Monday, March 31, 2008
Disney Princesses Are the Root of all Evil
I know, you thought Cross-Dressing Chilean Midgets were the root of all evil, but no-it's the Disney Princess. Evil may be a little much, but as I watched a 17 year old girl, with designer sunglasess and overly highlighted hair driving her red sports car with the license plate frame that says, “It’s not easy being the princess” I started to wonder, “Why on earth does this girl from Ogden think she’s a princess?”
Let’s look at some of the more popular princesses. Ariel- what did Ariel do? She sang and was pretty. Her life was miserable with out a man. When cursed the only thing that could save her is a kiss. She ended up catching the man and getting married at the ripe age of 16 and lived happily ever after.
Another example: Sleeping Beauty. Skills: Singing to animals and looking pretty. Why a man would want her: She owns a fancy dress that changes color, and did I mention she's pretty? When cursed the only thing that could bring her happily ever after was…a KISS from her true love. Got happily ever after at the age of you guessed it- 16!
We show these movies to our daughters in their most formative years, when they are learning about life and the world around them. Children don’t distinguish between entertainment and education- the two blend together. These little girls, drawn to the pretty dresses are told that life is not complete unless they are pretty, and are kissed by prince charming. Once they meet the prince all will be well with the world, and they can expect this to happen around the age of 16.
Growing up on fairy tales is it so surprising that girls think they can fall in true love while in High School? The majority of princesses get married at sixteen, unless you’re Snow White, and she was seven. (According to the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, in the cartoon she looks a bit older than seven- I’d say oh…sixteen)
You have little girls dressing up as princesses, and little boys dressing up as cowboys, firemen, doctors, baseball players…when was the last time you heard a little boy say, “When I grow up I want to be Prince Charming”
Which leaves us where we are today, in a world full of Princesses and no Prince Charmings. I am grateful for Shrek, who teaches a bit more about love and romance, and how the person who is going to make you the happiest isn't the person you think will. But that's a blog for another day.
We have a surplus of women that think the most important thing in the world is to look pretty. They expect a man to take care of them and bring them happiness. They expect a castle on the good side of town, to never have to work and to spend their days shopping at Nordstrom. When trying to figure out where they derived this notion one just has to look to the movies they watched as little girls and see- they were told that this is what life is about.