Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

Strong, fearless and adventurous, I’ll take that!


I opened an email from Disney to see this headline -” Presenting Princess Merida: Strong, fearless and adventurous.”

The link took me to the newly launched Merida site, which features the original likeness of Merida, with wild hair and a rounded face.

The description:

Merida is a Princess by birth and an adventurer by spirit. She spends her days practicing archery, riding her horse Angus, and exploring the world around her. She loves her family, but she wants to control her own destiny.

This email made me smile. I think it shows that Disney is hearing those of us who expressed our love for the original spirit of Merida. I hope that means that they appreciate the perspective of little girls like Allie, who loves Merida’s courageous, adventurous spirit. Allie is strong, athletic, and competitive, and Merida struck a chord in her heart.

This quote has been attributed to Walt Disney:

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives….

I think this is true. Walt was right, media does matter. It plays a part in shaping our views of the world and our place within it. And because children are inundated with it in our mobile media culture, it impacts them as they grow and learn about themselves and their world.

I love finding media that inspires my girls to be brave, strong, and adventurous. The original Merida does that for my newly 9-year-old Allie. I’m glad to see her back.

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2013 by in Recognizing, Talking and tagged , , , .
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