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.
At some point in life, being a Disney princess was every females’ dream. Their kindness, courage, and beauty is thought to provide a safe culture for children (Mcbride, 2016) Not to mention, their flawless appearance and their happily ever after makes the princess culture. For these reasons, parents perceive the Disney as quality family entertainment (Buckingham, 1997). But in actuality, princesses may not be the most positive role models for young viewers. The issue associated with Disney Princesses movies is that their usual gender stereotyped as the submissive female who falls in love with a man to live happily ever after.
On top Cinderella is a beautiful princess, but underneath all of her material possessions lie her actual proletariat self. Perrault masks Cinderella to show that even regular aristocrats are tricked into thinking a regular house worker (Cinderella) can be linked to the aristocracy, based of off her materialistic appearance. The Prince was also “busied in gazing on her the whole night”, so one would come to the consensus that the Prince should have Cinderella 's face engraved into the back of his mind. Though this is not the case, even though Cinderella one the second day comes “dressed more magnificently than before”, the Prince loses his aristocratic Princess, as she is shifted back
In both stories, the main character was given a derogatory name by her step-family. In an attempt, to not only break her spirits but to make her feel horrible about herself. It wasn’t until both characters caught the attention of the prince when her step-family realized their wrongs. In Cinderella, when the prince places the slipper on Cinderella’s foot, the sisters realize that this was magnificent woman at the ball. The step-sisters see their wrongs, only when they find out who Cinderella really is, they ask her for forgiveness.
In a modern approach to Cinderella, Jessica Day George’s Princess of Glass gives fairy tale readers a whole different Cinderella perspective. Poppy, the main protagonist, is a young princess who is shown to be smart, independent, and not your usual royalty. She takes part in a royal exchange program to help unite her kingdom. Over there, she meets Prince Christian, the ‘Prince Charming’ of the story. He is first introduced to the readers as a young man whose parents want him to marry therefore throwing him big parties to meet the girl of his dreams.
Think about the movie “Tangled” which presents a Princess Rapunzel, who doesn 't dare leave her tower until a handsome man arrives to protect her and guide her to the lights she has been always dreaming about. This storyline only makes young girls believe they need a man to protect them and help them at a time of need. Disney characters, both female and
In a “Doll House” Nora’s husband was not her prince and knight in shining amour, but for Mathilda she had her knight and shinning amour all along. When young girls imagine about a doll house they imagine the perfect doll, Barbie and Ken, with the prettiness outfits and accessories to match as well as the perfect family. Nora is a pretty woman, but expressionless and quite unintelligent. Nora has a husband who treats her like a helpless child and is more worried about his place in society. As compared to the fairy tale Cinderella her husband could be the evil step mother who belittles Cinderella.
Disney tells stories about pretty girls and princes who meet each other once and fall in love. This indirectly implants in children’s mind that appearance and materialism does matter, which might lead to vanity. For instance, the Hunchback of Notre Dame shows us that no matter how caring and kind Quasimodo is, Esmeralda and Phoebus are one couple because they are adequately good-looking. Another research has shown that in Disney classic movies, female characters are praised for their appearances (55%) and only 11% are for their abilities; however, Disney has changed their practice as in the millennial Disney movies, women are commented on their skills and abilities more (40%). (Guo 2016) In my opinion, despite the changes, children could barely realise as my niece still wants to be Elsa or Rapunzel because they are pretty.
For example, Disney draws a female figure that is dependent, which unknowingly cause gender stereotype in society. In other words, females are expected to mannered, weak, and homemakers such as a Disney princess, at the same time the typical men are figured to be powerful, rude, governing and willing to rescue the princess in need anytime. What is more, these are not the only stereotypes which has been embedded into the young generation. Disney holding on a stable "women banking on men to achieve happy ending" theme. When we have a closer look at Disney movies such as "Cinderella", "Snow White" and "Aladdin", Disney 's princess portray is feeble and desperately in need of intelligent, strong savior.
Disney have showed negative portrayals of Disney princesses in their films especially when it comes to their usual unattainable beauty ideal and portraying their princesses as inferior to men. There are also negative life lessons found in Disney films. Some examples are on how it’s a must for each girl to become a princess; ugly people are evil and immoral and that being beautiful is moral and; almost all Disney films would have a happily ever after which is not true in real life. With all these flaws found in Disney films, Disney princesses should be portrayed in a way that will have a positive impact on young girls. Disney has created many Disney princesses that have had an impact on young girls.
This first text identifies gender roles in Disney films in relation to the frontier theory. This text shows the boundaries that surround Disney films when it comes to gender. This is something we don’t think about when we are watching Disney films because these films are geared towards young children and you would never think of the negative messages within these films. The central thesis of this text is how Disney films identify the gendered “world view” that these films provide for younger viewers. I believe this impacts my perspective of the frontier because it shows how we are easily influenced by these films even from a young child.
The fairy tale is known for one of the most well-read genres, including ‘classic’ tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. However, this popular genre has influenced the roles of men and women. In today’s mass media culture, thinking about the importance of fairy tales may seem irrelevant. While some could argue that fairytales are just fantasy, others take it more seriously and can recognize the influence these fairy tales have in reinforcing gender stereotypes. The princess, the damsel in distress, the evil witch, the hero, the prince, the savior, the brave one; we all connect them to the gender stereotypes used to represent men and women in fairy tales.