Many parents feel that Disney’s Princesses such as Cinderella and Tinker Bell have become a bad influence upon their little girls. But on the other hand, I believe that this article shows that all of the young generation goes through a phrase of make belief. For example, girls playing princess, Ariel, dress up, and having tea parties; while boys play Power Rangers, Batman, Spenserian, and etc. These are all make believes play practices of children. The idea of being a princess is a dream in most young girl’s lives.
They are not looking at the physical shape but at the clothing, the crown, the Jewelry and the ailing that they have when they are all dressed up. The clothing that are being sold to children, was not originally designed for young children to play dress up, they were Halloween costumes. The best ways to offset the need to play make believe is to reinforce their own self-esteem. That is to let them know that they are strong and beautiful in their own special way. For example, my uncle has always called his daughter princess from the time she was born.
This is a name that has resonated within her and she believes that she is a princess, not because she looks like the doll n the store but because her daddy said she was a princess. She had her princess signs on her bedroom wall and her mom had purchased her a princess bedding set for her bed. To most people’s surprise, she does not like pink, and the bedding was soon removed as she got older. But when her father, or other family member calls her princess her face light up with a big smile. It is this type of affirmation that helps develop our self-worth.
It is said that girls should pass through this stage of wanting the perfect outlook hat is displayed by Disney’s media Princesses. Whereas Peggy Orenstein believes that girls should be more like boys more focus on real career choices, and grow up to be successful businesswomen rather than desiring to be life fairytale princesses. She believes little girls have been brain washed into wanting to be perfect little girls and not participate in average children activities, such as sports because they feel it’s unfeminine.
It seem that Orenstein feels her daughter does not consider herself a girl if she don’t follow the princess role. She also insinuates that the magic wand is another problem because all little girls want it and expect to have it. They take on an attitude of what I want Eve got to have it, as if waving the magic wand gives it to them. These girls are often spoiled and materialistic. This is their ideal of being a princess. There are several factors that contribute to the personalities and outlook of a young girl/lady including peer pressure, social media, culture, and their environment.
These younger generations of girls/ladies have learned that not only nouns ladies that have the world at their finger tip. This generation can become whatever their hearts desire as they increase their learning and social involvement. Parents should take it upon themselves to discuss with their children the visual display that is exposed by media such as Disney’s Princesses and today’s modern idols; because their child might be going through the discovering phase or like Orenstein daughter understands that, being a princess is a phase, but being a fireman is for real.