Comparative Critique The topic of gender equality, culture and environmental effects on girls and young women has brought up the discussion of princess culture - dressing up, waiting for prince charming, the importance of beauty. Both “The Princess Paradox” and “Cinderella and Princess Culture” examine how companies such as Disney are responsible for girls falling into princess culture and influencing them. However, there are distinct parallels between Orenstein and Poniewozik on how they perceive the effects of cinematic influence. Orenstein insinuates that Disney’s princess culture bears a negative impact on the mental health of young girls whereas, Poniewozik disputes that princess culture is a gateway to female empowerment. 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.
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.
The Barbie dolls are causing the little girl to feel insecure so that she needs to make her Barbie’s appear as if they were new. This insecurity may develop over time to a low self-esteem. Society makes it seem that women have to be beautiful, skinny housewives that are dependent on men. Barbie is contributing to these ideals. “Because we don’t have money for a stupid-looking boy doll when we’d both rather ask for a new Barbie outfit next Christmas.” The little girl feels pressured by not having a Ken doll, but at the same time all of the little girls would rather ask for a new outfit with accessories than a new Ken
We should focus on family as a social structure and teach parents that these outside influences, like the media, celebrities and overly sexual dolls, are affecting young girls and causing them to think that being sexual at such a young age is appropriate. Everyone wants to fit into society and setting impossible standards like Barbie and Bratz Dolls are causing young women to grow up way too fast and have to be adults much earlier than they should. We shouldn’t look at a barely clothed women and think that having that image is appropriate to mold and shape the young
Bettelheim hints that the stepsisters in the story are actually not terrible humans but are normal children. According to Bettelheim, the stepsisters are portrayed evil because the story is told from the inner thoughts of Cinderella, who is in direct competition with the stepsisters for her father’s love and the attention of the stepmother (par. 12). He states that sibling rivalry is “‘natural,’” and the only way to improve their status in the eyes of their parents is to prove dominance over the other siblings. Sibling rivalry is told as being complex and that it is difficult to determine the cause because the emotions by all persons are running high.
She reminds the reader that in the movie Brave, Merida did not want to conform to the typical princess stereotype, but instead wanted to be fearless and adventurous. When Merida becomes reimagined by Disney Princess line, she now wears a body-hugging dress, has tame hair, and a full face of makeup-everything that Merida was against. The author states that, “Instead of celebrating the fiery spirit…Disney chose to do the opposite” (Bartyzel 469). Disney doesn’t embrace Merida’s free spirit but smothers it and displays her as another submissive princess. The author also gives other examples of Disney princesses that have been transformed to fit the typical princess
In Ella Enchanted, the main character, Ella, has been given a curse by her godmother, Lucinda. The curse makes it so Cinderella has to do everything she is told. Cinderella’s stepsisters use the curse against her and make her do things that she would not do because of her good nature. In Ella Enchanted, the glass slippers are used in a different scene than most Cinderella myths. The slippers are stolen by Ella because her sisters
However, in the poem “Barbie Doll” it was more likely to occur within a girl gender. Women “theoretically” should be attractive and stay that way, according to the stereotype showed in the poem “Barbie Doll”. This poem explains to the reader the dangers that exist in the society of forcing people, especially women into restrictive roles and ideals. The poet Marge Piercy uses simile, imagery, and symbol to develop the theme of how society remains disapproving people who do not represent the ideal image. The use of simile in the poem distinctly explains the feedback of the "girl-child" to the constant assault of opposing orders and intentions.
And I hope she’ll be a fool-that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool” (Fitzgerald 17). Daisy proclaims this line while speaking privately to her cousin Nick about the birth of her daughter. Her emotional words help reveal the harsh divide between males and females in the early 1920’s. Daisy had been subject to the male-dominated society since her birth, and is dismayed that her daughter will have to endure those same struggles. She is certain that her daughter’s intelligence will go unappreciated as hers did, and that her daughter’s frivolous nature and beauty will instead be embraced.
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.