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Transcript of Disney Princess
Snow White 1937
Sleeping Beauty 1959
The Little Mermaid 1989
Beauty and the Beast 1989
Princess and the Frog 2009
How Disney Princesses Affect Young Girls
Hint of traditional values
Classic Era and Middle Era sending the wrong message about love.
Do not rely on men
Change of priorities
Damsel in distress
Taking care of the home
The International Central Institute
for Youth and Education tested
1,055 kids (female and male) to see
which cartoon character they
“Because of marketing, little girls gravitate toward princess products, so my goal was to offer up a different kind of princess — a stronger princess that both mothers and daughters could relate to, so mothers wouldn't be pulling their hair out when their little girls were trying to dress or act like this princess. Instead they'd be like, 'Yeah, you go girl!'”
- Brenda Chapman
Children watch an average of 2 1/2- 3 hrs. of television a day.
Averages to be 20 hrs. a week.
Pick up different characteristics
How the Audience Views Media
In a survey, children knew that media was unrealistic
Results also came back as them still being unhappy with themselves
Children were afraid to be judged by peers
Play Clip 3
Princess and the Frog
Wanted something other than marriage
Worked for what she wanted
Turned out to not be completely independent
After the release of Beauty in the Beast in 1991, college enrollment rate for women increased. Ever since, there has been a growing gap between men and women.
"Historically speaking, animating female characters is really, really difficult, because they have to go through these range of emotions, but … you have to keep them pretty."
A mom showed her daughter the differences between the princesses with a normal size waist and the original. Her daughter could not spot the difference and thought the princess with the normal size waist was the more beautiful of the two. Her mother then showed her a picture of a woman who had a size 16 waist. The young girl was in shock and asked her mother what was wrong with the girl and told her that she looked odd.
Kelly Lee Dekay
Spent 7 yrs wearing a corset
Now has a size 16 waist
Too much lacing can cause damage
Over sexualization of females
Over romanticising relationships
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health released a report about young females having weight issues.
95% of people who have an eating disorder are between the ages of 12-25.
50% of girls between 11-13 consider themselves overweight
80% of those 13 yr olds have attempted to lose weight.
In 2013, 209,000 procedures were performed on people between the age of 13-19.
In 2013, 219,564 procedures were performed on people between the age of 13-19
Girls are asking for surgeries for birthday or graduation presents. .
Never give up
Find the best in others
Don't judge others
What Makes a Princess Movie?
Good vs. Evil
Romantic love story
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Lack of importance
Do not count in society
Race not valued
No princess to look up to
Not Just a Phase
“She had stopped running and jumping because princesses didn’t do those things. That was about the time I stopped waiting for the phase to pass — when she stopped running.”
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Disney Princesses are sending out a negative message to their young female viewers.
How to Fix It
Treat princesses as equals
Never give up on dreams
Family first, not beauty
Hard work will allow you to achieve your goals
Do you believe the princesses have a more positive or negative effect on girls?
Do you prefer the original design or the redesign of the princesses?
Which princess is most influential?
Have you felt that Disney princesses influenced you?
If you were a Disney princess, which would you be and why?