Construction of the female self
In my opinion this article was way over the top. Even though the structure of the article itself might be good, the arguments on the other hand are just completely exaggerated.
I think it was important to think about what age group those movies are made for and if they really understand what is going on. In my opinion they don't and even though children might be watching those movies over and over again, it doesn't influence them that much so that they as a result define themselves through what they see in those kind of movies.
I think the people that one is sorrounded by, and therefore especially the parents, play a way bigger role in this. Those are the ones who are really role models on how to behave and how to treat eachother. Of course it is a problem when the tv becomes the babysitter and the children spend more time watching movies than actually interacting. But that is a completely different problem.
The question remains if movies are made to teach us something or to entertain us. I think that it can be both but at least for that age group and in this category of movies, Disney movies, it should be more about entertainment than about manipulation and on trying to show how females should behave.