Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Every little girl dreams of being a princess when she grows up. The music of the animated princess movies produced by Walt Disney Incorporated perpetuate traditional notions of masculinity and femininity. There are eight definitive princesses in the Disney series including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan. However, this paper will only address one princess from each of the three groups we have designated. We have chosen Snow White to represent the earliest chronological group of princesses including Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora. This first group of princesses conforms to very strict gender roles. Belle represents the second group (Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine) who conform to traditional gender norms but some progressive roles are presented. Mulan represents the third group (Pocahontas and Mulan) who initially contradict, but later conform to, traditional gender roles. Thus, although all of the princesses eventually conform to gender roles, these roles become more flexible as time progresses.