Today on Care2 there was an article about how Disney Princesses teach girls “stereotypical” feminine behavior, and basically are bad and not feminist. There was also an article about how there is a diversity problem in Hollywood that causes Latina women to be stereotyped and marginalized.
Both of these articles made me think about two things. How huge of a Disney Princess fan I am, and how misunderstood they are. Even I misunderstand them myself sometimes. For example, I don’t understand why there has not been a Latina princess yet. Seriously, every other ethnicity has been covered…where is the Hispanic princess? I am not Latina myself, but my best friend is and it would be nice for there to be a princess that looks like her. I think the next Disney Princess should be a Latina. I am looking forward to seeing Moana, but am disappointed that yet again there is no Latina princess. They should do The Princess and the Pea with a Hispanic princess.
As for the Princesses teaching girls feminine behaviors. That may be true, but it is far from stereotypical. There is nothing wrong with fantasy-let us remember the princesses aren’t real people-nor is there anything wrong with wanting to fall in love and be pretty and wear pretty dresses. While girls should not be pushed into stereotypical behavior (same as boys) there is nothing wrong with wanting to play the fantasy of being a princess.
Look at all the good traits the princesses teach. From the bravery of Mulan, to the kindness of Snow White, to the independence of Tiana. Every princess teaches something valuable to girls and boys, traits everyone should strive for. I am proud to be Disney Princess fan and proud to use them to teach my daughter and son to be good people, period. There is nothing “stereotypical” about that.