Shelby Tittle Taylor 2B 10/27/2013 The Problem with Princesses DPS, better known as Disney Princess Syndrome, is plaguing young women to believe they should focus on being beautiful and finding a man in order to be happy. Young girls strive to live up to Disney’s standard of beauty. All the Disney princesses have small waists, flawless skin, and wear only the best dresses. Going along with this trend, since Disney introduced the first princess in 1937 as Snow White, it has been known for portraying young women as weak and needy.
These main characters are ll the same, but that doesn’t mean our little girls have to imitate these characteristics. Disney princess stories negatively affect a young girl’s idea of what it means to be a woman. Disney princesses always depend on other people to solve their problems. Little girls who watch these movies think they don’t have to do anything for themselves. For example, Cinderella has a fairy godmother to help her go to the ball and meet the prince, the mice make her dress, and get the key from her stepmother to unlock Cinderella from the room upstairs.
Then, in Sleeping Beauty the prince comes to ave Aurora from her enchantment of sleep and the godfaries raise her in the woods. Also, in Snow White the dwarfs take her into their home and the prince kisses her to save her from the spell she is under. Some may say that these women did in fact need help. They argue that there is no way they could have gotten out of the situation without a little assistance. This is somewhat true, an example being that Snow White and Aurora couldn’t have been awaken from the spell without true love’s kiss.
However six year olds don’t have the cognitive development to understand this. A six year old girl would wish for a fairy godmother or a prince to sweep her off her feet, neither of which will happen. Another example of how DPS affects young girls occurs when the main characters of the movies are trapped and then saved by men. This teaches young girls the only way to escape their current situation is for a man to “save” them. For example, Jasmine is kept away from civilization, in the palace. Aladdin helps her defy her father’s wishes that she stay away from the town.
Also, in Beauty and the Beast, Belle is held captive in the Beast’s castle and only when the Beast lets her go can she care or her sick father. Even in movies with a strong female lead, like Tangled, Rapunzel is kept in the tower by who she believes is her mother. Not until Rapunzel captures Flynn Ryder for breaking in and bargins with him to help her leave the tower, is she able to escape this horrible situation. Young Girls are also led to believe that they cannot trust other women and are constantly in competition with them. Taught to compete to be the best and most beautiful woman of all.
Ariel has a lot of sisters but she isn’t friends with any of them ecause they all disagree on the idea of going to land. Cinderella is surrounded by women, her stepmother and stepsisters, who hate her for her beauty and winning over the prince. Snow White lives with seven dwarfs, all men, and the queen also hates her for her beauty. Pocahontas has a raccoon and a humming bird as friends and she isolates herself from the rest of the tribe. Ariel from The Little Mermaid has Sebastian the red Jamaican crab and Flounder the made up Disney fish are not human or female.
None of the Disney princesses have real, human, female friends. Piecing this together, young girls who watch Disney princess movies don’t have their brain developed enough to think “no, I am not required to have a man,” or “I can get myself out of a situation when I have to. ” If they are taught from the get-go to depend on others it will stick with them for the rest of their lives. Disney Princess Syndrome will take over and it will eventually become a lifestyle. Breaking a habit can be very difficult especially if the habit starts at a very young age. Girls need to grow up knowing what it means to be a real woman.