Yesterday’s LATimes has a piece on Disney giving up making fairy tale movies. Here’s a taste of it; click the link to read the whole piece. (Yes, this is the same one I e-mailed to the class; just making sure you see it!) What do you think is behind Disney’s decision? Are fairy tales really “playing it safe?” Do the Disney powers that be really care about female stereotyping, or are princesses just not good money any more? (And what about that upcoming royal wedding, speaking of princesses…?)
why has the clock struck midnight for Disney’s fairy tales?
Among girls, princesses and the romanticized ideal they represent — revolving around finding the man of your dreams — have a limited shelf life. With the advent of “tween” TV, the tiara-wearing ideal of femininity has been supplanted by new adolescent role models such as the Disney Channel’s Selena Gomez and Nickelodeon‘s Miranda Cosgrove.
“By the time they’re 5 or 6, they’re not interested in being princesses,” said Dafna Lemish, chairwoman of the radio and TV department at Southern Illinois University and an expert in the role of media in children’s lives. “They’re interested in being hot, in being cool. Clearly, they see this is what society values.”