By this I mean, I was obsessed with becoming a size 0, wearing dresses all the time and even trying to talk like the princesses. One of my favorite princesses from Disney was The Little Mermaid. Analyzing this movie has made me realize that women have been portrayed in such a diminishing way at such a young age.
The first era of Disney princesses specifically are more accommodating and tend to conform to the traditional portrayal of women roles. They all include the house lady persona and display female practices through their physical appearance (Coyne & Whitehead, 2009). Snow White is viewed as subordinate to the ruler, despite the fact that he is a minor character (Do Rozario, 2004). The film elaborate how she get saved by the Dwarf by going up against local obligations, for example, cleaning and cooking for them (Britain, Descartes, Collier-Docile, 2011). In Cinderella, her housework obligations are a demonstration of accommodation and an attempt to entice her family members.
Fairy tales act as almost a role model for them. Children want to lead the same lives they see in their favorite fairy tales. They start to believe they have to act according to the gender standards they see in these movies. Girls grow up feeling as if they are inferior to men and that they need to follow the typical gender conventions for a girl. This
(Beauty and the Belles Discourses of Feminism and Femininity in Disneyland, Allison, 2002) critically analyzed Belle in a more general and brief historiography of the fairy tale. It uses a rather general feminist approach to do so. This paper critically analyzed Belle alongside with Snow White in terms of beauty, costume, psyche and the motherless similarities between the two Disney female characters. The representations of these women can be seen to replicate certain of the myths of femininity perpetuated in Disney fiction, including feistiness, tragedy, associations with mutant masculinity, and an unusual relation to maternity (Allison, 2002 page 135). However, the masculinity stated by the author was not further
Since the 1930’s, Disney has been producing adaptations of fairy tales. Disney is known for their use of stereotypical images which is prominent still in today’s society. The first Disney film emerged with the adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and soon after that came Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Since the beginning, when the fairy tale princesses were “born”, it became evident that young girls and women were trying to imitate their behaviors. Young girls and women identify themselves as these character which affects not only how they view themselves but also their future roles in society based on the girls’ unrealistic beliefs.
Disney tells stories about pretty girls and princes who meet each other once and fall in love. This indirectly implants in children’s mind that appearance and materialism does matter, which might lead to vanity. For instance, the Hunchback of Notre Dame shows us that no matter how caring and kind Quasimodo is, Esmeralda and Phoebus are one couple because they are adequately good-looking. Another research has shown that in Disney classic movies, female characters are praised for their appearances (55%) and only 11% are for their abilities; however, Disney has changed their practice as in the millennial Disney movies, women are commented on their skills and abilities more (40%). (Guo 2016) In my opinion, despite the changes, children could barely realise as my niece still wants to be Elsa or Rapunzel because they are pretty.
The female body portrayed in Disney movies, highly depends on the socio- cultural believes of how women’s form should look like in the certain period of time (Herbozo et al., 2014). Disney Princesses are representations of Western ideas of a beautiful woman, such as: slim, attractive, and young. The body image of each princess is idealized, where the lead female character has small waits, full bust, and delicate face features (England et al., 2011). For example, because of Cinderella’s small and delicate feet, her identity could have been revealed, and thus this helped her to find the price (Do Rozario, 2004). In the first era, the female beauty was summarized through hair, lips, and being able to sing and dance.
When we have a closer look at Disney movies such as "Cinderella", "Snow White" and "Aladdin", Disney 's princess portray is feeble and desperately in need of intelligent, strong savior. When young girls watch these movies, they are modelling Disney princesses on their
After being tormented and ridiculed, Cinderella was introduced to her Fairy Godmother. Her Godmother magically turned her beautiful to attend the Ball and meet the King. By the end of the story, the King finds Cinderella and she leaves her tragic life to be a wealthy and married princess. From this story, and many other similar Disney Princess stories, Ashley Bispo was able to write her article, “Fairytale Dreams: Disney Princesses’ Effect on Young Girls’ Self-Image”. This writing piece discusses the ideas of how stories like Cinderella have negative effects on girls and how they see themselves and/or others.
Disney have showed negative portrayals of Disney princesses in their films especially when it comes to their usual unattainable beauty ideal and portraying their princesses as inferior to men. There are also negative life lessons found in Disney films. Some examples are on how it’s a must for each girl to become a princess; ugly people are evil and immoral and that being beautiful is moral and; almost all Disney films would have a happily ever after which is not true in real life. With all these flaws found in Disney films, Disney princesses should be portrayed in a way that will have a positive impact on young girls. Disney has created many Disney princesses that have had an impact on young girls.