When I first read this, I was surprised. Then, disgruntled. Then, after the Shabby Princess commiserated with me on Twitter, I decided I was MAD.
No more princesses?!
Disney has announced that they are not making any more princess movies. Why? Not because they’ve made a reasoned decision that it’s unhealthy for girls to watch these movies and project them onto their lives. Because they say boys don’t want to watch them. Girls are willing to watch gender-neutral movies, or even boy-oriented movies, but boys don’t want to see movies with “princess” in the title. So, it’s all about the money.
I think this is just a travesty. Think about all the princesses we grew up with. They inspired your imagination. They made you think about something that you knew you couldn’t be (unless you went to England and met Prince William, at which point he would absolutely fall in love with you– oh, what? I’m off-topic? And it’s not happening anymore, thanks to the lovely Kate Middleton? And Ducks? Sorry.) but something that was magical and that inspired your imagination.
Some people may think the loss of princesses is a good thing, because they are anti-feminist symbols of women who are helpless and who need a man to save them. While that may be true for some of the princesses (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty in particular – but, come on, they were asleep!), there are just as many princesses who went out and did things on their own:
– Ariel – Took control of her own destiny to find love
– Mulan – Defended her family and homeland, taking the burden from her aging father
– Belle – Sacrificed to save her father’s life, then found love along the way
Sure, they may have had help or adorable talking animal or candlestick sidekicks along the way, but they did things.
I don’t know if there are actually girls in the world who look up to Cinderella as a role model, but I’d much rather have my children (when I have any) admiring a Disney princess than a girl like Hannah Montana. I sometimes worry about my youngest sister because her career aspirations at this point in time are “to be a famous singer and dancer.” When I was that age, I wanted to be a pediatrician. That’s not what I grew up to be, but I had a goal besides hoping I’d be “discovered” while walking down the street. I think that kind of mentality is far more dangerous to a young girl than hoping one day you might meet a handsome, kind, loving prince who wants to marry you. Isn’t it better to look up to cartoon girls who are loving, kind and virtuous than to look up to the other Disney “princesses”?
Demi Lovato – from Camp Rock to Cutting Rehab
Britney Spears – from Mickey Mouse Club
to miniskirts and Madonna makeout sessions
Lindsay Lohan – from Parent Trap to….well, I don’t even have the time or space to discuss everything that Lohan’s been into.
What do you think? How do you feel about the end of the princess era? Is it a good thing, a sad thing or an irrelevant thing?
PS I have borrowed the photos used in this post from several different sources, but I have included links back to those sources on each photo.