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Disney’s sorority of princess characters has spawned a backlash, as parents and academics question the long-term effects on the target audience:

“It just encourages parents who put their kids on a pedestal - and who encourage their kids a lot and rarely criticize,” says Jean Twenge, an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State who’s done research on the way parenting affects children. “You could label that kind of parenting ‘princess parenting.’”…

Among other things, she and co-author W. Keith Campbell found the rate that college-age women were developing narcissistic traits was four times that of men, when analyzing surveys taken from 2002 through 2007. It should be noted that, overall, men of that age group still are more likely to exhibit narcissistic traits, including the belief that “If I ruled the world, it would be a much better place.”

“But women are catching up, fast,” Twenge says. And she thinks the princess syndrome is a factor, given that this generation of young women was young when some of the newer and most popular Disney princess films were released.

I thought it was pretty obvious that a lifelong princess mentality had gotten ingrained when Disney Bridal came out. Although with a choice between animated princess and soft-core porn starlet, maybe the staying-single option is most appealing of all…

As far as an overload of tykes in tiaras, I don’t see how that fantasy roleplay is any more insidious than other childhood fare. The ditzy types who cling to it past elementary school have deeper issues anyway, and would have glommed onto any other motif to fill the void; a princess fixation only makes it that much more obvious.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/24/2009 01:59:20 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Pop Culture, Society, Women
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