Has anyone noticed how sexed-up Disney has made its Princess line of toys? For those who don’t have little girls, the very popular Disney Princess theme toys have images of characters from their movies, namely, Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Beauty, and Ariel. For example you can buy a Disney Princess Tea set with pictures of the princesses on them.
I’m a big fan of some of those movies, particularly the older ones, but I am not pleased with subtle changes that have been made in the current renditions. The characters (with the possible exception of Snow White) are often posed a little provocatively, with come-hither eyes. Beauty and Cinderella now have a little cleavage, but had none showing in the original movies. Belle shows a lot of cleavage, and her dresses are more off the shoulder than in the original film. Jasmine and Ariel weren’t wearing too much to begin with. Now this is nothing like the appalling Bratz dolls, but I still find it all discouraging. Why can’t we let little girls be little girls a little longer? This stuff is very popular with the preschool crowd. What kind of message is this sending? Grow up to be a sexy princess and you’ll find a prince to take care of you? None of these characters go to college or get job-training. Of course, that would not be keeping with the original fairy tales. Fine. But neither is sticking your bosoms out.