There was a great piece in Salon about the recent dust-up over Disney’s princess-ized version of Merida from Brave. Someone recently asked me why I’m anti-princess for my daughter, and I had trouble putting it into words at that moment. (If she comes to it on her own, that’s one thing, but I will in no way be encouraging it.) I think this says it very well:
” … When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”
-Oscar-winning co-writer and co-director of Brave, Brenda Chapman
Disney has given us a lot of really wonderful entertainment and memories over the years. The whole “princess” phenomenon is not among them.