Royal Role Models : Why Disney Princesses

1555 WordsOct 4, 20177 Pages
ROYAL ROLE MODELS: WHY DISNEY PRINCESSES ARE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE TO YOUNG GIRLS Are tiaras, dresses, princes, and castles destroying the minds of our youth? Most adults believe that children are heavily influenced by the things they see around them, mostly having a negative impact on their development. A phenomenon that follows this ideal are the ever so popular Disney princesses. Disney princesses are a staple of childhood interests, especially for young girls. Girls are more interested in princesses than boys, mostly due to gender biases, so for the sake of consistency, this paper will discuss the princesses’ role in the lives of little girls. I myself have great experience with Disney princesses, from watching their movies to…show more content…
Not everyone is able to find ‘true love’, and the members of the target audience of Disney movies are far too young to be worrying about finding ‘princes’. Furthermore, some may argue that Disney movies present unrealistic expectations of love which could affect viewer’s relationships in the future. Obviously, the princess stories are fictional, which may create unrealistic goals for young girls. Not every girl can live in a castle, wear fancy dresses, and attain “the unearned wealth and privilege of being a princess” (Johnson 34). Can viewers truly ever obtain the ‘happy ever after’ presented in the Disney films? Overall, those who argue against Disney princesses as acceptable role models for young girls assume that the underlying messages of perfectionism in the movies affect girls in a negative way. Psychological studies have attempted to reinforce arguments that the Disney princesses are toxic to our youth. A study by professors at Birmingham Young University, described in an article in Quartz magazine by Annalisa Merelli, examined how 198 children around the age of 5 reacted to playing with Disney princess dolls. A year later, following the 2016 study, the results concluded that the girls in the experiment demonstrated gender-stereotypical behavior by their “desire to look like princesses”, along with “a lack of confidence”. The article also cites how girls in the experiment acted in a conforming
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