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.
In What’s Wrong With Cinderella? by Peggy Orenstein, she argues the stereotypical views on the female population and the unfavorable aspect of princess fairytales. As a feminist, Orenstein feels the need to defy against the negative outlook on girls and protect her own daughter from the hostility of these false feminine beliefs. She embraces the idea that the princess culture is showing that beauty and perfection is the importance in young girl’s lives. While Orenstein recognizes how princess culture affects the female population in a negative way, she fails to acknowledge a more positive outlook on women.
Children’s brains are sponges soaking in the messages of female stereotypes, unrealistic body images and the fact that girls should aim for marriage while also trading in their independence that are sent from these Disney princess movies. Disney movies are works of art, but they are delivering the wrong messages for young girls. Disney Princesses should be powerful and brace and teach girls to break stereotypes, to be themselves, and to take charge. They should learn how to conquer their problems without a man, and Disney is getting closer, and soon we will have girls achieving unbelievable things at very young ages because their role models told them they can do
Society makes it harder for those that embrace diversity and respect the differences God’s children have. Therefore, things like the Queen Bee theory can be an easy style to mimic when you are a woman that just wants to strengthen her career and lead, ones that wants to have the same chances men have. Women working with other women help spread light and eliminate darkness. It presents a chain reaction that is positive. It is not the best when women are working with other women that want to do negative things and it’s even worse when these women still don’t have the same chances.
The obsession to lose weight is sometimes due to women being continuously pressured by some influential factors. These factors include models, physical attractiveness or even being peer pressured by a member of their family. However the most powerful factor is models in magazines that happen to have what people call perfect bodies. Models are responsible for human beings craving the ‘perfect’ body. The media is responsible for young girls becoming self conscious after buying thin Barbie dolls, thinking being skinny, fake and blonde is the correct way to go.
In the article, “The Princess Paradox,” author James Poniewozik argues that even though girls may grow up in a household that nurtures extreme independence and feminism, some girls want to be a princess coupled with being a strong individual. Poniewozik is compelled to explain this new cultural aura concerning both feminism and the desire to be a princess. He explains that now, in opposition to the idea of a need for domesticity as well as the polar idea of feminism, girls believe that they can be a princess independent simultaneously. He also explains that the princess must fit the girl, not the other way around. The author overall adequately supports his claim, that a change in media and film has altered girls’ desire to simply be independent, with details; however, he distracts from the topic at times with unnecessary information that
Amanda Putnam’s essay, “Mean Ladies: Transgendered Villains in Disney Films”, is a compelling piece on gender portrayal and views in Disney films. Putnam opened the essay with a personal anecdote about her daughter. Her daughter wanted a Disney movie without a “mean lady”, as in most Disney films the villains are scary, evil women. The real life evidence strengthened her claim that children are noticing the characterization of female villains in Disney films. The antidote was brought fill circle when she referred back to her daughter in the final paragraphs of her essay.
Many Disney Princesses are portrayed as strong-headed women in male-dominated societies. In Disney’s Aladdin, Princess Jasmine appears to be no different, as she very openly rejects her role as a woman and as a princess. She despises the way that men treat her, and she desires to be more like a commoner so she can have more freedom. However, looking at the film through both a gender and a class lens, there are several examples where she relies on these very roles that she fights against because she doesn’t know how else to survive. Jasmine is the only female lead in the movie, and she very much dislikes the role of women in Agrabah.
By doing so, pageants provide unrealistic expectations for young women and make them feel sorry for themselves and wish for a “better appearance”. This is not the message we should be sending young women. We should be telling them that inner beauty is more important than how they appear on the outside. In order to get this message across, we will have to work toward abolishing absurd beauty standards and the strive for perfectionism which means eliminating child beauty pageants. By eliminating beauty pageants for children under the age if 18, we will be able to further push young women to strive for inner beauty rather than fixate on their appearances.
that is the whole plot of the story) that I want to write about: the marriage scene. I believe that marriage shouldn’t be the most important moment, even though, in the Disney stories, especially Cinderella, marriage is the ultimate target. Personally, I think that there are so many more things that are way wonderful than marriage. Don’t get me wrong. It is an important and magical step, that I would love to take in the future, but I believe that these stories should also teach those little girls (since they are so mesmerized by the princesses) that there are so many different things they can accomplish by themsleves, things that are just as amazing as the prince