I'm Not Ashamed to Buy 'Secret of the Wings' for My Daughters

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secret of the wingsThe Secret of the Wings, Disney’s fourth Fairies movie, will be released today on DVD and Blu-ray. Cue little girls across the country begging for the latest tale featuring Tinker Bell and the other fairies at Pixie Hollow.

Capitalizing on the tremendous success of the Disney Princess franchise, the entertainment company decided to launch Disney Fairies in 2005. Since then, more than 1,400 Disney Fairies and Tinker Bell books have been published in 57 countries and 33 languages and over 1.6 million copies of Disney Fairies magazines have been sold.

Side note: There’s a magazine? I must look into that.

Having two young daughters at home, I am well acquainted with Tink and her fairy friends. Several new characters join the fun in The Secret of the Wings, including Periwinkle, a winter fairy that happens to be Tinker Bell’s sister. There’s also a dazzling new fairy world to explore in the Winter Woods, where Periwinkle resides.

I already ordered it for my girls. I couldn’t help it. I love those fairies. When the first movie came out, I was reluctant to like it. Tinker Bell belongs in Neverland, with Peter Pan and the lost boys. Duh. Also I think I’m supposed to be worried about Cinderella eating my daughter or something about defining gender roles in childhood.

I ended up loving the sweet message of the first movie, which depicted the birth of Bell upon a child’s first laugh, and her struggle to find contentment in her life as a tinker. Sometimes we can’t choose our circumstances, but we can always choose to bloom where we’re planted.

That’s the kind of thing I want my children to see -- in real life and in the things they see on the screen. Even if it comes from a pretty fairy that lives in a pink flower. 

What do you think? Do Disney Fairy movies promote gender stereotypes, or are they just good fun?

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Alain... Alainalynn

You forgot to mention that there are boy fairies too!! Terrance and Bobble and Bolt. Lol and Fairy Gary!

jagam... jagamama0710

My daughter, who loves all things fairy and princess, is over the moon about a new Tink movie! I love them too, so I will be buying it for her and we will enjoy it together. :) Nothing gets under my skin or makes me roll my eyes more than the "gender sterotype" and "pink is evil omgzzzz" drama, so I agree with you here. lol 

tinyp... tinypossum

^^True, that. I have boys and they love the Tinkerbell movies, Tangled, all that stuff. I don't think that princesses and fairies and all that are inherently bad for girls. Boys and girls are wired differently and there's nothing wrong with embracing the inner fairy.

But, I do think that we as a society continue to objectify and sexualize women and that it is a problem that we cannot ignore. 

kelti... kelticmom

Heck, I'm not ashamed to but Tinkebell movies for myself!

Vegeta Vegeta

I'm the manliest girl I know and I love me some Disney princess movies. I loved them when I was 3 and I love them at 23 and so does my boyfriend and brother and most of our friends. There's nothing wrong with tinkerbell or any of the other princesses. People look way to deep into these things geared to keep a 5 year olds entertained. They're not objectifying women. Actually watch the movies and maybe learn something. There's awesome life lessons in every story.

Jessy76 Jessy76

I love these movies I am so excited and have been waiting for this movie to come out since I 1st saw the advertisement months ago! My daughter and I watch them together and really enjoy them daddy does too. My only complaint right now is that my Disney rewards is offering a $5 off coupon but since you have to download the "Coupon Printer" I can't get the coupon because my home printer doesn't work at the moment and I can't download the coupon printer at work. I am totally bummed about it!

nonmember avatar Samantha

You know, i hate the barbie movies. I hate barbie & what she signifies. But the movies are innocent & have a lot of lessons on self confidence & fighting for what you believe in. My daughter (2) is obsessed with them, so i got them. We also have a few others with good messages. I figure i dont have to like them, but if she does & it has a good message, why the hell not? Some are girls movies some are boys, but to her they are just movies she enjoys.

Katriena Young

I love the Tinker Bell movies. I went and bought it for myself.

Todd Vrancic

These movies are aimed at little kids, adults don't have to like them.  If adults do like them, that's good, too.  I like a lot of kid's movies, so it's all good.  One of my wife's favorite movies is Mary Poppins.

Grair... Grairaven

......  Are we seriously entertaining this whole 'gender stereotype' crap here?  Here's a news flash.  If you don't want your kid to see this movie DONT WATCH IT.  It's really not that hard and, to be honest, it makes me more then peeved when I see labels like this thrown around.  Kids are kids, plain and simple.  Why are we putting off our own emotional baggage on our children?  Just because you have issues doesn't mean your kid has to have issues.  Let it ride, people.  If your little girl is, GASP!, acting like a LITTLE GIRL, shut up and let HER BE HER.  Or, heavens forbid, your little boy acting like a little boy?  (Making phsew,pshew noises with a stick, pretending to be an army man or a cowboy, daring each other to eat bugs, coming home muddy and begging to keep the bullfrog he just found because it makes his sister scream), shut up and let him be him.  Doesn't mean he's going to be a psycho.  He's a BOY, it's WHAT THEY DO.  I am a BIG tomboy but my daughter is the pinkest, butterfly, angel, fairy princess that ever existed.  Sometimes I truely believe she poops rainbows and sneezes glitter but hey, she's happy, polite, well-mannered, and a pretty sweet kid.  Why would I want to interfere with that??

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