Well, my life is fairly boring at the moment, so I thought I would post about something that's been bothering me for a little bit.
A lot of people seem angry with Disney for the way it portrays its women. They view these women as weak and dependent on men. I would just like to throw my opinion into the mix: I believe that there is nothing wrong with accepting help from men, and there is nothing wrong with the values taught by the Disney princesses. Growing up watching these women, I learned to be kind, forgiving, and compassionate, traits I find strangely lacking in today's society. Women don't have to be the same as men in order to be strong. There is a reason there are two genders ;).
To justify my position, here are a few lessons to be learned from the Disney princesses:
Snow White: Keep hoping. Even when everything seems lost, someone somewhere can help.
Cinderella: Never stop dreaming. Chase down your dreams until they're unfolding in front of you.
Sleeping Beauty: Your dream prince will fight for you, no matter what the cost.
Belle: Some people can be big jerks, but if you look hard enough, they're probably as lost and scared as you.
Ariel: Think things through, because if you do something rash, it affects more than just you.
Jasmine: Ladies, you're intimidating. Don't judge guys too harshly when they do something stupid trying to impress you. Also, the best men are the ones with the trues hearts, not the loudest purse.
Tiana: When you work hard, play hard.
Rapunzel: In the end, it's your life. You're the only one who can make it what you want.
And in general, growing up with these stories has taught me that sometimes, life sucks. If you can stick it through to the end, that's when you'll get your reward. And most importantly: The ideas behind these princes have to come from somewhere! There really are Prince Charmings in the world, girls! Don't settle for less, because you definitely deserve more!
Fare thee well, friend!