Snow White is a representation of fake beauty because she is just another young princess with red lips, black hair, white skin, skinny body, and a beautiful face. This is a great example that exhibits how a women should typically be, but that is not reality. Even the mirror describes her as the girl with “lips red as the rose, hair black as ebony, skin white as snow” (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937). Disney always uses the same type of characters. The same scenario repeats itself constantly: a young lady who is or becomes a princess waiting for her dream man to rescue her and marry her.
Leichty mentions in her article, “In Defense of Princess Culture”, the love her daughter has with the princess phenomenon and later expresses her opinion on that subject (Leichty 471). The concept of young ladies idolizing a Disney Princess has been met with great reservations from many, but Leichty states, “WHAT’S SO AWFUL ABOUT THAT?” (Leichty 472). Positive attributes for a Disney Princess and their favorite movie line provide families with nights of conversation with a superior family oriented topic on the screen. A Disney Princess will provide families a sense of morality, considering the immoral items that can be viewed on many movie screens and television screens. The pure magic a Disney Princess can provide is an uplifting, enjoyable and exciting moment for all through their popular movie line or even catching a glimpse of the very popular Disney theme park.
The pigeons are used as truth telling devices to the prince every time he rides by with the women. Disney and old fairytales threaten gender politics and ideal women roles by giving certain stereotypes for domestic and personality traits. Fairytales that have turned into Disney productions have sculpted domestic roles for women that consist of cooking, cleaning and caring for the children. Disney has also created these princesses with personalities that are shy, passive, and vulnerable. The cause of these stereotypes are making individuals obliterate their own identities and becoming clones from the mold that was prepared for
Disney movies can teach young girls stereotypes of the ideal body image, how they should act, and unrealistic expectations of love. Giroux thinks that Disney movies have a negative impact on children for teaching them stereotypical ideas. One big problem seen in Disney Movies is false body image. Take “Sleeping Beauty” for example, with her stunning beauty, small waist and perfect hair, she is portraying that her look is the ideal and women should look like her. Young girls seeing these Disney Princesses might think that the only way they can look good is if they have a model’s physique, which is wrong because children shouldn’t be concerned about appearance and impressing others.
They define beauty as having the perfect body image, just as Disney princess movies have taught them. Moreover, the bad people or witches in these movies always seem to be ugly, fat, or basically unattractive. This changes young girls’ view of the society, leading them to develop low self-esteem if they don’t meet the princesses’ standard (Dundes, 8). Since, Disney features the male character (prince) to be romantically linked to the female character (princess), young girls who do not think that they have the image of a princess will get the impression that they cannot be loved by handsome wealthy men (England, Descartes, Collier-Meek, 3). Also, they will consider themselves to b... ... middle of paper ... ...r society.
Moving on, in every classic disney film, if the villain is a female; it is common and somewhat expected to picture her as extremely hideous and seek to be gorgeous. This was clearly seen in Little Mermaid. Ursula, the movie's main vill... ... middle of paper ... ... portrayed to be ugly and seek to beauty. Lastly, every princess in disney films are portrayed to need saving. In the film Cinderella, this is also the case.
In Disney movies the men has to always save the women usually with a true love’s kiss, this causes the epidemic of women now days waiting for price charming to come and save them. Little girls long for approval and to feel beautiful, although they never expect their beloved Disney Princess to make these little girls feel self-conscious, and have low self-esteem which include behavior problems as adults. During the time that little girls have a misunderstanding about what it means to fall in love and so that they have problems with their relationships later on in life as they grow up. Girls and women alike still have difficulty understanding what it means to be attractive since the Disney Princesses shows younger women who dress in elegant gowns, who have slim fit bodies and perfectly gorgeous hair. They will spend large amounts of money to have expensive clothing like the Disney princesses and have work done on their bodies such as plastic surgery in order to achieve what it means to be beautiful.
“The dangerous world of the princess,” shows the definition of what a princess should be “pretty, gentle, sweet, passive, tiny feet and a handsome prince” (Cochrane paragraph 1), that is why little girls fantasize of being all these things. They want to wear makeup, jewelry, dresses and have good manners while waiting for their charming prince to come and take them away and live that happily ever after fantasy. But when little girls make their life around a fairytale and do not move on those thoughts it becomes a worry to adults if there ever going to move on from that stage. “The toddler had stopped running and jumping, and insisted on wearing only dresses. She sat on the front step quietly waiting, she said, for her prince,” (Hanes paragraph 1).
The idea that wanting to be all that is “Princess” can lead to false expectations, equates to what Orenstein says is a “preoccupation with body and beauty” and what Twenge said will lead to narcissism and entitlement (327). Think of girls who suffer from anorexia in an effort to be what they see up on the billboards. However, it is always easier to find blame with outside sources like Disney than to focus within, although, there are extenuating circumstances to every example. If mom finds that her little girl needs the “Cinderella” accessories to fix low self-worth problems, then the problem probably stems from issues within her peer group or her home life. If this is so, how can a person decide which is a cause and which is an effect?
In Team Disney’s Princess, she is quite independent and more revealing, and c... ... middle of paper ... ...eping Beauty and Little Mermaid, where the femme fatale uses the princess as a prime tool to wreak havoc in the Kingdom. The Kings of the daughters appear weak and cannot protect their daughters. What the femme fatale really wants is to rule the kingdom and take power over the King. In both films, the femme fatale uses her first true love against her in order to gain power. Overall, the movies challenge and deal with many different gender and race issues in a fairly positive way.