Bartyzel’s writings examine the portrayal of women in media as evidenced by the overarching title of “Girls on Film”. Bartyzel believes that there is often an issue with the way women are portrayed and that it has a detrimental effect on young women. There has been a lot of discussion around Disney in particular and the culture created by it’s princesses. Many, like Bartyzel, argue that Disney princesses are only showing girls one very narrow view of femininity and it’s an archaic one. As previously stated, Bartyzel wrote this article in response to Merida’s Disney coronation, which sparked a lot of controversy.
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While later movies began to show women of color and branched out as far as showing Mulan as both princess and warrior, the Disney Princess line of the 1990’s turned a diverse cast of princesses into female stereotypes that Disney had seemingly moved out of (Bartyzel).
The author of “What’s Wrong with Cinderella?” Peggy Orenstein points out that princesses were becoming less about magic and fairy tales and more about putting constraints on what it means to be feminine. Merida was meant to be the girl who didn’t want to be a princess and the intent of its creator was to provide a princess that was strong and more relatable. However, Disney chose to go against the original intentions of Merida’s creator