How does Disney Princess influence young girls? Disney princesses were Created by Andy Mooney, a worker of the Disney Consumer Products, in the late 1990s, it features a line-up of fictional female heroines. Since 1937, Walt Disney Studios has been creating fairytale movies that total fifty feature films. Many of these films, the most classic, are based in ancient stories featuring villains, princes and princesses. As society has changed in the seventy-three years Disney has been making movies, so have the animated films themselves. While many young girls love the princesses and look up to them, others view these characters as negative role models. Disney Princesses have always appeared in movies as young women who dress in elegant gowns, have sexy bodies and perfect hair. They are always paired with a prince who lives in a castle, meaning that he has a lot of money. This description of what the Disney Princess is like; give us a big concern in the influence this image is giving to the little girls. Unfortunately, what girls learn as children carries on into adulthood. They have problems in understanding what it really means to be beautiful since the stereotype of the Disney Princess, they also learn in finding a ‘Prince’ that has a lot of money, which truly means they are not finding true love or getting in love of someone for who they really are just only because of what they have to offer. Women must learn that Princesses are only for entertainment not an example of
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She goes on to give a statement by Disney marketing executive, Andy Mooney, "I was surrounded by little girls dressed head to toe as princesses.” Then he says, “The light bulb went off. Clearly there was latent demand here (Orenstein 672)”. This could be stressing how the Princess craze began. A marketing executive saw an underlying urge in young girls that he believed could bring money to his company.
He begins to say, “You give your daughter legos and soccer balls, not barbies” (323). Poniewozik proceeds to argue his point by explaining how Hollywood finally discovered that it is pointless to fight the urge of the astonishing pink princess epidemic, while producing many more princess themed items because it is what girls seem to want. Similarly, Peggy Orenstein opens with a story about a mother who is simply appalled by anything and everything princess based on how her daughter gets treated by other adults. However, Orenstein tried to keep a consistent theme of not accepting the whole idea of being picture perfect throughout the article, but while making an argument, she would then come up with a contrasting argument. The question of, “Does every little girl really have to be a princess?”(Orenstein 326), arises when thinking about all of the times how even strangers assume little girls always want pink.
In the article “The Trouble With Disney’s Teeny, Tiny Princesses” by Philip Cohen examines the reason why Disney princesses are so tiny compared to their male counterparts, and what impression it put on the general population who watch many disney movies. Disney has been known to show stereotypical women and men. The damsel in distress, and her knight in shining armor. Some people have called them out on this and they responded with some female empowerment movies. Like Frozen and Brave that do not focus on romance.
From its onset with its first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, Disney has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon today. But over the years, various parent groups, scholars and film critics have accused Disney for creating shallow, stereotypical princesses whose ultimate aim was to find her 'prince charming ' and live happily ever after. In her article, “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” in the New York Times, Peggy Orenstein expresses her concern over the effect of princess figures like Cinderella on young girls ' perceptions of themselves and how they should behave (“What’s Wrong With Cinderella?”).
Yet, Orenstein claims that they have focused largely on the princess culture and also that these princesses have advanced from being simple storybook characters to now representing a negative influence on a female’s expectations in life. She suggests this idea in her article with the notion that other women, especially mothers, would agree with her opinion. Although, what she fails to acknowledge is that Disney isn't trying to sell messages of the “nice and pretty” girl or the perpetual “happily ever after” ending to young children. Instead, they are only marketing their products to a specific, easily influenced audience. Orenstein places blame on Disney, shaming them for taking advantage of the pre-existing princesses for their own profit.
The topic of self confidence is a subject that is heavily discussed when it comes to girls of all ages. Journalist, Stephanie Hanes, examines the current trend of sexualization amongst young girls. In the article “Little Girls or Little Women: The Disney Princess Effect”, Hanes examines the current trend of sexualization amongst girls. She addresses the issue of desiring to become a women too soon. Hanes develops her article by using the literary techniques of pathos and logos to describe the emotions young girls feel when they see images of women with unattainable features.
Children are extremely impressionable, they take everything in like a sponge wanting to learn everything there is to know about life. With movies and television being as popular as they are today it would make sense that these things would have major influence over the children who watch them and Disney princesses are no exception. The first Disney princess movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, was released in 1937 (England, Descartes and Collier-Meek 555) and since then Disney princesses have become increasingly popular over the years in the eyes of children and even adults. Disney princess films are aimed at children, but known to movies that the entire family can sit down and enjoy together but the messages within may actually be harming
Walt Disney has been making girls think that in order to be beautiful you have to be the perfect shape and size. (Shortridge). Some people believe that the Disney Princesses are great role models for children because Mulan teaches us to never give up on the strengths we have just because we are girls, Belle teaches us to never judge a book by its cover, and Pocahontas shows us real princesses are strong leaders. On the other hand, some individuals feel that Disney Princesses are bad role models because of their unrealistic body appearance, telling girls every marriage ends with a happily ever after when you get married at a young age, and saying every girl needs a man in order to be happy. Both sides have valid points but in reality everyone
By incorporating the summaries of the three movies, Stephens is able to support her argument that Disney princesses reflect society and the way it depicts women. Stephens is able to show examples throughout each movie to provide evidence about the different princesses changing the standard of princesses and women. By providing the fact that four Disney heroines have not been Caucasian, she is able to conclude that that evidence sends a message of cultural progression when characterizing Disney princesses. All of Stephen’s results are backed by scholarly research, which builds her credibility. Stephen comparing the new generation of princesses to the older generations gives evidence that the new Disney princesses are representing and changing
She defines "the Disney Princess Effect" as something that little girls perceived through watching Disney princess movies. These movies make girls want to be sexy, not feminine. How is that happening? What's so sexy about a princess? I mean I get the whole damsel and distress part, but I thought we have overcome that concept with the stats the author wrote to prove her point.
The Disney Princess Effect, uses a large amount of interesting, and sometimes questionable, sources, constantly brings the reader through an emotional roller coaster ride, and continually changes up what topic she is talking about in order to, ideally, persuade the reader to believe and follow the ideas that she puts forth. The
The Little Mermaid which was produced in 1989, was the first Disney movie to challenge the traditional gender roles, for the fact that Ariel wanted to explore, and was more independent and assertive in her desires than the earlier princesses of the 1930’s and 50s films. Also the prince in The Little Mermaid went against traditional gender roles as well, simply because he was more affectionate and loving than his prince counterparts in other Disney films. “Both the male and female roles have changed over time, but overall the male characters evinced less change then the female characters and were more androgynous throughout.” (Descartes & England, pg.566). Disney movies have been for a long time a strong media target for children, and can serve as a way to address stereotypical gender roles (Leaper, 2000).
The Disney princess movies had a great deal of influence on many young girls watching princesses represent what royalty looked like. The princesses are always beautiful, polite and seeking the love of their Prince Charming. This plays a strong role in perpetuating the idea that being a princess means seeking only love from a man, and a man who contains all the stereotypical masculine qualities; handsome, powerful and rich. For example, in The Little Mermaid, Ariel had to give up who she was in order to win over the affection of her prince charming. She traded in her voice in order to have real legs and near Prince Eric.