The Feminist Parents’ Guide to Disney Princesses

As a final paper for one of the classes I took in college, I wrote about Disney princesses and feminism. I ended up writing fifteen pages, but feeling like I could’ve written an entire book. Ever since, I have wanted to write that book. And what better way to finally organize all my thoughts on Disney than to break them up into blog posts?

So I’ve decided to post (at least) one analysis for each Disney princess. (Links are at the bottom of this page!)

Now, I know a lot has already been said about Disney & the example they set for young girls. But the reality of the situation is that if you are a parent in the United States during this day & age, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the princess-philia.

That’s why I’m not going to try to give you a black-and-white verdict on Disney princesses. Because chances are, you’re not going to convince your kids to stop demanding Frozen on the millionth movie night in a row.

Instead, I’m going to break down the princess movies for you, so you’ll be better equipped to open a dialog with your kids before, during, and after the movies. After all, it’s not our job as parents to pretend the world is perfect – it’s our job to prepare our children for the world so they can make it better.

I present to you:

Feminist Guide to Disney Princesses

Jasmine: Not a Prize to be Won: A Woman’s Agency in Agrabah

Elsa & Anna: Thaw a Frozen Heart: Beauty, Love, & Upended Expectations in “Frozen”

Belle: How to Teach Kids About Consent with “Beauty & the Beast,” Homosexuality in the Live-Action “Beauty & the Beast”