Category Archives: princesses

The Evolution of Princess Stories

Lectures from “Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of Princess Stories” Princess stories have been popular for centuries and remain so today around the world; we’ll dive into what these fairy tales mean, and trace the history of these narratives back … Continue reading

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Keeping Merida “brave”

What’s wrong with Disney princesses? A small victory for Merida doesn’t change the company’s dysfunctional branding BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS,, May 15, 2013 If there’s one thing you can count on Disney for, it’s creating strong leading female characters … Continue reading

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The Damsel in Distress trope, alive and well

Tropes vs Women in Video Games by Anita Sarkeesian,, March 7, 2013 As a trope, the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own … Continue reading

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All girls love princesses, just ask Pippa

Pippa Middleton Meets Outspoken Little Girl Who ‘Hates Princesses’ Huffington Post, 10/26/2012 An outspoken little girl has put Pippa Middleton in her place, reminding the British socialite that not every 10-year-old girl likes pink and princesses. According to Gawker, Middleton was hanging out … Continue reading

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Disney love: exceptional, powerful, transformative, magical… hetero

Disney elevates heterosexuality to powerful, magical heights: G-rated films are teaching children about the wonder of love, but only heterosexual love A new analysis of top grossing G-rated children’s films from 1990-2005 determined that heterosexuality is not only the norm in … Continue reading

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In which time periods did the Disney princesses “live”?

Reinterpreting Disney Princess Costumes Through a Historical Lens by Caroline Stanley,, July 18, 2011 If you grew up watching Disney movies, then you can probably picture the evening gown that Cinderella wore to Prince Charming’s ball or what Jasmine was … Continue reading

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The End of the Princess Movie?

“Rapunzel” Goes Gender-Neutral by Sadie Stein,, March 9, 2010 Since Disney believes the title “Frog Princess” alienated boys, “Rapunzel” is now “Tangled.” Happily ever after? Says the producer, “In our film, the infamous bandit Flynn Rider meets his match in … Continue reading

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The changing meaning of weddings

Interview with Rebecca Mead, author of “One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding” by Hannah Wallace,, May 21, 2007 Rebecca Mead’s obsession with the marketing of weddings began three years ago, when she wrote a story for the … Continue reading

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How Princess Diana changed her culture

Why Diana Mattered Rebel Heart: From shy bride to passionate campaigner, Diana, Princess of Wales didn’t just transform herself—she changed her country by Catherine Mayer, Time Magazine, August 16, 2007 The British have always been good at silence — at family … Continue reading

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Royal Weddings, Realities and Fantasy

The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone by Kathy E. Shrout, April 25, 2011, rd Magazine   Tiaras. All the best brides are wearing them. It’s a fairy-tale opener with a contemporary coda: Once upon a time, Prince William, the … Continue reading

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