter contributes insights on gender roles and the negative effects that the subconscious associations between certain behaviors and their gender can have on a child. However, I believe that this book offers the idea that external influences like the girlie-girl culture are powerful and currently overwhelming, but a child’s gender role is socially determined and a child’s gender does not, and should not, automatically
The images that the mass media flood young women with indicates that the television has become a source for negative understanding of gender roles among young women. As it has been shown, the media should attempt to provide more positive examples for adolescent girls, depict women on television in more realistic ways, should stop reinforcing negative stereotypes of women, and stop portraying women as sex objects in advertising. Instead, the media should show more women who dress appropriately, are respected and demand respect and have goals and are confident with how they are and don't see a need to change their appearance to fit society’s description of what a woman should look like or
Today you can see advertising pretty much everywhere billboards, television, movies, magazines and most of them are targeting young girls because they know how influenced they’re and they take the advantage of it. False advertising or deceptive advertising is the use of false or misleading statements in an advertisement. False advertising is illegal in most countries. However, advertisers still find ways to deceive consumers in ways that are legal, or technically illegal. In a magazine, you would see an edited version of that woman airbrushed, heavy photoshopping in order to sell the product by misleading the young girls making them believe that they need it in order to feel or to be beautiful and advertisers believe that thin models sell products.
Turn on the television, and be amazed and frightened at the shows being viewed by many eyes of different ages. Today, popular shows such as “Toddlers & Tiaras” are a specific cause for the uprising of beauty pageants creating “child beauty queens [that] have become media starlets” (Nussbaum np). More young girls that tune into the shows can be inspired or motivated to do as the young girls do on the show. Another show such has “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has marketed beauty pageants. Young girls might think, “if she can be famous” so can they.
Young children, with pure and innocent minds, are being exposed to gender objectification at an age that would strongly influence their future upbringings through social media, campaigns, TV advertisements and so on. They are also exposed to gender inequality, as young boys are taught a specific way to judge girls or to criticize them when they don’t have “beach bodies”, standards that are unrealistic for young teenagers or grown-up women set by the ludicrous promotion or glorification of women’s bodies. Through this, boys are given the freedom that they have with their bodies, a privilege that is far from females’ reach. Females’ bodies are put at a pedestal where critics are judging them based on their appearance, putting feminist movements and advocacy to a
This was proven by the research which involved 245 girls ages 7 to 9 years old. Many attractive and thin women appear in the soap operas and music clips which results in an even wider exposure of the thin body image to girls who watches these videos. The beauty message provided by the soap operas creates an illusion that one needs to be attractive to be successful and happy. Girls who respond to this might feel pressured into being good-looking to achieve happiness. Therefore, these factors imply how more exposure of these will result in stronger internalisation of the thin ideal as supported by Borzekowski, Robinson and Killen (2000).