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A few days ago I saw a picture that one of my friends on Facebook posted and it went something like this;

"Dear Parents; Jasmine was in a relationship with a dirty homeless boy named Aladdin,

Snow white lived alone with 7 men.

Pinnochio was a liar, Robbin Hood was a thief, Tarzan walked around without clothes on.

A stranger kissed sleeping beauty and she married him.

Cinderella lied and snuck out at night to a party.

You cant blame us, we were taught to rebel since a young age."

At first I taught this was funny and I was sort of shocked at the truth in this. More than teaching us to be rebels I feel like Disney helps us create dreams and fantasies that in some way contradict our moral values. I have always wanted to have a prince charming I have always dreamt of having a beautiful wedding and a happily ever after life. But these dreams are sometimes abandoned when my mother often reminds me that I can not eat love. Love will not stustain your material needs. Yes as women we may have grown up with dreams of being princesses, princesses do not work. Unfortunatley in the real world in which we live in we have to think about what is best for us. We have to think about our career goals and abandon these Disney fantasies. When I was in high school I had a boyfriend who was the typical bad boy. I guess he was sort of my Aladdin. I was internally at war with myself. One part of me only wanted to be loved. I wanted to be a princess but the other part of me wanted to be a sucessful woman. Luckily I chose what was best for me. In the end I do think that Disney has had a negative influence on us females. Why not have princesses who work? Have you noticed how many romances Disney has?...Young girls should be thinking of what they want to truly be when they grow up; not worrying about who their prince charming might be.

 

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Comment by Alicia on February 20, 2013 at 9:52pm

Good points. Add to the list that Belle was in an abusive relationship with a beast who locked her up and yelled at her.


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