Should we be more critical of the stories we tell our kids?
Disney has tried to diversify and empower its princesses, they have evolved significantly as a response to, and a reflection of, changing social norms. From helpless, subservient Snow White to today’s strong, independent, girl power-oriented Moana. But have they done enough?
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Ever noticed how the Disney Princesses all look strangely alike? How their faces appear on everything from food to footwear? How their movies dominate the box office whenever they come out?
Zara dissects the unparalleled success, unrecognised weaknesses, and unrealised potential of the Disney Princess franchise.Zara Brownless, TEDx University of Edinburgh.
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Why is it so hard to find female superhero merchandise? In this passionate, sparkling talk, media studies scholar (and father of a Star Wars-obsessed daughter) Christopher Bell addresses the alarming lack of female superheroes in the toys and products marketed to kids — and what it means for how we teach them about the world. Christopher Bell TEDx.Watch
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When Colin Stokes’ 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of Star Wars, he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.Watch
Film is a highly influential cultural medium, and has major influence in the empowerment or disempowerment of women. Pop-culture entertainment, led by cultural giant Disney, not only reflects what audiences want to see, but it also sets standards of acceptable behaviour that are followed around the world. Jo Bradley for Film Inquiry.Read Article
Detailing Charu Uppal study on the effects of Disney princesses on girls. Has Disney done enough to diversify away from the traditional white and western princess image. by Susie Neilson for NPR
Which Disney heroines have been ‘Inducted’ into the official Disney Princess Brand and does it matter, particularly as Disney now seems to recognise that character and story are more important than royal bloodlines by Jon Negroni.Read Article
Princess Rap Battle. Elsa vs. Snow White
Funny rap battle between Snow White v Elsa ( warning strong language ).Watch
After Ever After – Disney Parody by Paint
What might have come after their Happy Ever After…..warning strong language.Watch
Disney Disorders – A Disney Princess Parody.
A light hearted parody about Disney Princesses and their possible disorders!Watch
The Disney Princess Tournament. Who Wins Podcast
Amusing podcast, two grown men discuss how each Princess might fair against each other in a throw down ! Warning strong language.Listen