Are Disney princesses failing as role models?

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I don't even want my daughter to read fairy tales. There are so many books she can read which are more practical for the modern times. I don't want her to think that women should be damsels in distress.
Don't you think fairy tales help develop their imaginations?
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For me, I want my daughter to know the role of a man is to save the woman. That's how it should be. Men should be gentlemen and treat women like princesses.
Jeez, that's no way to raise a daughter! Your daughter should be raised to believe in herself and in what she can do. She should not have to wait for a man to save her!
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These Disney princesses and Barbies are some of the things I don't like my kids to have too much of. I don't want my kids to think that they need to be all dolled up like that to be pretty.
I agree! Unfortunately though, there's not a lot of female driven stories that can empower young minds.
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Disney princesses are the typical stereotypes for women. Weak, fragile and dependent on men.
I agree! They should really eliminate these stereotypical characteristics.
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If you did not allow your children to read or watch Disney princess when they were younger? What did you make them watch that was a better alternative?
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Anyone who thinks that Ariel is a good example of what a woman should be probably hasn’t seen the movie or doesn’t really understand what"independent" means. Ariel certainly is strong willed, but she is hardly independent.
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Do you agree that adults must ensure that we do not reinforce negative gender messaging in our daily lives by making girls feel that they are most valuable when they look like pretty princesses? What is your take on gender-neutral toys?
I'd rather my kids watch a fantasy movie like Lord of the Rings or Narnia than Disney princesses. It's a waste of time.
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Pocahontas is the worst Disney princess. She hardly does anything during the whole movie besides telling her dad to chill out, and then John Smith sails back to England anyway!
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While the whole princess thing being based on a system of inherited privilege which is un-American and is probably Communist, Mulan is not a princess. Whatever might be said about saving all of China is wholly negated by the fact that she marries a non-prince army captain and has no royal parentage.
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While the whole princess thing being based on a system of inherited privilege which is un-American and is probably Communist, Mulan is not a princess. Whatever might be said about saving all of China is wholly negated by the fact that she marries a non-prince army captain and has no royal parentage.
True plus the Disney Princess brand suggests that a girl’s most valuable asset is her beauty, which encourages an unhealthy preoccupation with physical appearance. The brand also implies that girls should be sweet and submissive, and should expect a man to come to their rescue in an act of love at first sight.
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There's a new study by Sarah Coyne, an associate professor of family life at Brigham Young University and found -
1. The more the girls in the study engaged with princess culture, the more they behaved in stereotypically feminine ways.
2. Girls with a lower body image when the study began tended to be more interested in princess culture a year later.
3. There was no evidence that the girls’ engagement with princess culture influenced girls’ behavior for the better. Princesses’ potential as positive, pro-social role models is limited.
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What disturbs me the most is that their sole goal in life is to find Prince Charming and run away to marry him. Does no one else see how messed up that actually is? Have we all just accepted that what a woman should want in life is a man?
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What disturbs me the most is that their sole goal in life is to find Prince Charming and run away to marry him. Does no one else see how messed up that actually is? Have we all just accepted that what a woman should want in life is a man?
I know right?! You know the worst part? The setting and characters may change, but this nonsense story is always the same. The princess' life sucks real bad. She has some obstacles. She meets a dream guy. And then everything is perfect for her. Gross!!!
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I have noticed that these girls will give up anything for the 'right' guy. Case and point, Ariel, she's willing to give up her voice for a man she has NEVER MET. Pocahontas was willing to sell out for love and Belle was willing to isolate herself from the world. How utterly pathetic is that...?!
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All I can say is - Beauty and the Beast and Stockholm Syndrome.
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This is another interesting study about how Disney princess promote dangerous stereotypes of women - https://news.byu.edu/news/disney-princesses-not-brave-enough
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How about Disney princesses promoting promiscuity by inferring that"true love's kiss" will make everything okay?
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Here's a funnier take on why Disney princesses are bad influence - https://www.ranker.com/list/7-disney-princesses-that-make-the-worst-role-models/molly-mahan
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