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Published: Monday, April 28 2014 1:50 p.m. MDT

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Tennor
Orem, UT

"“To the young children watching these movies, Disney is sending the message that if you’re ever in a bad situation, just wait for your prince to come along and whisk you away,” Beach wrote."

What Disney movie made in the last 20 years has this message?

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

@Tennor - "What Disney movie made in the last 20 years has this message?" None that this researcher has actually watched. So often these "experts" have done no actual evaluation on the subject, but speak from memory or base their comments simply on what they've heard or briefly seen. It's easy for these people to target Disney, but when you really analyze the subject matter upon which their statements/findings/assessments are made, they don't really hold up. This kind of rhetoric may have held up in the 70's, but not today. If anything, Disney's done more to degrade men in these shows over the last 3 decades, often turning them into bumbling fools who are dependent on the princess to save them...

TallGuy1970
Syracuse, UT

Seriously? It's called entertainment people!

Any children who can't tell the difference between animated entertainment and reality, or children whose parents haven't taught them the difference between animated entertainment and reality, are going to have much more serious problems than believing they are princesses.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

It seems like most of the Disney movies of late have had very strong female characters. Of course, I never patterned my life after any Disney character, nor do most young ladies I suppose. I patterned my life after real life people, mostly my parents, teachers, coaches. But that's just me...

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

Lets see about those "evil" Disney Princesses and some of the characteristics they portray:

1. Kind to animals
2. Kind to other people
3. Cope when kicked out or leave the Princess life
4. Fend for themselves in the face of adversity
5. Love their familes, including fathers and mothers.
6. Sing throughout the day
7. They marry men that will fight off dragons to save them.

I would like to understand why those are bad traits.

Shushannah
Kendal, Cumbria

The fairy tales were around long before the Disney films that portrayed them... and the tales never spoiled anyone... in fact, they were invented to encourage children to develop good character traits (Rose Red and Snow White, eg) and keep them safe (Little Red Riding Hood)... lighten up, DN, they're stories!

rebeccadl
Fort Collins, CO

I agree that Disney movies have come a long way to show the newer Princesses as woman who have their own mind, can fend for themselves and many times save the Prince.

The only movie that I have a problem with is the Princess and the Frog. Everyone seemed to give this movie a thumbs up for having the first black princess. I had high hopes for the movie but when I saw the Princess was turned into a frog I was amazed. What other Princess movie has the Princess turned into anything? A frog? I was offended and I hope others were too.

Maybe I am too touchy because my family has had a rainbow ethnicity since the early 60's. I hope others will speak up and future movies will change.
#DisneyPrincess #PrincessAndTheFrog

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

TallGuy1970,

Any adult who can't tell that most children have a more blurred sense of reality, imagination and storytelling than adults do... may run into serious problems with knowing how to protect children from the impact media has on them.

When I was in London, there was a sign at King's Cross station that warned parents not to let their children run into the wall where 'platform 9 3/4" is because children were getting hurt doing it.

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