The dilemma of Disney girls and their effect on young girls have been alarming recently. Disney princesses can actually damage young girls’ body esteem, research suggests.
Without doubt, with recently dilemma on what the child should watch or not watch has been very conflicting as to the fact that nothing appears certified enough for the young child. There’s been a lot of scrutiny on animation and cartoon station on the content of what’s been shown and how it could damage the child.
The irony of this is that, most of the stations and animation characters appear to be of no threat to the young child but research done recently is of a different opinion.
Fictional characters beloved by generations of cinema goers actually promote negative female stereotypes by indoctrinating little girls at an early age, the study claims.
Elsa in Frozen has an unrealistically thin waist like many Disney princesses over the years, including her sister Anna, Jasmine from Aladdin, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Snow White.
Although, a lot of parents find such characters as wonderful, exposing their children to such threat which of course looks very pleasant at first but the damage down the end of the tunnel is of no shining light.
While many parents dismiss the films and merchandise as harmless, scientists said such things reinforce unhelpful stereotypes. Those who were most obsessed with a Disney princess – wanting to dress and be like them – were more likely to have poor body esteem. Study author Sarah Coyne said it made girls want to be thin, and want to avoid the sciences or jobs that are less associated with women.
She said: ‘Disney princesses represent some of the first examples of exposure to the thin ideal.
‘As women, we get it our whole lives, and it really does start at the Disney princess level, at age three and four.
‘I think parents think the Disney princess culture is safe. That’s the word I hear time and time again – it is “safe”. But if we are fully jumping in here and really embracing it, parents should really consider the long term impact of the princess culture.’
She said: ‘We know girls who strongly adhere to female gender stereotypes feel like they can’t do some things.
‘They are not as confident that they can do well in maths and science.
‘They don’t like getting dirty, so they are less likely to try and experiment with things.’
Dr Coyne said children don’t have to completely disengage with princess culture and merchandising as it is everywhere. She added: ‘I would say have moderation in all things. Have your kids involved in all sorts of activities, and just have princesses be one of many, many things that they like to do and engage with.
‘It is frustrating when the dentist sees my daughter and says, “Look at the little princess!” because she’s so much more than that.