Many parents are absolutely against this phase and are seriously working to protect their daughters from the world they perceive as a pink land, with fragile role models, unrealistic romantic relationships and female stereotypes. Others are holding the completely opposite stance. They think that this is a good chance for their children to learn lessons about life and expand their imagination.
These tales of kingdoms from far away are not one sided and aren’t inherently just good, or just evil. You should try to grasp all the aspects of this princess’ phase before you decide if it’s the right thing for your own daughter.
- When children play with dolls and they are dressing them up, it can stimulate their imagination and promote their creativity.
- The women involved in this kind of play are role models which are non-violent.
- The stories promote and teach about true love.
- The focus of the stories is placed on the importance of being well behaved, having a good attitude and treating people kindly.
- Allowing your daughter to play in this world of princesses can teach her that the so called “Girl things” are not inherently inferior or bad.
- The characters involved in the stories, the different ways of life can expand the world view they develop from a very young age.
- Not all princesses are simply waiting for the prince to rescue them. Some are very pro-active, free spirited, determined and brave.
- Playing in the magical land of far away princesses is a doorway to consumerism and wakes the desire for wanting more unnecessary items and accessories associated with the theme, along with outfits and other stuff.
- Some of the stories and their interpretations are actually enforcing gender stereotypes and in effect portray women as dependent and weak.
- Considering the fact that there is a focus placed on the outfit and reaching perfection, this phase could lead to developing unrealistic body image.
- Finally, these princess stories could promote a false sense of confidence that in the end, everything will work itself out, no matter what has happened.
- Anything that children play with and also idolize when younger can have a serious impact later on their lives.
- A report from a study conducted by Brigham Young University states that children exposed to the Disney princes’s culture are more likely to develop limiting stereotypes.
- Both girls and boys as well who have been largely exposed to Disney culture have developed more visible gender stereotypical behavior. Additionally, girls could have unrealistic expectations and avoid certain life opportunities due to the fact that they aren’t appropriate or not feminine enough.
- According to the study, the girls who identify strongly with the female stereotypes have lower self-confidence about doing certain things and achieving certain goals, they don’t like to get dirty and aren’t brave to try new things.