Disney Princess Effect

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In Stephanie Hanes article, “Little Girls or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect” her purpose is to inform and raise awareness to mothers about the sexualization of girls in the media. Hanes effectively does this by the use of emotional personal stories and scientific evidence. This supports her article to be well put and informative for her audience.
Hanes first approach in her article is through pathos. She uses pathos by starting off with a personal story. The personal story she uses relates to mothers who are concerned about their daughters growing up too fast. In her article, she talks about Mary Finucane and her daughter Caoimhe first time discovering the Disney Princesses. Disney Princesses are a very relatable topic with many mothers, so it’s a very successful approach. Hanes worked well with her emotional approach, for example, “She sat on the front step quietly waiting, she said, for her prince. She seemed less imaginative, less spunky, less interested in the world” (Hanes 509). This quote
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Hanes strategically uses logos to support her claims. She used polls and recent studies that allowed parents to get a better grasp at understanding her worry, for example, “One-quarter of 14-to 17 years-olds of both sexes polled by the Associated Press and MTV in 2009 reported either sending naked pictures of themselves or receiving naked pictures of someone else” (Hanes 510). This evidence emphasizes another of Hanes statements on how a lot of American girls are more focused on appearing “hot” rather than pretty and pink as they should at their age. Social media is absurdity shaping their daughter into sex objects. Powerful statements like these bring suspense to Hanes article that makes the reader want to read more. Then she transitions well by in the statement by making it relatable on how most parents (her targeted audiences) just don’t know how to deal with it