Research Question: Since the beginning of time, parental figures have read fairy tales to their young children as the typical “bed time story”. As technology progressed, these fairy tales turned into animated movies vigorously watched by young children across the globe. It is evident that the viewers of these movies are at a very young and easily influenced age; the ideologies they begin to build at this age will be the basis for the rest of their lives. The following research proposal addresses the question of what influence watching Disney princess movies have on young girls’ ideologies.
Parenting and raising children is a hot topic and because of this, there are thousands of self-help child-rearing books available to consumers. Meredith Small’s book Kids reveals how biology and culture shape the way we raise our children. She captivates the reader by demonstrating how various cultures raise children and how they compare to Western civilization. The book is filled with compelling information regarding diverse parenting practices which allows the reader to consider assorted parenting techniques.
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.
Media has the capacity to capture an audience’s attention and influence someone’s thoughts and ideas. Due to their growing and innocent minds, media can be very influential to children, in some cases it can stick with them as they grow into adults. Recently, this idea has been more concerning because as the world and society changes, the messages these movies are portraying have not. Therefore, researchers are interested in knowing how children are being affected, or not affected, by these films, and what other things may be adding to it.
Literature Review This study will examine princess films and decide whether color of the princesses has an effect on the portrayal of gender role of each character. By using a content analysis, this research will identify the difference in each princess with respect to their color. To study the gender portrayal in the Disney princess films is important to analyze due to the reach of Disney movies among the children (Setoodeh & Yabroff, 2007, pp. 66–67) . These movies are molding the ideas of gender portrayal among the children.
"I want to do something splendid… something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.” Little Women by Louisa May is about the four March sisters-Beth, Jo, Meg, and Amy. They are growing up in Civil-war era New England and although they are lacking money, they do not lack love. As the 4 girls are waiting the arrival of their Mother on Christmas Day, they learn something about the spirit of giving along the way.
“The emerging woman… will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied… strength and beauty must go together.” Introduced to the novel of Little Women at the age of 11, I quickly fell under the trance of Louisa May Alcott’s astounding writing. Louisa May Alcott… Teacher, domestic servant, feminist, army nurse, and most famously, a novelist. Her self-reliance openly resisted the cultural worldview of women’s equality.
Disney has been known for their theme parks and in producing movies and shows. They became famous starting from their first cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, and their lists of cartoons started to expand from then on. Disney started to have their own princesses which are looked up to by many young audiences and they somehow became the role model of little girls. This paper will discuss how far Disney Princesses have come in terms of gender politics and female empowerment, from princesses who are ‘damsels in distress’ to princesses who are capable of defending their selves. Renzetti said that, “Media content mirrors the behaviors and relationships, and values and norms most prevalent or dominant in a society” (1992, p. 107).
Stephanie Hanes wrote the article “The Disney Princess Effect” which was published by Christian Science Monitor on October 3, 2011. Hanes argues that Disney Princess images have a negative effect on the way young girls look at unrealistic women. The author wrote this article in response to Disney being at its peak of economic benefits, but the company is overlooking its effect on young girls. This article is divided into five sections. In the introduction, the author opens with Mary Finucane’s daughter’s behavior changed after discovering the Disney princesses.
When we’re young, we don’t understand much of what is going on around us, if we see something we like, we want it, or we would want to look like it. For someone who has grown up obsessed over Disney Animation movies, it’s very easy to say I have been a victim of their unrealistic body changes. Ariel for example, I thought being a mermaid is the most outstanding thing in the world, however, she changes herself, she traded what was her identity, for a pair of feet, and for who? For a man. I grew up thinking for a man to like me, he doesn’t have to accept me for who I am, I have to change myself to fit into his definition of how my body should look or how I should act.