Why I love Disney Princesses

Why I love Disney Princesses

Recently I have seen many of my friends bashing princesses, in particular Disney Princesses. I have seen a rise in articles about exposing little girls to this mentality. While, I understand that little girls should know prince charming won’t change everything, what is wrong with hope? My favorite things as a child were my pink makeup vanity, my play heels, and jewelry. There are way to many pictures with proof of this.
Ironically, We are in a time where feminism is on the rise and the marriage rate is declining at a rapid pace. If we were living in a time where girls felt the need to be “swept” off there feet, wouldn’t these statistics be exactly opposite? Most children who watch Disney also have a mother and father. The idea of a princess having a prince is a concept they can relate to when these are the main characters they live with everyday. In a society that is filled with hate for love, why not play our part in romanticizing it again.
The main problem with hating these princesses though, is not realizing the values they are actually teaching our children. Ariel dreamed of a whole new world, instilling a sense of travel and adventure. Rapunzel dreams of being free, giving hope that our current circumstances are not permanent. Belle teaches us to love beyond the surface. Cinderella is a story of never giving up, and if I am correct it was her fairy godmother that saved her. Pocahontas revolves around the outdoors and survival. She also saves her people. Mulan teaches bravery and sacrifices everything for her country. Snow white made friends with dwarfs. She in my opinion is the most domesticated princess. Jasmine shows us there is more beyond our everyday lives. She was an adventurer, she leaves the palace for a life that is much more fulfilling. I do not touch Tiana, Merida, or Aurora because they are after my time.
I have a son so he is exposed to all sorts of other characters, but I support exposing girls to these amazing female figures. If I ever have a daughter I would love for her to have these qualities. I would love for her to feel like a princess. I don’t think we can ever make our children feel to special. It is our role as parents to explain that they one day will find their prince charming, but it is the beautiful qualities inside of us that will change our lives- not them. I pray our girls find men who will treat them like princesses. I pray our girls treat men like princes.
The thing that makes me most sad is when children are not allowed to be children. If you are a female, most likely you remember drinking tea, wearing tutus, and a crown as a child. Successful women have been exposed to these exact princesses.
Two years ago I watched a little girl for the summer. She is definitely a princess. Fully exposed to the Disney culture. She always has a favorite, usually one she wants to be just like. Then it was Ariel. She wanted to wear Tutus everyday at the age of two. She went through a season after I watched her where she would wear her princess costumes almost everyday. Do you think her mother was ashamed? HECK NO! She was letting her little girl be a little girl. She was instilling imagination, freedom, and beauty in her. You can ask anyone who knows this girl, they will tell you she is extremely advanced. She has been speaking full sentences since before I can remember and says words I can hardly spell. She is such a GIRL, and that is ok, that is amazing!
Your little may not be all about wearing heals, so expose her to Mulan the warrior, or Pocahontas who is one with nature. Disney Princesses all look different to. There is one every girl can relate to. Race, hair color, eye color- these are no longer barriers. Portraying we all are beautiful. I may not have changed your mind, but I hope you see there is beauty in these princesses. They help teach our little girls there is beauty in them as well. Think of the twinkle a little girls eyes get, when you ask if she is a princess. Go throw on the tutus, add the sparkles, get a pair of heels, find a beautiful gown, and dance in the living room-even better with your daughter. Remember there is a princess inside of you as well, even if you have tried to hide it for all these years.

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