Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Disney Princesses

Well, it's been exactly two weeks since I last posted and ohhhhhmygosh life has been crazy! Crazy and good with visits to see family and friends as well as regular old end-of-year stuff, but busybusybusy and it's kept me away from blogging. 

One thing that brought me back here was this Merida controversy. You know ... Disney/Pixar tarted up the heroine Merida from Brave and people are up in arms. One of my favorite bloggers {The Bloggess} wrote about her perspective, and it closely mirrored my own reaction to the Disney Princesses, so I had to share. 

My reaction was that yes, yes yes yes I believe it's wrong to present a princess {with too much make up and measurements that are scientifically impossible} as the only image of femininity ... but that images from the media shouldn't be the only contact our girls {and boys} have with strong female role models. We {teachers, parents, friends and loved ones} can and should be examples that our kids can look up to, and it's our job to help them distinguish between fact and reality.

Fellow teachers ... what do you think?  

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you. It was so nice to see a princess with red hair who was independent; cut from a different mold. My 1st graders believe in the cookie cutter family with 2 parents, 2 kids, and a Golden Retriever, even though they don't have anything close to that at home. It's what they read and what they watch- we need to have a well thought out wealth of diversity in media.

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