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Princesses and Young Girls


Princesses and Young Girls Most young girls have a very powerful role model in their life. She is beautiful, charming and animated. Her name is Cinderella. Or Jasmine, Ariel, Snow White, Tiana and Belle. Girls adore their princess pals - they dress up like them, sing their songs and their parents buy up merchandise sporting their likeness. But could these cartoon idols be doing harm? Some say the 'princess' image tells girls they should prize looks over smarts and that getting married is the most important thing she'll do in her life. Parents are concerned that their daughters are becoming sexualized at a very young age. We'll explore the Disney princess and find out how she influences girls' views of themselves as they find their own personality. "The Cinderella Complex," when Charlotte Talks. Guests Kelly Finley - Lecturer, Women's & Gender Studies Program at UNC Charlotte. Michelle Icard - Creator of the Parenting Website MichelleintheMiddle.com and the Social Education Programs Athena's Path (for girls) & Hero's Pursuit (for boys). Mary Finucane - Psychotherapist, writer and mother. Her blog Disney Princess Recovery, "logs the experiences of one parent and my quest to reclaim my daughter's imagination after it was hijacked by Disney Princesses." One person's take on what Disney Princesses teach young girls. What do you think? Add and read comments