Princesses get fewer lines than their princes in most new Disney movies, according to a new research study reported in the Washington Post. Sidekicks tend to be male too.
Female characters spoke more than males in classics such as Snow White and Cinderella, but that reversed with The Little Mermaid, in which Ariel trades her voice for the chance to live as a human and woo her prince.
“In the five Disney princess movies that followed, the women speak even less,” the study found. “On average in those films, men have three times as many lines as women.”
Don’t panic, advises Carrie Lukas on Acculturated. Tangled and Brave both featured empowered — and talkative — princesses. Males, including Olaf the snowman, have more lines in Frozen, but who thinks that movie tells kids that males rule?
Instead of sleeping beauties, these movies send “messages of female achievement, independence, and strength,” writes Lukas. “These princesses are going on adventures, taking action, and rescuing themselves and each other, rather than just waiting to be saved by princes.”