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Heteronormativity and Disney Princess Films

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Victoria Daly

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of Heteronormativity and Disney Princess Films

Body Image Disney presents their princesses with what the media depicts as the 'feminine' ideal of beauty and body image...

Big eyes
Clear skin
Long, flowing hair
Petite waistline
Hourglass figure

These stereotypical traits are what lead to unrealistic expectations about body image. Young girls watch these films believing that they will grow up to be thin and beautiful with flawless skin and a perfect figure. That is not reality, but does Disney care? Because.... Disney princess films give their young audiences unrealistic expectations about body image, love, happiness and gender roles.

Disney has created a very successful "Princess Culture" Disney Princess... What are the first words that just popped into your mind? Love and Happiness Love and Gender Not only does Disney give the unrealistic expectation that "love is easy to find" but they also give the misleading message the all love is hetero-romantic. In conclusion... All of the unrealistic expectations within these princess films congregate to bring each princess her ultimate happiness.

For the Disney princesses happiness appears to always end with them finding love, in the form of a man.

Why is the love of a man the only happy ending these princesses seem to find?

By watching these films, young audiences observe gendered messages that give them an unrealistic expectation about life, a successful heteronormative life. Disney Princess Films Unrealistic Expectations and Heteronormativy
in Ariel As we see here, Ariel has a ridiculously
small waist and long, flowing hair
In the next image we can see how
large her eyes are Jasmine Jasmine also has a small wait, long
flowing hair, and big eyes Romance is a major plot line for almost all Disney princess movies, and if it is not the major plot it is involved within the film one way or another.....but why? Why does romance have to have a key element? Has romance become"Disneyfied?"

Yes! Disney portrays a certain way for these princesses to respond to romance, courtship, love, and marriage. In all the films, the princess finds love, gets married, and lives happily ever after with her prince....all within a 90 minute period, of course.

While viewing this, the young audiences may thing "Hey! It's quick and easy to find love!"

Which is NOT true. Are any of these couples homosexual? No,
all of these couples are heterosexual, just like any relationship seen in a Disney princess film. Why is this? Disney presents all of it's films from a heteronormative position. Gendered Messages "Doing gender" has come to mean that gender is a socially constructed category involving behaviors that are accredited to a man or woman. It is seen in every social interaction one has, one is apparently responsible for the way in they act because their actions should be appropriate to their sex category, male or female.

Gender does not have to be this way, it is not black and white. Gender can be fluid. but Disney doesn't see it this way. Disney's princess films are presenting it's characters under the impression that only women can be feminine and only men can be masculine.

Not every woman is feminine and not every male is masculine. What about those who identify as neither man nor female? What are they supposed to be?

The young viewers of Disney princess films are being exposed to a only one side of the gender story. Skinny?
Pretty? Long hair?
Perfection? Why is it that all these words are associated
with the Disney princesses?
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