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Positive Influences of Disney Princess

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Amber Falde
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8 October 2013
Positive influences of Disney Princesses While girls grow up they will look up to someone as a role model, whether it be a parent or a famous celebrity. These role models are only human; they make mistakes because they aren’t perfect. Young girls might see a famous celebrity that they look up to make bad choices and think that it’s ok whether it have to deal with sex, alcohol or drugs. By raising girls on the Disney princess movies, it gives girls a role model that is in a sense “perfect”. The princesses have been the same for 30 years and will stay the same for 30 more years. They are a role model that doesn’t change; there is no worry about them getting into abusing drugs or alcohol The Disney princesses teach girls the importance of family, friendship, acceptance and so much more. So why wouldn’t you want them to be a role model for your daughter? You have a guarantee that they won’t mess up like someone else could.
A Disney princess shows the importance of family. In Beauty and the Beast we see Belle who trades her freedom to free her father and takes his place as the Beasts’ prisoner. By having Belle trade places with her father it shows that “Disney animated films contain strong messages about the importance of family relationships. Family members were often shown making sacrifices for one another, and putting their families’ well being before their own.” (Tanner 367) Even after Belle falls in love with the Beast, she leaves to go help her sick father. In Sleeping Beauty, Aurora’s mother and father give her up to the 3 fairies in order to protect her from Maleficents’ curse. For 16 years the fairies gave up magic so that they would be able to raise her in secret. In The Little Mermaid King Triton gives up his freedom for Ariel so that she wouldn’t become one of Ursula’s slaves. Also at the end of the movie King Triton gives up being able to see his daughter when he transforms her into a human. Through the Disney movies girls can see how important family is. They can see how the princesses gave things up for their family and how families did the same for the princesses. Young girls can see how with family and even others that sometimes you may have to give up your happiness so that you are able to make another happy, and in return someone will do the same for you. While you are a young girl you look for that “best friend”, at that age you may choose your friend because they have the same name as you or simply because you like the play the same games. Through the princesses girls can see the importance of friendship and have their friendships have more meaning. Cinderella has loyal friends, even if they are mice, who put their lives on the line for her. Ariel has Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian who keep an eye on her while she is human and try to help her get Prince Eric to kiss her within the 3 days. Sebastian even is almost cooked as meal trying to keep an eye on Ariel. In Mulan, she has Yao, Ling and Chien-Po who dress up as women to try to save the Emperor. The princesses show us that loyal friends will stick by you no matter what the circumstances are. Tolerance is a hard topic for young girls to understand at a young age, even adults struggle with not having tolerance. Through Disney we see Ariel who doesn’t judge the humans, unlike her father; she wants to get to know them. She is open-minded about them; she wants to understand their reasoning behind things, such as why does fire burn? Pocahontas shows John Smith how the natural world can be wonderful just as it is. This shows young girls that there isn’t only thier beliefs and way of living, and is a quality that if learned at a young age will teach them to understand something that even adults can’t understand and accept. With the all of the different media these days it’s especially hard for girls with self image. Society can make a girl feel worthless or not beautiful. Cinderella from the beginning is bullied by her step family, they make her feel worthless. Even though her family thinks she is worthless, Prince Charming sees her differently and is why he chooses her over her step sisters. Mulan was told that she wasn’t worthy of having a husband. She tried to make herself acceptable for society but realized that that wasn’t who she was. If these beautiful princesses are being looked upon as ugly then for little girls when they are told by someone that they aren’t pretty or worthy it’s more of an annoyance. They can connect to Cinderella and realize that the person is jealous of them just like Cinderella’s step sisters were jealous of Cinderella. Girls will know that they are beautiful and that’s all that matters, which is what the Disney princesses are showing them. Even as girls get older, Disney princesses can still be a role model for them for what they want when it comes to romance. Many movies today when it comes to romance it deals with a lot of sexual aspects. The Disney princess movies show romance as being innocent, not once do you see or even hear them talk about sex throughout any of the movies. It shows girls especially older ones that love is not just sex, like society today has made it become, it really is what kind of person their “prince” is. In the stories of Cinderella and Belle, they realize that they found their true love through dancing. They both find love not by grinding with a guy at a dance but waltzing with them at a ball, the waltz being completely innocent and a very elegant dance, which Altman argues “encapsulates in music and in dance forbidden and yet desirable, beautiful nature of the whirling, tempting, gay life of aristocratic Vienna” (135-36). Girls can see that love truly is innocent and not how society has made it to be. Girls contemplate every little detail about every little moment, especially when the moments come to boys. Following your heart is something that the Disney princesses will show girls of all ages. Cinderella and Ariel are prime examples of this, “These princesses that have rebelled or not just waited for a prince to come like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty have the romantic relationship presented as a ―free choice.”(White 42). Cinderella went to the ball in hopes of meeting the prince, and Ariel traded her voice in for legs so that she could have Prince Eric fall in love with her. Girls believe that the guy is the one that is supposed to pursue them, they think that they have to wait around for their “prince charming”. Girls should be able to go for a guy if they like them, it shows the man that they are confident, which is why Prince Charming fell in love with Cinderella because she held herself with confidence and followed her heart.
By having girls watch the Disney princesses they can see that it truly is what’s on the inside that counts. Belle fell in love with the Beast even though he is a vicious creature, which the whole town was afraid of. Jasmine loved Aladdin for who he was, a lonely street rat. When Aladdin tried to impress her by becoming Prince Ali, she didn’t like who him because he was just like all of the other princes coming to try to have her hand in marriage. This is showing young girls acceptance, they see that the princesses are looking beyond who others are on the outside and actually taking the time to want to get to know them which is why they fall in love with their princes. By letting girls dress up in pretty dresses it gives them confidence. The Disney princesses are role models that girls can have beginning at a young age and can even look back at for advice when they grow up to become adults. Even though the princesses are beautiful they are even more confident and that’s beauty you can’t fake by putting make up on. The princesses know who they are and fight for what they believe in and that’s why you should raise girls with the Disney princesses.

Works Cited
Altman, R. (1989). The American film musical. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Tanner, L., Haddock, S. A., Zimmerman, T. S., & Lund, L. (2003). Images of couples and families in Disney feature-length animated films. American Journal of Family Therapy,
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White, Mimi. ―Representing Romance: Reading/ Writing/ Fantasy and the ―Liberated‖ Heroine of Recent Hollywood Films‖. Cinema Journal. 28.3 (Spring 1989) 41-56.

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