Disney have released a video on YouTube which re-brands the whole ‘Princess’ phenomenon. Until my daughter started pre-school, she was completely oblivious to all this. But now she has been completely informed. It’s all tiaras, ball gowns, dancing and pink in our house at the moment. So I really appreciate the change of pace that latest Disney Princesses have taken. We adore Anna and Elsa (well the first couple of times I watched it, in the next thousand they started to get a little annoying). Merida is incredibly popular too – Personally I think the archery angle has a lot to do with her popularity.

But while I’m all for these Princesses who show you can wear the ball gown and tiara, but still sport a spirited, independent attitude while saving the day… my son seems to be left behind. Where are the movies with male leads that have the epic musical numbers that we are still singing a year later? Sure, there are so many brilliant movies for boys. But my issue is that the male leads aren’t… well boys. They are cars, they are toys, they are monsters, they are weird human-like creatures with super powers… but none of them look like real people.Boys_Toys

A quick trip down any merchandising aisle at Target (or anywhere) only confirms my suspicion. While there is an abundant selection of boy targeted toys, they are all marvel superhero/monster/incredible hulk/spiderman type toys. None of the ‘dolls’ (or should we say ‘action figures’) look like people. Although, thumbs up for Fireman Sam. Maybe Fireman Sam could make a musical?

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Now don’t get me wrong. My son can rock an Anna dress as good as any girl… but as much as he improves it with his light sabre and Fireman Sam helmet – I think he’d really appreciate a dress ups outfit he can relate to. So let’s hear it for the soon to be released Princes!! And while you’re at it – add them to the toy aisle. My wallet really didn’t like that the only way I could buy Kristoff was to buy the entire cast of Frozen. Little boys like dolls too.

 

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Written by Nadia

13 Comments

Nicole @ The Builder's Wife

I hate the whole stereotypical toy situation. Our 3 boys have always enjoyed dressing up as fairies, and playing with dolls, just as our daughter loved dressing up as a police officer or a dog. We try very hard to bring our kids up without gender specific roles, unfortunately society does a lot to under our hard work!

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nadiamc

It would be lovely to let little children just be little children and have all us adults stop defining things for them. Wouldn’t that be wonderful… I’d love to see the world they come up with!

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nadiamc

I’d always suspected it was an issue. I didn’t realise how bad it was, until my son was old enough to really want to get on the whole movie band wagon and wanted some toys like his sister. Then the stark contrast struck me.

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JF Gibson

Although we dont have boys, i totally agree. Lets have strong characters of all gender so our kids can choose who they relate to most.

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EssentiallyJess

What about some of the Star Wars characters? There are humans in them? And the avengers mostly look human, but just dress up in costumes.
There are a few great characters, but I agree there could be more. Especially for littler kids.

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nadiamc

There are strong male leads in Star Wars, but it’s a little old for my two year old! Mine get too scared. I can’t wait until we can all watch the series together!!

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Tegan

I hadn’t really given it much though before to be honest! Mr 6 is right into the super heroes and lego at the moment. I think for me I am more annoyed that the movies are often MA15+ so he sees ads for these great superhero movies and then gets upset because he can’t watch them.

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Renee Wilson

That’s a really good point. With two girls, I haven’t even considered what’s out there for boys. C’mon Disney bring out a strong male lead who can sing ūüėČ

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