Taking a Look at Disney Princesses

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Disney Princesses
The media plays a vital role in displaying to society the roles and values that individuals should hold. The media is also a very powerful agent in demonstrating racial and gender stereotypes (Matyas 3). Disney plays a major role in displaying stereotypical things to young children. Some figures that have been very important and influential to young children for a long time are the Disney Princesses. There are many features about these characters that make children love them. However, after researching the topic, it becomes obvious that these are not the kinds of characters children should idolize. Many young girls spend much of their childhood wanting to be a princess. Disney’s portrayal of princesses makes this seem not so desirable. A princess is usually a young and beautiful girl who has an unnaturally thin body. She also falls in love very quickly and her only goal in life is to get married.
There are nine Disney Princesses between 1937 and 2009. Most of the movies have very stereotypical representation of gender. Over time, Disney’s portrayal of the princesses has changed, but overall there’s not a lot of improvement in regards to the portrayal of gender stereotypes. Young women, who stray away from conflict and think they should be nice and pretty, are more likely to be depressed than others. There is a twenty three percent drop in girls’ participation in sports in middle and high school. The girls think it is unfeminine to play sports. Girls are feeling like they are being pressured to be perfect, get straight A’s, be the student-body president, editor of the newspaper, and captain of the swim team. But on top of all that, they want to be kind, caring, please everyone, and be very thin and dress right (O...

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...he fictional characters they see in Disney movies. Girls are told that they are princesses, so they aspire to be like the Disney princesses. Instead, why not take real, historical role models, like Rosa Parks or Anne Frank, and make them into princesses?

Works Cited

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Matyas, Vanessa. TALE AS OLD AS TIME: A Textual Analysis of Race and Gender in Disney Princess Films. McMaster University, 2010. Print.

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