Princess Culture Analysis

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Since the new millennium has started, a new trend has taken over people's’ lives, specifically little girls’ lives, and this new trend is princesses. Both the articles, “The Princess Paradox”, by James Poniewozik and , “Cinderella and Princess culture” by Peggy Orenstein elaborate on the issue of princesses in today’s society. In Princess culture, Orenstein talks about how much cinderella and princess them goods: movies, toys, and dresses, hinder the growth of young girls and almost sees no good in them. Poniewozik in Princess Paradox, takes a different approach than Orenstein and talks about how princesses aren’t exactly a bad thing for young girls.Although, both articles address the issue of princesses, Orenstein completely dismissing the…show more content…
“Princess Paradox” first talks about how Hollywood has had great success with princess films. It first starts with how girls have recently changed from a “kick-ass culture”, to almost all little girls wanting to be a beautiful princess and have a handsome prince. Poniewozik explores how princess and Cinderella movies have evolved from the princess being saved to the princess saving Prince Charming, being able to fend for herself, and being independent. Poniewozik then gives examples of new types of princess movies listing movies such as Ella Enchanted, and The Prince and Me in order to convey his message of the new type of princesses. He even reasons that the new evolution of princess movies by saying that feminist authors have reinvented fairy tales to support his claim. “Princess Culture” takes a different approach than “Princess Paradox” where Orenstein takes a jab at princesses in…show more content…
In “Princess Paradox”, Poniewozik distinguishes that there is a different kind of “Cinderella” in today’s world compared to pre 21st century Cinderella. Poniewozik points out that the new characteristics of today’s Cinderella are being: self-determined, independent, not wanting a Prince Charming, and at the same time to be the one that saves Prince Charming. These characteristics are much more different compared to pre 21st century where Cinderella finds true love with a Prince Charming, and is completely dependent on him. The reason why Poniewozik thinks that this new trend of Cinderella isn’t bad for young girls is because those little girls who fantasize about being a princess one day see these new traits and try to imitate them. They see that these new princesses aren’t dependent on anyone, and have also learned lessons of feminism. These new princesses are the new model to imitate for young girls to learn life lessons that can be helpful later on in life. When these girls grow up into adults, they will carry these new traits with them and will be able to be independent and live on their own. They’ll be determined to be successful in places like the workforce because they saw those princesses be

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