Slowly, Disney is changing the typical aspects of beauty in their princesses to set a better example for young girls in the future. In 1998, Mulan, the first Asian princess, was introduced to teach young girls to go against the typical standards of female beauty. Disney's Mulan features the song "Honor to Us All" written by Matthew Wilder, an American musician. The song states "Men want girls with good taste, calm, obedient, who work fast paced, with good breeding, and a tiny waist" (Wilder). The song list the things girls are expected to abide by in order for a man to find them beautiful and to live a successful life.
They fall in love with the idea of royalty. The first thing the Disney Fairytale culture teaches young girls is not that they have to be strong, talented, creative, or smart, but that they must be the fairest of them all (Orenstein). The Disney princess culture teaches girls that their worth is more about beauty and appearance rather than intelligence (Sternberg). Young girls also get it engrained in their head that they should meet their one true love, marry them, and live happily ever after forever. The first released animated Disney princess film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
As a result of unrealistic standards, teens start to feel bad about themselves. Most photoshopped images depict people having flawless skin, no fat, straight, white teeth, and amazing hair. “Teen girls tend to feel ugly and bad about themselves when they look at photoshopped women because: 1. They feel that they don’t match up to their beauty and perfection. 2.
She had a mental picture of what she wanted to accomplish and because of the determination she had, she followed it through during the book, and did everything she could even when she had to conquer some weighty hurdles. This amazing and inspiring story is written by Shawn Johnson, an Olympic gold medalist and is titled, “The Flip Side.” Charlotte seems like the average teenage girl at school. She gets decent grades, wears glasses to shield her face, and doesn’t enjoy government class. However, secretly, “Charlie”, is an elite gymnast. She can do amazing things with her body, wears her hair off her face with lots of sparkly makeup, and absorbs the spotlight.
Kat’s lack of knowledge about who she is as a person altered her interests and affected the relationships around her. Lastly, Kat is lost as a person because she lives her life as what others perceive her to be. Though she tries to be unique and do things out of the norm, Kat desires the attention of others which fuels her unique and vogue persona. Her need for attention is evident when Gerald says, “Kat has a tendency to push things to extreme, to go over the edge, merely from a juvenile desire to shock.”(32) Gerald’s words reveal that Kat only lives to impress others, all while being unique and a trend
In the chapter “Cinderella and Princess Culture”, Orenstein, a mother and writer for The New York Times, expresses her concerns about companies marketing princess culture to girls. Orenstein starts by giving personal anecdotes, in order to describe her frustration with people calling or labeling her daughter as a princess. Orenstein does this to build ethos with her readers as she demonstrates that she is a mother herself and cares for the future generation of young girls. She then goes on to write about how much corporations are making in sales on princess merchandise. She provides the readers this information to demonstrate the expanding influence of Disney Princesses in which there is an inflation in the consumption of Disney Princess merchandise.
“Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, makes me feel some type of way in an uncertain sense. I feel like our society tries to make it seem as if a woman has to be perfect on the outside. Its so much pressure put on women, from weight loss commercials even to what guys post on insta-gram with a caption of “Hot” or heart eyes. Its almost as if society is saying of well if you don’t look like this then you don’t look good. That isn’t the case at all, the bigger problem is the fact that women are starting to be so insecure and so uptight within their selves they cant even see there true beauty at finest.
They stopped being aware of what it felt like to get hurt or to cry, so they put on mounds of makeup to hide any emotion at all. I love make up and I am not a mean person, so I hate that those two seem to always get stereotyped together. I know a lot of girls who don’t wear makeup because they feel it has such a strong negative connotation attached to it. Makeup is artistic; it’s a form of one’s freedom of expression. It is essentially beautiful, the kind of beauty that we are always striving for but never quite sure we’ll make it to.
In the article, “ Little Girls or Little women? The Disney Princess Effect,” author Stephanie Hanes educates the reader on the increasing sexualization of our younger generation of girls. Her organizational method of the article provides an easy and personal, yet factual explanation for her audience through her use of combining the appeals of ethos, pathos and logos. Hanes applies ethos by referencing different sources and statistics throughout her article, creating a sense of credibility to the reader. She makes it clear right off the bat that she is well informed on what she’s writing about by including an easy-to-read bullet point list of facts.
She has caused big controversy over her appearance and some people want to make her have a more realistic look. Barbie is a bad role model for young girls. Barbie has a perfect appearance, she is very stereotypical, and she causes girls to have poor mental health. To begin with, Barbie is a bad role model, because she has a perfect appearance. She has flawless skin and this causes many girls to have low self-esteem.