I have a friend who swears that if she has a daughter, she will limit the girl’s exposure to fairy tales starring princesses and damsels in distress. She firmly believes that stories such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty teach little girls to be submissive and weak, not be self-reliant and always be in wait for a prince charming.
I couldn’t help but be reminded of this friend when I saw this chart showing the evolution of Disney princesses over the years:
(via Miss Cellania)
There’s no question that Disney’s heroines have changed with the times. And while I believe classics such as Snow White will always remain classics, I can’t help but wonder how a story like that would be received if it were to be produced today.
I personally would allow Claire to be as pink and frilly as she desires. J and I are actually hoping that she grows up to be a tomboy, but I would not be opposed to her watching/reading these old stories. And if she ends up becoming a girly princess-type? I would not be upset or disappointed.
What do you think? If you have girls, would you be worried about their exposure to older Disney movies such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty?