March 5, 2012

Life Lessons from Disney Princesses

I promise I'm not one of those women who believe that Disney princesses are the root of body image issues in this world (I mean, Barbie certainly shares some of the blame)...

.... but I do think this picture is hilarious!

Don't get me wrong. I can see the truth in those captions too, but certainly this isn't all we can learn from Disney princesses, is it?

I had a English professor in college who used to preach about how Disney was teaching young girls to be dependent on men. He flat out refused to allow his two young daughters to watch any of the movies and was proud to say that they wouldn't have been able to name a single princess. Even back then, I would roll my eyes as he'd step on his pedestal and rant away.

And I can understand how a feminist lens would lead to such a conclusion. I also think, though, that opinion ignores the more overt messages about kindness, goodness, and following one's dreams. And call me crazy, but I think those are good messages for little girls.

At the end of the day, we all need to remember that the messages we send our children are even more important than any message from a Disney princess (or Barbie) anyway.

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