The Disney Corporation has strategically captivated the attention of audiences worldwide with their iconic animated motion pictures and, as a result, has an impact on children in most nations. Due to their iconic popularity, these works have been discussed and analyzed in great detail by many scholars. Many have criticized the films for their seemingly sexist and oppressive gender messages and find fault with the princesses serving as role models for young girls; they argue that oppressive characteristics and ideas are presented. However, when one closely examines the films and compares the characteristics of the princesses to the progressive female of their time, one may clearly see positive messages. Moreover, interactions between the female protagonists and animals in the stories showcase the princesses’ progressive qualities and highlight the ways in which these individuals may be seen as reputable women who set a worthy example for young girls. In fact, one may argue that these women are model citizens of their respective time periods who advocate for gender equality, while promoting healthy, functional relationships and pursuing happiness.
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Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature
Lueke, Alexandria Irene, "The Disney Evolution: Princesses as Positive Role Models" (2014). Honors Theses. 37.