Which Disney Princess Are You?

While procrastinating and avoiding school work, I saw this Ad on the side of my Facebook, and it immediately led me to think back to ladycakes5′s post on “Disney Princesses: Ideal Types”. This Ad encourages people to take a quiz that will help decide which Disney Princess you are, or most identify with. Although I have not taken the quiz myself, I can assume that many of the questions ask you to put yourself in some type of scenario, that will essentially require you to be saved, and in the end find your “prince charming”.

As a result of these quizzes, women, or young girls, are put in a position where they feel as if they have to compare themselves to princesses, or the idea of what it means to be a princess. Princesses (especially majority of Disney’s) are submissive women, who depend on men to save them, and them escape their problems. It has almost become a necessity in our society for women to possess these princess like qualities in order to be considered feminine. We begin early by infiltrating young girls’ lifestyles, with princess merchandise such as movies, dress up clothes, backpacks etc. Young girls are then overcome with this images, and are consequently left to identify and want to be a “princess”.

Why is our society obsessed with princesses?

How do these images of princesses perpetuate the already established stereotypes of women?

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3 thoughts on “Which Disney Princess Are You?

  1. As a young girl, I know that I had the princess or princesses that I most identified with, though it was probably on a superficial level- like which princess did I look the most like. The princess complex- especially the Disney princess complex has become very problematic for young girls, who grow up thinking that they are entitled to whatever they want, because after all, they are a princess as well as the fact that they become dependent on the idea that a man will one day save them. I would like to see a Disney princess movie in which the princess really is an independent woman, with real woman-like proportions and maybe not even a princess at all.
    I think that our society is obsessed with princesses because they represent the ideal feminine- they perpetuate our idea of what women should look and act like and if women fall short of this “ideal type” then their self image is diminished. I’m really curious to see what young boys get out of watching princess movies. Do they buy into the “prince” discourse, or do they simply pay attention to the discourses surrounding the princesses?
    Btw- thanks for the shout out in the post!

  2. This post reminded me of the group project on the sexual objectification of females in society from class yesterday. The video they showed us about how young girls are socialized to become what society considers as the norm or “beautiful” speaks to reality. The last slide which stated “Talk to your daughter before the culture industry does” really emphasized the power of the culture industry and capitalism. Because Disney movies emphasize the importance of obtaining the “ideal” princess characteristics, young girls are put in a position where they feel like they need to compare themselves with these unrealistic group of females. Even worse we saw the negative consequences in the video when its to late and the culture industry brainwashes a girl and controls and determines a young girls future.

  3. People are obsessed with princesses in our society as princesses are glamorized as some of the most beautiful women in society. They also have the life that we are told is perfect, where they can have anything they want which goes with our consumer culture. They portray women as helpless women who needs a man to be their knight in shinning armor and are helpless with out him. The idea of princess is integrated into little girls mind as it makes them think that they are suppose to care about their beauty and are made to believe that the more things you own the better your life is.

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