Personally, I don’t believe that any of these observations are true at all. I believe I’m afeminist. I see myself as being very liberal and open minded. I think everyone should have equal rights, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I also believe in children’s rights. I feel that if a little girl or even a little boy for that matter. wants to be treated as an independent, strong princess, so be it! People tend to forget that princesses were and still are very highly respected. People forget about princesses such as Elizabeth Tudor who became Queen Elizabeth I when she was only twenty-five years old. Let’s not also forget Marie Antoinette, a princess who latter became the Last Queen of France at the young age of fourteen.
Is it really such a horrible thing for young girls to want to be princesses then? Yeah, sure they want to wear pretty dresses and wear makeup, but even if they don’t watch Disney movies, they are still going to want to do these things. They see mommy wearing dresses and makeup and jewelery and they want to copy here. So should society really blame Disney for the fact that little girls want to be, well, little girls? It’s based on their personality, not because of subliminal messaging from Disney. Personally, I would rather have my daughter, or even son for that matter, watch a Disney movie rather than some of the shows that are targeted at children. Girls now are watching TV shows such as Victorious and Wizards of Waverly Place.
Those girls then idolize not the characters in the show, but the actresses themselves. Their idols switch from Cinderella and Rapunzel to Victoria Justice and Selena Gomez. I’ve seen twelve year old girls that wear tight, low cut skinny jeans and tiny shirts that show their midriffs. Again, I’m extremely liberal and all for individuality but when that means having a girl in elementary school dress like she’s in college, I feel like this is very unfortunate. Girls are growing up faster and faster and it’s not because of the Disney movies the majority of us grew up on, it’s because of the Disney and Nickelodeon shows they are watching now.
When I was younger, all I watched was Disney movies and I like to believe that I turned out fine. Each character taught me valueble lessons about society and life in general. Cinderella taught me that even though life may seem difficult, I just have to keep working hard and eventually it will get better. She showed me that sometimes, it’s okay to get help, whether it’s from mice or a fairy godmother. Belle showed me to try to find the good in people and that sometimes, first impressions don’t always show you who a person is. They might seem like a horrible beast, but they could really be a kind person deep down. Ariel taught me to be brave and do what I truly want to do with my life. I honestly feel that she gave me the strength to move half way around the country by myself in order to better my life. Yeah, I left my friends and family much like she did, but I am also in college now, making a better life for myself. Meanwhile the friends I had back home in Iowa are all either pregnant or have become drug addicts.
All of these characters were there for me when I least expected, and even sometimes without me knowing it. If it weren’t for these strong, independent women, I might not be the strong independent woman I am today. And no, I don’t believe that loving Disney Princesses has made me any less of a feminist, in fact, I think Disney Princesses are feminists.