Most parents are not getting this either! I can understand how many parents are blinded to the negative effects of Disney movies, and their princesses. When they get a movie for their kid they probably say to themselves, “They’re made for children, so they must be okay, right?” Wrong. Just as Henry Giroux, the writer of the book, “The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence” believes that Disney movies have a negative impact on the children that watch them, I believe that as well. Disney movies can teach young girls stereotypes of the ideal body image, how they should act, and unrealistic expectations of love.
That being said makes it no surprise that Disney constantly gets an anti-feminist label on all of their creations. The theme of the princesses’ perfect appearance being necessary to get them the prince often reoccurs. This idea is also backed up by Kathi Maio who states, “The movie says if a young woman is pretty and sweet-natured, she can change an abusive man into a kind and gentle man. In other words it is a woman’s fault if her man abuses her” (Disney’s Dolls).... ... middle of paper ... ...n by naming the title of the movie after the main female protagonists. Just look at the Little Mermaid, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and even Beauty and the Beast.
The reader feels disturbed, anger and enraged at the beginning and all throughout the article on Disney and TV in general. Disney in specifically because of its intended audience, which is children. Hanes says “ The $4 billion Disney Princess empires was the first step down a path scarier challenge , from self objectification “ ( Hanes 2) . Notice how Hanes uses the word objectification and first step , these words set the tone of the article. Some of the audience might of felt betrayed by Disney for making and promoting movies/shows that cause that type of change in a little girls life in such an early stage.
As a result, young girls should not be encouraged to watch Disney princess movies because they idolize the characters, which are simply fictitious and just meant for entertainment, and these movies also cause disobedience, low self-esteem and lack of confidence. For starters, Disney princess movies display the image of extraordinary beautiful sexy girls as princesses. They have long hair, small waist, flawless skin, nice cloths and beautiful voices (England, Descartes, Collier-Meek, 2). Unsurprisingly, young Girls want to have the qualities of these fictitious characters. They define beauty as having the perfect body image, just as Disney princess movies have taught them.
Do you think dressing a three year old as a prostitute for a movie theme pageant is appropriate? No, it is completely inappropriate and that is exactly what Wendy Dickey did to her three-year-old daughter Paisley Dickey in a film theme beauty pageant on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras”. Wendy thought by dressing her daughter as a prostitute like Julia Roberts character in Pretty Woman was going to “wow” the judges but just created controversy all over. Children beauty pageants may seem to be cute, but today it is a concern among many people on whether children beauty pageants should be ban because of what goes on in the pageant world that we do not see and the outcome and future of these children. When beauty pageants became a part of the American society in 1920, it also became a marketing tool.
Lazarus utilizes the statement at the end of her review that “the Disney Magic entranced her children, but they and millions of other children were given hidden messages that could only do them and us harm” (118). She makes her point by saying that “the Disney Magic reinforces and reproduces bigoted and stereotyped views of minorities and women in our society” (Lazarus 117). She makes comparisons such as elephant graveyards are like ghettos (Lazarus 118). Other lines of reasoning Lazarus gives us are about Whoopie Goldberg using inner city dialect, the villain Scar being gay, and only those born to privilege can bring about change (118). Lazarus begins her review first, by informing us that the hyenas lived in an elephant graveyard that was dark and impoverished and compared it to living in a ghetto (118).
Research Based Analysis Cinderella-like tales has become a staple of the Disney movie lineup. That may explain the overwhelming popularity of these themes. The influences of these innocuous movies has a profound effect on people. Yet Disney admits there is very little marketing strategy behind their products. However, Feminist and author, Peggy Orenstein demonstrates that companies like Disney stereotype and market to little girls.
Young girls of all ages growing up believing in a fairy tales and having their heads up in the clouds only to become bitter when reality hits them, maybe their prince will never show up or maybe they will get their heart broken. Disney movies are made to entertain but the entertainment that it provides cripples girls and women all over the world. It calls young girls to grown up to be women that may be looking for a man to come and save them from bad situations. This is a reason relationships almost inevitably to fail. 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.
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.
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