4 Disney Princesses You Really Don’t Want to Be+comment
The messages portrayed in most of the Disney films teach young girls to be pretty, domestic and obsessed with material possessions. The traditional princess films reinforce that women’s beauty is their only asset (Snow White, Cinderella), that she should change herself and give up her family and talents for a man (The Little Mermaid), that marriageability is their only asset (Aladdin), that you may be so beautiful that other beautiful women want to kill you (Snow White), and that reading books is weird (Beauty and the Beast). Not to mention, none of the traditional princesses have mothers. The mothers are always dead, missing and any older women are villains. Thanks Disney. As a feminist, I’m offended.
I completely understand that little girls are smitten with the princess concept, and more than likely it’s a phase and they will grow out of it. Every girlfriend I know with a daughter under five is up to their teeth in princess-themed birthday parties, princess dresses, Disneyland trips hunting down princesses for autographs, etc. so I know it’s almost unavoidable when raising a little girl in today’s times. I imagine my frustration with the genre will ensure my having a daughter that is a total Disney princess convert. While I know a lot of the stories used for the princess models come from old fairy tales and Disney has made a concerted effort to portray young women in recent films as more diverse, brave, strong, etc., do we ever think what their ‘ever after’ would look like? Does a smart, pretty girl with her ex-Beast/now man boyfriend really settle down in a quaint French village after everybody learns that witches’ curses are happening? No! I think the town thinks you’re possessed by the devil and burns you at the stake.
Luckily, I’m not the only one who wants the shine taken off these “fairy tales” and think their lives aren’t as happily ever after as we’d like to believe. This amazing singer on youtube, Paint, put together a whole song, set to the music of the Disney musicals, explaining the future lives of the princesses. It’s amazing, and I hope he ends up on “Glee” because this guy is great. He breaks down Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Jasmine (Aladdin), and Pocahontas (well, you can guess which movie she in in). I hope he takes on Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and Rapunzel – because those dum-dums could use it.
Watch the video – it’s worth it.