Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Disney Princess Development

Last year I enrolled in a fashion psychology class so I had enough credits to keep my scholarship. We had fantastic discussions about everything from gender views of clothing, the development of trends, and social problems. There were a few hyper-feminists in the class that I loved aggravating.

So gender roles is the topic of discussion and behold, Disney Princesses pops up. Know I grew up as a Princess at heart. So Leah starts ranting about the expected behavior of little girls based on the submissive personality presented in Disney culture: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty.

 Oh my, I missed a spot! Better start all over. Gosh I love domestication!

While everyone in the class is nodding in unison, I noticed she was bringing up the Disney Princesses of the olden days. Snow White and Cinderella were the "original princesses", created in a time when women did stay at home, cook, submit. However, the Princesses have come a long way and I think Disney has done well to reflect realistic attitudes over time.

After our lovely dainty Princesses came the rebellious ones that fought back. None of these girls were the take-charge, run the show kind of princesses but they challenged authority in the 80s and 90s. Ariel rebelled against her father, Belle challenged society's views of how women should be, Mulan was a man for half her movie. These princesses reflected what the population wanted to see in females. Not a dominant lead, but at least not a slavish drone.

 Take my hand! We can be equals if you aren't a total jerk!

The two newest princesses, Tiana and Repunzel, have officially broken the boundaries for princess roles. They have turned into dominant female leads not only fight back, but run the entire movie with the guys as the sidekicks. Talk about an interesting turn of events.

Twitch and I will annihilate your smolder.

And so we have the development of Disney Princesses. Hopefully it doesn't get more radical than this. I can't imagine I'd enjoy the next princess if she's a dominatrix.

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