Introduction

When you wish upon a star, does it truly not make a difference who you are?

For hundreds of years, Fairy Tales have been used as a form of entertainment to teach societies lessons and ways of being. From a young age, fairy tales tell us how to act, appear, and love. In Western societies, stories about Princesses have become particularly popular. These stories affect how we assimilate to sexual and gender norms through socialization. In the last hundred years, Disney has capitalized off the remaking of these stories, through animation and film. However, their portal of these stories often romanticize sexism, and perpetuate gender norms. This exhibit will analyze visual representations of princess fairy tales, through traditional, Disney, and Fan Art; to critique the sexist, heteronormative, and patriarchal messages these stories convey to children.

Introduction