Do We Really Need A Study To Tell Us Girls Like Princesses?
DISNEY – A study from Brigham Young University says that Disney princess culture can lead young children to be more likely to fall into stereotypes that could be damaging for them down the road. The study says kids avoid behaviors that aren’t seen to be feminine. So science is now telling us that girls who see Disney princess movies try to act like princesses. What a revelation!
The small study, by family-life professor Sarah M. Coyne, looked at how much 198 preschoolers interacted with Disney princesses—through movies, toys and merchandise—and then assessed their behavior through reports from parents and teachers and a task in which the children were asked to rank their favorite toys among stereotypical “girl” options such as dolls, stereotypical “boy” options such as tool sets and gender-neutral options such as puzzles.
The researchers found that 96% of girls and 87% of boys had viewed Disney princess media, and more than 61% of girls played with princess toys at least once a week, compared to 4% of boys. For both boys and girls, engagement with Disney princesses was associated with more female gender-stereotypical behavior a year later.
Let me say it again for those not listening kids seek out role models. They need adult figures whom they can act like to they can figure out how they want to be as adults. Girls often model themselves after princesses. Boys often model themselves after soldiers. Both are legitimate.
Did we really need a study to tell us that?
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