I know the "princess" concept is popular with many Disney fans, but the concept of "pirate princess" really bothers me. I didn't think much about the ever-expanding panoply of Disney "princesses" until Skinny Dog displayed his pirate princess stuff (and this is no slur on him, this is Disney's concept, not his). Why not pirate queen? Or even just female pirates? There were real female pirates - POTC even has Anne Bonny and Mary Read painted on its wall. I like the idea of a woman who can hold her own with men. Princesses, to me, are delicate, helpless, decorative creatures, and would find pirates and pirate life too dirty, rough, and degrading. But I guess pirate princess fits Disneyís existing marketing strategies.
POTC the movie had a female pirate, and a main female character who was fascinated by pirates. If they have to "update" the ride, why can't they include one of these characters? The only females in the ride now are victims.
What message does the Disney "princess" concept send to our daughters? That their life won't be complete until they get the right man. That "good" women are helpless and have minimal ability to control their destiny. Queens - women who have power and make their own decisions - are evil, don't love anyone, donít have any friends, don't have visible relationships with men, and are always defeated in the end.
Disclaimer: I know these are generalizations, and since I havenít seen all Disneyís movies, there may be female characters that Iím not taking into consideration.