It’s at this point in my life, where I don’t even want to call myself a feminist because of the recent behaviors of the 3rd wave feminist. I was just on facebook and say this topic trending about Disney Princess being bad for young girls. Now I understand why many parents and adults have an issue with the Disney Princess franchise however, it is just a fad that many will grow out if. As a child, I had Mulan and Pocahontas dolls and played with them often. Sometimes I would pretend to be Ariel during bathtime or Belle when reading a book and dreaming about far off places – its clear that I grew out of my princess phase but this article really ticked me off.
The main reason for that this feminist is angry with the Disney princess franchise because it stereotypes females into stereotypical gender roles. No offense but if this woman actually watched each and every single Disney princess film she would understand that 1. that was the time frame & 2. many of the princesses are actually feminist during a time where the idea of womens rights and such didn’t even exist. I will explain each and every single one which I hope will give my readers an understanding.
Snow White is a German princess, she was born royal but her situation becomes dire to to her evil stepmother being jealous of her beauty and so she makes Snow White a chamber maid. Snow didn’twake up one day and say ‘ you know what, I want to be a maid’. Snow because of of innocent nature is tricked by the queen,takes a bite out of a poison apple and its nap time for the princess. The prince just happens to be wandering through the woods, sees the princess, gives a kiss and bam happily ever after.
Cinderella is a French princess and was a maid due to her evil stepmother ( its clear women have an issue with beauty). Cinderella despite being treated so unfairly still had faith and hope and literally all she wanted was a night off. So the fairy godmother grants her her wish and when she arrives she just so happens to bump into the prince. Last time I check when people go out sometimes they meet someone and flirt. Clock strikes 12 its back to rags and eventually the prince finds her because she had some small feet and bam happily ever after.
Aurora is sleeping beauty another French princess that takes place during medieval times. Aurora is the subject of Maleficents cruelty all because the king and queen didn’t invited her to a party. So when Aurora becomes 16 she meets her betrothed (even though she doesn’t’t know it) falls for him and eventually pricks her finger and takes a nice long nap. The prince then slays Malifecent who uses all the powers of hell and turns into a dragon. The prince kisses Aurora and bam happily ever after.
Ariel is the Danish princess who lives under the sea though many of her fishy subjects are from the Caribbean. Ariel dreams of being human, not finding a man but a human because of her curiously at the world above. Daddy has 7 daughters but Ariel apparently is the only who takes priority. Ariel meeting Prince Eric was really just an add bonus to her desire to be human. Ursula using the mermaid desires against her, takes her voice and gives her 3 days for a kiss. All chaos eventually breaks loose and Eric ends up slaying the giant octopus turning her to sushi. Triton realizing that his youngest cant bot be a kid forever, turns her human and bam Ariel and Eric get married, have sex and hello Melody.
Belle is another French princess who commits a selfish act to save her father. The beast clearly has some anger issues ( i mean who wouldn’t’t if you were turned into some sort of wolf,bear thing) Belle over the course that she stays within the castle starts to see the goodness that is within him and the beast let’s someone in. However Gaston wants Belle even though he has 3 blonde thots but Belle is the good girl though her his not find of a woman reading because soon she gets ideas and thinking. Gaston stabs the beast which eventually leads to him falling to his death and Belle confuses her love then bam the beast is now cute again and they all live happily ever after.
Jasmine is the Arabic princess who basically doesn’t’t want her life especially marriage decided for her. She falls for the street rat Aladdin who learned to just be himself and he marries princess Jasmine ( though technically Aladdin is a prince since his father is the King of Thieves)
Pocahontas is based on a real life Native American who upon meeting John Smith was actually 12. Pocahontas teaches John Smith about nature and that both natives and English man are the same despite skin color.
Mulan is a Chinese warrior that in order to save her father from getting himself killed in battle takes his place and saves China. Shang was just a nice little bonus
Tiana is a young hardworking black woman in 1920’s New Orleans. Her parents take her to basically work hard for the things you want. Naveen a princes ends up getting Tiana in a pickle with some voodoo madness and eventually learns to be a hard worker while Tiana learns from him that sometimes, you gotta relax. They eventually getting hitched and open up that beautiful restaurant and live happily ever after.
Rapunzel another German princess is kidnap as a child for her magical blonde hair by a witch who doesn’t want to grow old. Flynn is a thief who just happens upon Rapunzel and helps learn about the outside world and shows her that its not so scary. The thief falls for Rapunzel innocence and she learns that she was abducted, her hair gets cut, the witch dies then she is reunited with her parents and bam happily ever after with Flynn ( she actually proposes to him)
Merida is a Scottish princess who is similar to that of princess Jasmine, she wants to make her own descions about her life especially marriage. Anger with her mom, she turns the queen into a bear and the spell breaks when both the queen and princess put their pride aside .
Anna and Elsa are Norwegian and they are sisters who due to one having these really cool ice powers and because of parental fear, have been isolated from basically everyone. The fear of this powers has cause Elsa who becomes queen to start the next ice age in which she finds this new inpowerment in her powers and herself. Anna who leaves her kingdom in charge to a guy she wants to marry and barely know falls for a guy who has a reindeer for a friend. Elsa ends up freezing her sister but their strong sisterly bond breaks it and no one is scared of the ice queen anymore.
Moana will be the latest Disney’s princess in the franchise representing the pacific islands. This feminist reason for disliking the Disney princess franchise is because it feminizes them.
What drives me crazy is when you get a princess who’s not gender stereotyped, like Merida from Brave. I took my daughter to see it, and afterward we had a great coversation about how strong, brave and independent Merida was in the movie. And then in the marketing, Disney slims her down, sexualizes her, takes away her bow and arrow, gives her makeup—feminizes her. So then we’re at the supermarket and see this ‘new Merida’ on fruit snacks and soup cans, and I point it out to my daughter and we have a conversation about the difference. And now when we’re at the store, she’ll see the soup can herself and say, ‘That’s not the real Merida and I’m not buying it.’
This woman has some issues, there is nothing wrong with a woman wanting to be a stay at home wife or girly. I did not start wearing makeup till I was in my twenties because I enjoyed being a kid. I play with both dolls and toys that were considered for boys – heck video games are primarily male with the video games and especially its females characters being drawn to attract males. No matter how many times I read about feminist versus the patriarchy whether its written by feminist or men in the manosphere – you can not change your biological instincts. Men are naturally attract to pretty women and woman look for a good provider and protector in a male; nothing on Earth will ever change that fact no matter how hard you try. So leave the young girls alone and just let them be kids.
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Disney Princess Encourage Gender Stereotypes