Defending the Disney Princess: Why Even the Problematic Princess Movies Have Positive Messages

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Disney Princesses get a bad rap, but the truth is, they are uniquely suited to inspire young children - no matter the child's gender. Critics may claim that princesses lack depth and wait passively for a man to sweep them off their feet, but that plot line simply isn't present in Disney's modern films. Instead, these girls and women chase their dreams, show kindness universally, and even challenge the patriarchy.

These girls and women chase their dreams, show kindness universally, and even challenge the patriarchy.

Disney has come a long way since the release of its original princess film, Snow White, in 1937. The star of Moana (2016) saves the Polynesian Islands from complete destruction by being the only one who recognizes that the assumed villain is really the creator goddess transformed by emotional pain. To help restore the goddess to her former, loving self, Moana opens her arms to it with love and healing.
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