While reading the article by  Lori Baker-Sperry and Liz Grauerholz on “The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children’s Fairy Tales,” I was intrigued by what findings they discovered.  By studying various fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers, they found that the messages contained in these tales emphasized the importance of feminine beauty.  Of the tales that contain younger women, 57 percent described them as “pretty,” “beautiful,” or “the fairest” (Baker-Sperry, 9).  The authors also concluded that  Disney films often involve women who differ from their earlier counterparts in ingenuity, activity, and independence but not physical attractiveness (Baker-Sperry, 13).  I decided to look more closely into how body image and feminine beauty is promoted in the Disney Classics that we are familiar with.  Below is a direct link to a critique on how Disney portrays body image among the Disney princesses.

http://therhetoricofdisney.weebly.com/body-image.html

 

 

Resources:

Baker-Sperry, Lori, and Liz Grauerholz. “The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children’s Fairy Tales.” Gender & Society 17.5 (2003): 711-26.

 

 

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