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Old 01-31-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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Exclamation Petition: 'Make Plus-Size Princesses In Disney Movies!'

Teen Starts Petition: 'Make Plus-Size Princesses In Disney Movies!' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_4695664.html


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One of the Internet's favorite conversations is about Disney princesses and their unrealistic depictions of young girls. Their waists are tiny, their hair is silky smooth and in Disney's latest hit, "Frozen," Anna's eyeballs are actually larger than her wrists. So what message does this send teens? That, perhaps, in order to seem appealing, worthy or princess-like, you must look a certain way.

Jewel Moore, a junior in high school from Farmville, Va., has decided to turn this talk into action. She's started a petition asking Disney to create a plus-size princess in an upcoming movie.



Moore writes, in part:

I made this petition because I'm a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media.
Studies show that a child's confidence correlates greatly with how much representation they have in the media. It's extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media. If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard.

Research supports Moore's concern for her plus-sized peers. A recent study found that two-thirds of 13-year-old girls fear weight gain and, according to data cited by the National Eating Disorders Association, more than half of teenage girls engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors, like skipping meals.

As of Wednesday morning, Moore's petition had 215 signatures, and supporters echoed her message. "I, as a plus sized individual, feel as though a plus sized role model (Disney princess) would have made [me] into a more confident person in my own skin. This is for the little girls who still have a chance for that," one signer wrote.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:37 AM   #2
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Honestly, this is stupid (and this is coming from a teen who is apparently 'plus-sized' because I'm a size 12).

Princesses are fictional. They do NOT have to follow societal norms because they're not real! So of COURSE they're going to be idealized. Barbie is never going to be plus-sized either, and there's a reason behind that. Idealized sells.

If you want to show your girls a 'real woman role model', tell stories about the strong and powerful women in your family or in history, regardless of their size. Or, you can show girls ACTUAL princesses (at least one in this list appears bigger than average: http://www.theveryfairyprincess.com/princesses.html).

I'd much rather go through an old photo album and show my daughter pictures of her plus-sized grandmother or aunt and share stories of their personal courage and triumph instead of relying on an enormous entertainment conglomerate to do it for me.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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Interesting.. I guess the themed restaurant to go along with the princess would have to be a buffet..
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:45 AM   #4
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I started writing a long post about "what is the definition of plus-sized" and "are we teaching children that being overweight is ok", etc, etc, but I realized it's not worth the debate.

I think the main point here, as the PP said, is that idealized princesses are what sell. They look better on screen, they make better dolls, it just makes sense.
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:30 AM   #5
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I agree that plus sized princesses wouldn't likely sell but who knows? I suppose that there's no harm in asking.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:06 PM   #7
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I understand where the person is coming from but I highly doubt this is going to happen. Disney princesses are made up except for Pocahontas I guess but that's for another time. It's going to get heat from both sides. Some will say that would promote unhealthy eating and what not and then others would say this is needed so show that everyone is beautiful in their own way. I agree with PP who say your not going to see a plus sized Barbie either.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:28 PM   #8
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Maybe it's just me, but I've never looked at Disney princesses, or any cartoon, as anything but that, a cartoon. Not an idealized version of a human, but rather a caricature. Whenever I see how they've created a character, I look at its features and proportions and how they are used to show the story and emotions. I mean, in many of those same movies we see all manner of crazy illogical occurrences or talking beings....why would we see the people characters as anything other than make believe?
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Maybe it's just me, but I've never looked at Disney princesses, or any cartoon, as anything but that, a cartoon. Not an idealized version of a human, but rather a caricature. Whenever I see how they've created a character, I look at its features and proportions and how they are used to show the story and emotions. I mean, in many of those same movies we see all manner of crazy illogical occurrences or talking beings....why would we see the people characters as anything other than make believe?

This sums up my feelings. Focus on the story and the way the characters are developed. I will say nothing more of my opinions here as this is a volatile topic for a lot of people. If the story is good, it should not matter whether the characters are fat, skinny, black, white, straight, gay or otherwise. Good story telling is good story telling.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:53 PM   #11
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I think the whole thing is silly and while they are not princesses there are all ready several good disney plus size characters. Flora and Merryweather are on Sofia more than any princess. And what about the fairy godmother? Heck when I was a child I loved clunky in robin hood and you know she is a fat chick. Several of the muses are of the round side but that's ok because short round mama Odie will tell you it don't matter what ya look like. These are just a few examples. If you don't want to focus so much on gender there are also a bunch of great plus size male characters.
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Ummmm.........NO! This is exactly what is wrong today. Would I care if they did? No, not really. It has gotten out of hand. Have you seen what Barbie would look like if she were real? No, because she's NOT! It's a doll.

Seriously. Why is it Disney's responsibility to teach your children that people are different and special because they are who they are. It's entertainment people. I know this is going to come as a shock to some, but the princess aren't real.. They are characters.

Teach your daughters to be whatever makes them happy. The only reason any child even realizes what "size" the princesses are is when an adult tells them. If you don't like the message that is being sent, don't buy the products, go to the movies, etc..... Certainly don't push your agenda on others. My daughter will grow to be happy no matter her body size or appearance. She will be a strong, confident young woman. And guess what, she actually learned some pretty good manners and lessons from watching these princesses and that is what I care about. Not the size of her dress.

OK, I'm ready for the flames and evil to be spattered.
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Whatever for?? To give the impression that being overweight is the norm and no big deal. I would think it would be a terrible thing to let this be the impression our little girls grow up with.

A barbie body? No! But healthy weights should always be the emphasis for all of us. I would never give a child an overweight doll.

By no means would I ever want to demean a child that was overweight, but encouraging it by showing it's totally accepted is another story.
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I think DreamWorks beat them to the punch several years ago with Princess Fiona (who really was a plus sized, beautiful....well....ogre once her true self was revealed)
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