Our trip to Disneyland was all about research. Topic: Disney princesses. Here is what we learned from them :
First thing: A KISS BASICALLY SOLVES EVERYTHING!
The fact that when the princesses are in real trouble, the thing that saves them is simple. It’s a kiss. But not a kiss from just anyone. They need kiss from the man of their dreams (who just so happens to be an ultra wealthy prince)
2. THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PRINCE CHARMING TO SAVE THEM
What are they really searching for when it comes to their life? Do they want a decent career? Do they want to save the world? Do they want to find ‘meaning’ in all that they do? They want just one thing — a guy. That’s all that matters to them. Their sole goal in life is to find Prince Charming and run away to marry him.
3. OR WORSE STILL, SELL OUT THEIR FAMILY FOR HIM
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Ariel was not the only princess who messed things up for a guy. Can we all take a moment to have a little chat about Pocahontas? She was supposed to be so in touch with nature and the values of her people, right? Well, if that were really the case, why on earth did she go ahead and start messing around with John? Pocahontas, a real person who was treated shamefully by the English settlers, kidnapped, and forced into marriage, and fictionalize her story to the point where it became a romance and a tale ostensibly promoting equality between races.
4. THEY OFTEN ISOLATE THEMSELVES FROM OTHERS
I am ‘Team Belle’ all the way. The girl is a reader, she’s smart, and she’s sassy. She’s everything a woman could be, and yet she still screws herself over time and time again. So, she lives in a small town where the people are equally small-minded. I get that that must suck on a whole load of levels. No one is trying to deny that here. But, I mean, she could have at least tried to make the best of it. Instead, she decided to make sure that she alienated herself from just about everyone around her. I’m not talking about just a few people. She was distant from everyone! Plus, she’s not the only one who did that. When you think about the many Disney princesses out there, a load of them had this issue.
5. THEY TEND TO IGNORE GOOD ADVICE
And when the princesses aren’t just isolating themselves from the general society, they have another bad habit. When someone gives them advice, rather than being grateful for the help, they decide to do the exact opposite. This is a serious problem for most of them. I’m all for making your own way in the world and listening to your instincts, but there is a limit to that. When it comes to making dangerous and, frankly, stupid decisions, these girls seem to be pros. There is honestly no need.
6. THEIR BODY SHAPES ARE… UNREALISTIC.
They are beautiful — no one is denying that. Nor could they. But then again, there is a serious issue with their body shapes. I’m sorry, but there are few women out there who have this kind of shape of body. They look as though they are a guy’s idea of the ‘perfect woman’
7. PLUS, THEY CAN BE KIND OF VAIN AT TIMES
there are some princesses like Jasmine!who tend to be kind of obsessed with their looks.
8. THEY PROMOTE ‘DAMAGING STEREOTYPES’ OF WOMEN.
People have done actual studies on the affect Disney princesses have on young girls. You won’t be surprised to find that the results were kind of damning. For example, one recent study from researchers at the acclaimed Brigham Young University found that these movies impose gender stereotypes on young girls. What’s more, they copy the behavior and start to believe that they have to adhere to those values.
9. THEY HAVE DANGEROUS RELATIONSHIPS WITH GUYS
case of Beauty and the Beast for a moment here. We all know the story all too well. The beast locks up Belle’s father first, when he accidentally trespasses on his land. It’s a little messed up, but whatever. When Belle comes to help him, the Beast says that the only way is if she takes her father’s place. She agrees. So, she starts her relationship with the Beast as his captive. Um, does no one else think that that is a bit of a shaky foundation for a real life relationship? I know that I do!
Overtime, she begins to love him (while he is keeping her prisoner, of course!) and the two get together in the end. Well, that sounds a whole lot like Stockholm Syndrome if you ask me.
10. THEY LOVE PLAYING THE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
Having the women in trouble is one thing, but making the story so that the only way they can be ‘saved’ is to find a man… that’s quite another.
What’s more, rather than dealing with your own problems, its quite alright to just sit around and wait for a guy to do it for you. I’m sorry, but that seems a little backward.
11. THAT’S WHEN THEY ARE NOT BEING PREACHY, OF COURSE
When these ladies aren’t playing the whole victim role, they like to go for another one. There are definitely instances in which these characters decide to act like complete and utter know-it-alls. They aren’t exactly the most likeable characters in the world for that. Not by a long-shot. What’s more, they often have no basis for their information or opinions. They just believe that because they think something that it must be right. Does that not sound a tad arrogant to you? It seems like they have superiority complexes at the very least.
12. THEY CAN BE RUDE AF AT TIMES TOO
If you pay close attention to what some of them say, you will notice one really strong theme. They love to put people down. In fact, they seem to have absolutely no issue with dishing out the insults. Yep, while they are playing victims, they are keen to tell everyone else just how terrible they are too. Um… Talk about reflecting your own insecurities onto other people.
What does this teach young girls? Oh, that’s right. It teaches them that being smart is the same thing as being cruel. Take the example of Belle.. She just loves putting everyone in her small town down and telling them how much better she is than them.
13. THEY RELY ON MAGIC TO SAVE THEM TOO OFTEN!
it’s not just men that can save the Disney princesses. Oh no, there’s one thing that we’ve been overlooking all along. These women can be saved by one other thing that you haven’t thought of just yet. That’s right — it’s magic!
14. THEY TALK TO ANIMALS… WHICH IS..
Snow White who talks to just about every animal out there. There’s Cinderella who talks to mice, even though they clearly can’t understand her. There’s also Mulan who talks to an invisible dragon and… a flea. It seems to be a really common theme among these ladies. While they are isolating themselves from the rest of the world, they find solace in animals. Um, that’s not healthy: using animals as a barrier; a replacement for the social interaction they don’t have.
Consider these classics in which a character has either lost a mother or there is no mention of her at all:
“The Jungle Book”
“The Fox and the Hound”
“The Great Mouse Detective”
“The Little Mermaid”
“Beauty and the Beast”
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
“The Emperor’s New Groove”
Why is that?
Still trying to figure out why…