Disney Princesses Franchise: Negative Gender Stereotypes

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When Walt Disney created his first full length animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he had no idea just how impactful his princesses would be. The Disney Princesses Franchise is one of the most successful and recognizable in the world however, these cartoons come with consequences. In what ways do the Disney princesses affect or young, impressionable girls? From negative gender stereotypes to lack of diversity, subliminally these Princesses can cause quite a few problems. One should be aware of just what exactly these young girls are being exposed to.

Today The Walt Disney Company is a world rebound Multibillionaire corporation but it has come a long way from its roots. Founded by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney, the “Walt Disney Studios” as we know it today was founded on October 16, 1923 and was originally dubbed the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. The brothers were successful with a slew of popular cartoon such as Alice's Wonderland (1923), Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (1928), and Steamboat Willie staring the most famous Mickey Mouse, previously named 'Mortimer Mouse', who would later star in several Disney Studios produced films and become the icon of the Walt Disney Brand. “Walt Disney has been, arguably, the most influential American of the twentieth
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Although no one in the group is plagued with the so called “Princess Syndrome” This topic was chosen because this group is composed to three young, African-American women who were all spoon fed Disney Princesses at a young age. This project was created with the curiosity as to how Disney is still affecting young girls be it positive or negative. A love for Disney but a lack of good representation in terms of race and characteristics inspired this

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