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Happily Ever After

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For hundreds of years, Fairy Tales have been used as a form of entertainment to teach children lessons and ways of being. From a young age, fairy tales teach us to conform to normative ways 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, as well as many other artist have remade these stories, through animation, art, and film. Disney’s versions have used this socialization to encourage many children, especially young girls to idolize these princesses. This has allowed Disney to make money off merchandise, theme parks, and resorts, through the capitalization of perpetuating gender norms and excluding non-normative identities. With the rise of the internet, many fans have taken these films and evolved them through art, to addresses issues that Disney movies perpetuate. This exhibit analyzes visual representations of princess fairy tales, through traditional, Disney, and fan interpretations, in order to question whether fan art is an effective mode to challenge the sexist, heteronormative, and ablest, messages that are conveyed to children.

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