The Alarming Tiny Anatomy Of Disney's Princesses
On 29 January 2015
The way that Disney presents the absurdly small princesses and massive male heroes may change the way men and women see themselves.
Disney has often been criticized for promoting sexist stereotypes in its princess movies. Because the world evolved, now the parents want their children movies to be not just fun, but also wise and realistic. So if a movie is promoting something that parents find inadequate , they will stay away. That is the reason why the company has responded to the criticism, creating more recent princess movies (Frozen, Brave) around female characters who don't expect being saved by a hero.
This change is most welcomed, but we observed something disturbing in today’s animated children’s movies – the difference between male and female bodies.
We all know that usually, the average real male's bodies are bigger and more muscular's than women's, but the exaggerations in Disney's movies are extreme, they almost always promote the same image of big men and tiny women.
Look only at the differences in hand size. Here are the hands of romantic couples in: Frozen, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Gnomeo and Juliet, Hercules, Tangled and Brave.
Photo source: www.time.com/3667700/frozen-brave-disney-princesses-heroes-and-sexism/
The difference between men's and women's hands and arms are in these picture bigger than almost any you can find in real adults. The men hands are routinely three or four times larger than the women's. In real life men's are on average only about 15% larger in circumference than women's. Even more, Frozen's Anna is not only much smaller that Hans' hand, but actually her eyeball is wider than her wrist.
They way that Disney highlights the differences between women's and men's bodies is not healthy for our children. These differences may represent more than you could think of. Just think about that: Can men warmly nurture children and work as nurses? Can women successfully lead families and companies? The differences between mothers and fathers are good and help them building a family. But we have to see that men and women have physical, emotional and cognitive qualities in common as well.
When the beautiful and romantic stories we grow to love in childhood set a standard that exaggerates gender differences and makes them seem natural, creating stereotypes. It gives us a more limited, and less complex, vision of our human potential.
Related articles you might enjoy...
Disney movies are immortal. We watched them when we were children, and (let's face it!) we're still watching them. They're fun, entertaining, and touching, but they also teach us valuable life lessons.