I've been wanting to write this post every since I started this blog, but have always held off for fear of hate mail or being called anti-Disney. I hope by now you've read enough of this site to realize that I'm not anti-Disney at all (the opposite, in fact) but that from time to time I think it's important to openly discuss things that are troubling in the Disney realm. And I have a serious moral dilemma when it comes to the Disney Princess brand.
Cinderella:The Problem: Dad died, is so pretty that she makes everyone jealous, forced to do manual labor.
The Solution: Befriend animals, wait for Fairy Godmother to appear.
Gets Her Man By: Being pretty, playing hard to get.
Creepy Factor: In the Brothers Grimm version of the story, the stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to make the slipper fit, then get their eyes pecked out by pigeons. This has nothing to do with the Disney version, but I felt the need to share. Fun fact!
Role Model Status: Good. Cinderella is nothing if not a hard worker, and she's punctual.
Sleeping Beauty:The Problem: Dad forgot to invite sketchy fairy to the christening, daughter is cursed to touch sharp objects and sleep forever.
Creepy Factor: Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip had an arranged marraige.
The Solution: Teenage angst-induced rebellion leads to mandatory kissing.
Role Model Status: Not on land, under the sea, or anywhere else. Poor unfortunate souls, indeed.
Gets Her Man By: Having Stockholm Syndrome
Jasmine:The Problem: Rich girl rebels, hates men, ends up locked in an hourglass in a bikini top doomed to be a personal slave.
So there you have it - your Disney Princesses. I didn't include Pocahontas or Mulan, even though they are included in the Princess brand because they 1. are not actually princesses, and 2. belong in a seperate category - Disney Women Who Rock. But more on them later.
* The Princess and the Frog Trailer
* How Green is My Disney?