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by danhiggs

HERE is an essay that Alice Neikirk wrote for Anthropology called “…Happily Ever After”. She raises a point about what Fairy Tales teach girls about being women. Alice has a perspective regarding the representation of the damsels in distress. She believes that they are only considered a good Disney princess if they await their Prince charming to come and get them. She said “The good female is generally submissively accepting of her lot in life while waiting for the prince to appear and take control of her destiny.” another valid point she raises is “In several instances , the prince and the heroine have never spoken but the female’s beauty is enough to ensure that their marriage will be ‘happily ever after’.”

HERE is another essay that is written by Katherine E. MacLean called ‘Cinderella Forever in Distress’. The essay talks about the representation of women in Disney Fairy Tales in particular Cinderella and what impact this representation has to society. She says “The progression of women’s roles in society is evident in some areas, but the distinctive archetype of the damsel in distress is one stagnating factor in movies because it still entails the woman needing rescuing thus supporting the female inequality and male dominance that has been plaguing societies for centuries now.”

Both of these essays are similar in the fact that they both support the idea that the Disney Fairy Tales represent women as continuously being nothing but “the damsel in distress”. This idea reflects upon women to make them think that they are vulnerable to me and need to be rescued in order to have their “happy ever after.” This conveys the message to women in todays society that a young female is incapable of looking after herself and instead needs a man to care and tend for her.