I understand where the author is coming from, but I have to disagree with the article. With the exceptions of Mulan, which is based on a Chinese heroine from 2,000 years ago, and Pocahontas, the Disney Princesses are based on old fairy tales. Disney did not create the stories for Snow White, Cinderella etc. himself. Does this mean that we should ban all fairy tales from our children? My children and I discuss all stories we read or see in movies. I make sure that they understand what they've read or seen and we talk about why the characters acted the way they did.
My oldest daughter is 7 years old. She loves princesses and fairies of all kinds. She also knows that people grow up and fall in love with others because they are smart, funny, and kind. She knows that sometimes, men fall in love with men and women with women. She knows that she doesn't have to get married, and that she doesn't need a man to support her. She knows that she can get whatever job she wants or be a stay-at-home mom if she chooses to. She knows where babies come from (but not how they get there). When she puts on her tiara and fancy dresses, she is pretending that she has magical powers and great adventures, not that she's waiting for a man to rescue her.
If my son or daughters grow up thinking that men are in charge, women are helpless, and love happens because the people involved are beautiful, that will be my fault, not the Disney Company. My husband and I model a real marriage, and that is what will really influence my kids.
On a related note, I know plenty of people who celebrate and share material with their children that holds the subjugation of women at its heart. Should we ban the Bible to protect our daughters from sexist ideas?
Dec 24 2007 - 1:11am