How princesses affect young girls

By: Danielle Contreras

How does Disney princesses affect young girls?

How Disney princesses affect young girls is based on how their perception on the subject.(Stephanie Hans). Also how disney pictures women from their perspective.(Aia Romano)

Pretty in Pink? Princesses affect on young girls

Young girls at the age of 5-8 years old often look at princesses and see a role model, but for parents, it doesn't really sit well.Most parents want their child to be independent, to not have to depend on someone to do stuff for them. For example, Clint Edwards, a local blogger, had an encounter like this when his daughter was playing castle with her friends.He says, "I really like the idea of Nora growing up to be an empowered woman, and I hated to see her act so dependent on a heroic male stranger." Parents would often think of this as a normal phase with young girls, but to others, they see the light behind Disney's mask of happiness.
'You Can't Be a Princess'
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Disney princesses on feminism

When you hear Disney princess, what do you think about? Most would probably think of Cinderella or other princesses, but none think of the stereotypes on the princesses that we have seen, but never point out. For example,Disney started their princess era with Snow White and while most thought it was an A+ movie, feminists were disgusted. The film basically focused on Snow White, being helpless and singing how she someday wants to fall in love with a prince. That's basically the jist of the movie. Most Disney movies back in 1937-1989 has had major problems with feminizing princesses and making them weak so that the prince will save the day. In current times, they are doing okay progress with it, due to the new movie Frozen that had a strong, independent female character,Elsa, who not only doesn't want a prince, but is actually a queen.

How to encourage your daughter

There are certain, but friendly ways you can teach your daughter on how not to be dependent. Show her to be empowering to others so that she can make a difference in this world. If she wants to do something that's not very lady-like,for example, hockey, then let her do that. Because, chances are with that boost of encouraging from the parents, can often lead the young girl to be independent and empowered.


In short, I think that feminism in Disney now is being taken care of better then in the past. Princesses now, such a Tiana or Merida, have a strong feeling for being independent and they don't mainly focus on marrying a wealthy man. All in all, I think Disney is one step closer into breaking the woman stereotype.

Work cited

"Feminist Disney Smashes the Patriarchy in Your Childhood Favorites." The Daily Dot. Aia Romano, 03 July 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

"A Feminist Guide to Disney Princesses." Jezebel. Sonia Sariaya, 7 July 2012. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

Hanes, Stephanie. "Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect." Christian Science Monitor. Sept 24 2011: N.p. SIRS Issues Researcher.Web. 03 Feb. 2014

"My Daughter Is Not a Princess(a Fathers Struggle with Disney Princesses)." Web log post. Clint Edwards, 12 Dec. 2013. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.

Web log post. Gender Roles Brought to You by Disney. Catie, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2014.