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Topics: Disney Princess, Emotion, Emotional intelligence Pages: 2 (405 words) Published: April 14, 2014
The purpose of Stephanie Hanes’s “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect” is to bring awareness to the problem of increasing sexualization of little girls. While this trend is widely noted in the media and consumer market, it is a growing concern for parents and early childhood specialists, as it is taking a toll on the girls’ mental and emotional development. It starts when girls are young and goes unnoticed, but this trajectory eventually becomes evident. Stephanie Hanes is a freelance journalist who has written many U.S. publications. This article first appeared in the Christian Science Monitor where parents of little girls are her intended audience. Hanes not only presented to them the problem but also solutions to this ongoing predisposition. Hanes succeeds at proving her argument through providing anecdotes that appeal to her audience emotionally, logically, and ethically. By providing anecdotes in her article, Hanes appeals to mothers on a personal and emotional level. She first grabs her readers’ attention by opening with a testimony from a mother, Mary Finucane, who was battling the same problem with her daughter. It seemed that after being exposed to the Disney Princess, her daughter exemplified new, less imaginative behavior. While her peers viewed the behavior as normal, Finucane became alarmed. Another supporting illustration of Hanes connecting to her audience is when she included the memorable moments a daughter, Maya Brown, shared with her mother, Professor Brown. Maya vividly remembers her mother distinguishing between good or poor representations of women on television when she was growing up. Her mother also would empower the female characters in storybooks to ensure that her daughter would not fall victim to feeling second-rate to males. By adding these realistic situations to the article, it makes it easier for Hanes’s audience to relate. It also provided a sense of hope seeing that both situations resulted in a...
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