This week for the passion post I will continue with the unavoidable stereotypes in movies and for this week it is the stereotype that outward beauty makes you special. This stereotype is in pretty much every Disney princess movie and just about all other movies in which main characters are female. It comes in many forms as well. As far as the Disney princess movies go every single princess is beautiful and skinny and the epitome of being perfect and all of them get noticed and get the special treatment. If you notice all of the oppositional characters are ugly. In other movies such as Sex and the City, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and many others they all fulfill this stereotype. In each of these movies the strong female characters that get noticed or who get the most attention are beautiful and skinny. It has been a continuing trend in movies and it causes serious problems for younger children especially. Not only causing problems but it is also highly offensive to the people out there who are not the definition of perfect based off of these movies; it hurts their self esteem.
This stereotype because highly offensive because it contributes to the low self esteem in young women, adults, and children. There are very little movies, if not none, that show the less attractive, heavier female as the lead that gets the most attention. This is the part that lowers individuals self esteems. It is hurtful to watch the pretty girl come out on top every time and it resonates with some people. It enhances the body images that are already being put out by the media that have already caused problems in regards to self esteem. It also shows that the 00 princess perfect girl gets the attention from all the guys. This also gives people the understanding of what reality is. It also hurts younger children in understanding what reality is and what it means to be beautiful. Beauty is within and is measured by who the person is not by what the person’s appearance is. This stereotype needs to be moved away from in movies and they need to strap on the realistic sense of reality.