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The Disney Princesses

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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 them so loved however after careful analysis is becomes obvious that these are not the kinds of characters children should be idolizing. Many young girls spend a large amount of their life wanting to be a princess but Disney’s portrayal of princesses makes this not seem so desirable. A princess according to Disney is a young, virgin, beautiful girl who has a single parent and an unnaturally skinny body. She falls in love very quickly and her only goal in life is to get married (Daedaluss, C.). There are nine Disney Princesses that were released between the years of 1937 and 2009. According to a study done by England D., Descartes L. and Collier-Meek M. (567) all of the Disney Princess movies portray women as having very stereotypical representation of gender. Over time Disney’s portrayal of the princesses have changed but overall there is not a lot of improvement in regards to the portrayal of gender stereotypes (England, Descartes & Collier-Meek , 568). These stereotypes have given young girls misunderstandings about how a woman should look and behave. The first Disney princess was Snow White from Snow White and the Seven dwarves released in 1937. Snow White portrays the image as young, innocent and pure. She only lives with her evil stepmother and her loves doing housework (Daedaluss). She is not
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