Monday, March 25, 2013

Brave and peggy ornestein cinderella ate my daughter

First of all if you couldn't tell during class Brave is my favorite Disney Princess movie.  I have read Cinderella Ate my daughter. Ornstein mentions how when her daughter was little before the influence of children around her, her daughter loved thomas and played with the toys of her choosing. Ornstein never taught her daughter about the story of snow white. Ornestein says

"I had never told Daisy the story of Snow White. I had purposely kept it from her because even setting aside the obvious sexism Snow herself is such and incredible pill. Her sole virtue which as far as I can tell is tidiness----she is forever scrubbing dusting nagging the dwarfs to wash their filthy mitts(okay the girl has a ear for a catchy melody, I'll give you that. But thats where it ends.)"  
I can agree in some instances but in others I can disagree. Snow White was the first ever disney movie that was put out there. Snow White defiantly fits that time period.  She cleans all the time and is somewhat of a house wife/maid.   I think the influence of people around you affect the decisions or choices you make.  Im not saying that they do this all the time. But for instance take children's programs. What do they show during the programs? They show commercials for toys and junk food and other things that appease the children's eyes.

I think Ornstein would commend the movie Brave because I think Brave in powers girls to live their dreams.  In the movie Brave the main character Merida wants to be able to be free. She doesn't want to get married and do what a "normal" princess is supposed to do. She wants to be able to live her life free to do what she so choses to do. Merida I think is defiantly a feminist. She doesn't like to do what she's supposed to do. She likes to breath the fresh air and partake in nature.

I think that Brave is one of the better Disney princess films out there. But at the same time I think that Disney can still expand more. One thing that has bothered me about Disney Princess films is that they have not had a Disney princess in a wheelchair or a Disney princess that is developmentally disabled.  I think that Disney should advance more and chose different characters. Characters that are more diverse in every aspect.


  1. what you said above about snow white being made a long time ago is true, so it does kind of fit that time zone for a girl to be a house wife and always cleaning. i think she just related it cinderella because she is still a popular kids movie for little girls even thought some parents dont really pay attention to the messages like we do.

  2. Hi
    I liked your post here. I do agree with you that people around us influence us in our decisions and choices we make in life. That's why I think Daisy learned snow white and Cinderella characters among her fellow girlfriends. I do believe that the movie brave has a deep meaning to its plot. It does show that girls can be their own person, whether or not others may disagree.

  3. I agree that Disney characters need to be more diverse. There are a lot of things they could do in that respect; the question is, *will* they? Brave is definitely a step in the right direction as far as representation is concerned. Merida is a well-written, flawed, *human* character. I hope there are more like her in the future. Great job on your post!

  4. yea i agree they need to be a little diverse, but then as i think about it when i was younger i wasnt really worried about there skin color