Originally Posted by Brigianna
I have no problem with princess or superhero stories
. We love some of the original "princess" fairy tales, which were originally morality tales. The much-maligned Cinderella, for instance, is in the original story being rewarded for her good heart, in contrast to her vain, superficial stepfamily. But the Disnified Cinderella is part of the marketing scheme promoting vain, superficial behavior. Disney and Barbie and pop culture have corrupted these stories about honor and sacrifice and duty and morphed them into the snotty/bitchy/sexy/arrogant/snide/bossy/vain/materialistic/"girl-power" divas we all know and hate.
ETA: I think it's funny that so many object to the princesses' being passive. That's the least of my objections to them. I'm all for passivity.
But, vanity, selfishness, materialism, and shallow power-hungry greed, not so much.
Wait a minute--have you seen the Disney Cinderella recently? As fond as DD is of princesses, we haven't seen many of the movies, since she has little tolerance for suspense or villains...but Cinderella is the one that we have been able to watch, so I've seen it three or four times over the last 6 months or so. It's totally about being a hard worker and uncomplaining and kind to animals and keeping hope in your heart. And being grateful. And punctual.
She's not in any way portrayed as vain or any of the other things you mentioned. Now, there may very well be better messages for little girls, but please at least let's condemn it for something it's actually guilty of.
And it's been a long
time since I've seen the movie, but doesn't Belle in Beauty and the Beast have a lot of piss and vinegar, too? I remember being impressed that she was thoughtful and read a lot. LOL. I actually can't think of a single one of the Disney princesses who embodies "vanity, selfishness, materialism, and shallow power-hungry greed." Though certainly I appreciate that the marketing tie-ins stress appearance over the narrative content of the stories.