The Problem With Disney Princesses
Start writing a post
Entertainment

The Problem With Disney Princesses

Why the Disney Princess franchise may not be as great as you think

1134
The Problem With Disney Princesses
Disney Princess

Disney Princesses have been advancing throughout time. From Snow White, to the newest princess Moana, Disney does its best not only to promote diversity, but a sense of empowerment within young girls.They prove females can strive beyond their physical features. Despite this empowerment and spark of feminism at a young age, I recently discovered it takes more than just being able to overcome adversity and reaching independence to become a Disney princess.There are requirements to become a Disney Princess

Primary Role in their movie

There are currently 11 "official" Disney Princesses including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida. Although many of them attained the role of Princess through marriage, they each had predominant roles in their movies, allowing them to become princesses. Tinker Bell was supposed to be a Disney princess however, her secondary role in Peter Pan prevented her from doing so. Weird huh?

They have to be human or human-like

This is actually a requirement! In order to be a Disney Princess they must be human or human-like such as Ariel. That is why Nala, lioness in "The Lion King" is not among the strong female forces of Disney Princesses

Resolved Romance by the end of the film

Ironically, despite their discovery to find freedom and become independent women, most end up marrying or finding love, which allows them to be qualified as Disney princesses. Even if these princesses have some sort of conflict with their male counterpart at first (Fa Mulan and Shang definitely had their fare share of arguments) they all tend to give up some of their feminist qualities to have dependence on a male in the end. Moana and Merida are among the few Disney princesses that do not have a love interest they marry in the end.

Disney has done much to provide diversity within the Disney princess community, but not much with equality. If you look at any pictures of the princesses they never look at each other. Apparently the reasoning behind it, is to keep them separate rather than unifying them as a franchise.

Disney also does little to appreciate and acknowledge Elena of Avalor, the Latin American Princess. Although she has her own television series, she has not been promoted and put along side the other princesses.


Even Anna and Elsa, who have taken the world by storm with "Frozen" are not techincally considered Disney Princesses based on the requirements

Hopefully in the years to come, Disney princesses can be stripped of requirements, and can be unified despite their diversity.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ready or not, here come the holidays, friends, and if you're as obsessed with the spirit of the season as I am, you are much more ready than not. Thanks to Hallmark Channel's Monopoly game making it possible to celebrate all year long, you can be ready now, too!

Keep Reading... Show less
Stephanie Tango

The pandemic has been in our world for more than half of 2020 and people are still acting stupid. If anything, they're getting stupider. They think that the virus is gone. It's not. Stop going to frat parties. Stop trying to go places without a mask. I wish things were normal, too. They're not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Kai Parlett

In the summer of 2017, 20 type 1 diabetics completed a 10-week 4,000+ mile bike ride from New York to California. They biked against the advice of doctors, family, and friends. Many were skeptical that people with diabetes could complete such a physically challenging trip without putting themselves in danger due to their disease.

Keep Reading... Show less

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.

7502

I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less

We all love a good ol' sappy Christmas movie and this year, the Hallmark Channel is finally giving us what we want: diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Seasonal Depression Is Real And It Deserves Our Attention

Check in on your friends throughout the winter season, it can be brutal.

913

As we transition seasons and enter the last few months of the year, some are feeling grand about this natural shift. But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression.

The lack of sunlight during the later seasons of the year, beginning with autumn, triggers a state of depression for about 15% of the population. This results in the lack of serotonin provided by the sun, causing it to be hard for some to do a lot of the things that would normally be deemed simple tasks to do during the earlier times in the year like getting out of bed, showering, going to work/school, etc. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

September Is Suicide Awareness Month, But Mental H​ealth Is An Everyday Discussion

Mental illnesses deserve our attention 365 days a year.

1776

September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present. Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments