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 “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.
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
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. These emotions lead to children thinking that their parents think of them less or that they are less than their siblings, which leads to misunderstood feelings and misrepresentation of the actual event.
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
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
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.
Leslie Marmon Silko describes the importance of stories and storytelling in the Pueblo culture in “Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective.” Silko explains that the “Pueblo expression resembles something like a spider’s web-with many little threads radiating from the center, crisscrossing one another,” rather than “being taken from point A to point B to point C” (pg 48 pp 1). Silko writes that “the origin story constructs our identity-with this story, we know who we are. We are the Lagunas. This is where we come from.
In 2011, Peggy Orenstein published Cinderella Ate My Daughter to examine how princess culture impacted girlhood. “What Makes Girls Girls?” is a chapter in this book that delves into the implications of sexual difference and whether or not it is rooted in biology. By studying various research projects conducted by professionals, Orenstein discovers that, ultimately, a child’s environment plays a key role in behavior. To pose the question of whether the concept of gender is inherent, Orenstein references several examples that have sparked a considerable amount of discussion about how a child’s gender expression is molded by upbringing.
Gender Ideology in Grimm and Disney Why are young girls in society expected to look up to perfect princesses as role models? When did singing with animals and loving to cook and clean become admirable traits? Since 1937, movies have been made about the Grimm fairy tale princesses that highlight these ideals. Not only are these things inaccurate in real life; they are also altered from their original stories.
This passage is from the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter, by Peggy Orenstein. The overall purpose of this book is to inform the readers of the stereotypes girls must face as adolescents. The author is able to express her opinion as a parent and give advice to other parents with daughters of how to overcome the stereotypes so girls do not succumb to the girly culture that bombards the media. The book touches on Orenstein’s role as a mother to her daughter Daisy and the challenges she faces due to all the stereotypes for young girls. This passage focuses on girls conforming to the stereotype regarding pink is the color for females.
In "Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect", Stephanie Hanes makes the argument that Disney princesses and modern day media influence young girls in negative ways. Hanes suggests that sexualization is everywhere including cartoons. She points out that any detail such as Ms. Piggy showing cleavage, leads girls to assume that doing so is okay and natural. Furthermore, Hanes asserts that allowing girls to see themselves as sex objects is a contributor to depression, eating disorders, and many other health problems for young girls.