Peggy Orenstein’s faces the conflicts of Disney Princesses, such as Snow White, and their affect on young girls. As a mother of a young daughter, Orenstein stresses how hard it is to degrade Disney princesses, one of the largest franchises in the world, when they are held in such high regard for so many young girls.
Interestingly enough, Orenstein (2006) has found that school-age girls feel the need to be perfect (p.36). She states that to be perfect several girls feel they must, “… not only to get straight A’s and be the student-body president, editor of the newspaper and captain of the swim team but also to be ‘kind and caring,’ ‘please everyone, be very thin and dress right.’ Give those girls a pumpkin and a glass slipper and they’d be in business (p.36). Orenstein, just like many mothers, continuously tries to state her opinions on princesses onto her young daughter, who doesn’t seem to understand the complexity of the issues.
Overall Orenstein realizes that her daughter is like any little girl and loves princesses, and she struggles to find a way to help her daughter understand that she should want to be so much more than a Disney Princess.
By Julia Powers