Analysis Of Disney's Not So Happily Ever After Parents

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Disney’s Not So Happily Ever After Parents
Disney Princesses and Happily Ever After no longer just an imaginative story line embracing the tales of time, but now seen by aloof as a rather cruel tool used to plague the minds of our youth with unrealistic ideals, expectations, and body image. Stephanie Haynes, a freelance journalist, critiques in great detail her ideas of the growing trend of sexualization of young girls. This is captured in her essay titled “Little Girls or Little Women? the Disney princes effect”. In this essay Haynes talks about Mary Finucane's personal experiences as a mother to a three-year-old daughter with an unhealthy mindset of imagery. This claim is made very clear quite immediately as Mary explains her daughter's
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And overall Haynes does a fairly good job in covering all sides of the spectrum to showcase other plausible platforms for the phenomenon, and even discusses the positives seen in today's youth. For example, “Washington based center on education policy, high school girls perform as well as boys on math and science test and do better than their male peers in reading. Three women now graduate from college for every two men. Far more women play sports, which is linked to better body image, lower teen pregnancy rate, and higher scholastic performance!” (Lunsford page …show more content…
I feel the article could've added more to the response portion of the disagreement on Disney being the prime culprit if you want to produce a thorough well researched essay giving claim to your accusations. After all the best argument for any case is the most through, not the least informative. I personally would've liked to see the the author cover the Disney effect and rebuttal a bit more as to have a clear strong case both sides should be thoroughly expressed in detail. Furthermore the craziest thing that seemed to be missing from the entire essay was parental involvement on the phenomenon. What are the parents doing or not doing to send a stronger message through to their daughters explaining that self worth doesn't come from dressing clad, stuffing your bra, and wearing 6lbs of makeup?

All in all I thought this was a great essay by Haynes, that attacked the tough topics of unrealistic ideals, expectations, and poor body image. However, I'm far from convinced Disney is the one holding the smoking gun. As a mother of a teenage Disney loving daughter, and growing up Disney myself I know that what shaped our views was not a 90 minute cartoon based on a time before my own when things were

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