Disney is pushing a not-so new campaign, although it gets more TV time now than before- ďI am a PrincessĒ. The voiceover on the PSA says this:
ďI am a princess. I am brave sometimes, I am scared sometime. Sometimes I am brave even when Iím scared. I believe in loyalty and trust. I believe loyalty is built on trust. I try to be kind. I try to be generous. I am kind even when others are not so generous. I am a princess. I think standing up for myself is important. I think standing up for others is more important but standing with others is most important. I am a princess. I believe compassion makes me strong. I believe kindness is power. And family is the tightest bond of all. I have heard I am beautiful. I know I am strong. (At this point, thereís a video clip of Rapunzel from Tangled, saying ďI promise and when I promise something, I never ever break that promise.Ē) I am a princess, long may I reign."
Needless to say, there is all manner of debate about this!
Iím not going into that (much) here. But I will say this- I like it. I like that it paints a better, broader perspective of what a princess is and can be. And I know that my daughter will never be an actual princess (which, strangely, is where a lot of the conflict lies- Disney is promoting this as if itís actually possible, which can mean a huge letdown for little girls when they realize they canít! Seriously? Give me a break.), and Iím pretty sure that she understands this too- no that she has the desire to be. Nevertheless, I like that it paints princesses out to be strong, compassionate people with serious work to do as they love other people through their actions.
Perhaps when girls watch these movies- and boys, too- theyíll see a different side to the characters being presented. Maybe theyíll see that Giselle (Enchanted) isnít just pretty, sheís brave enough to take on Narissa the dragon. OR that Tiana, in spite of meeting and marrying a prince, still opens that restaurant that she runs herself- and looks good doing it.
I want my daughter to embrace her beauty and her feminism and those traits mentioned above. I donít think that one should have to choose between being beautiful and smart, or compassionate and brave. If she can be anything, why canít she be all of those things? I mean, anything, by definition, has to include something that is all of those things combined, right?
I donít mean to debate here- just to give Disney a nod and a thank you. Iíd like to say that itís not as serious as some are making it out to be- of course theyíre trying to promote a franchise, itís what they do- but that doesnít mean there canít be some good found in it. I choose to see the good.
What do you think? Are they trying to brainwash our girls, or is there good in this? Talk to me on the forum!