By Savannah Elahian
As told from the songs, Ariel had “twenty thingamabobs” and still wanted more, Sleeping Beauty obsessed over wanting a boy so much that she walked with one “once upon a dream;” and Snow White was dressed in rags yet still only wished “for the one I love.” Disney has created improbable princesses with little substance and superficial princes with irrational characteristics; and children eat them up like candy. It gives children unrealistic goals and feeds them disturbed ideas of love and functional relationships. Why should kids idolize these simplistic princesses that could never have survived in real life?
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were both locked up for most of their lives; both had little to no social interaction. They talked to animals, and even worse, thought the animals were talking back. Realistically speaking both would most likely be pretty awkward around men. Also, not having a paternal, fatherly figure, they would not have anyone to watch and understand how romance works.
“Imitation is vital to the development of abilities ranging from language to social skills,” developmental and behavioral pediatrician Lisa Nalven M.D. said. Without having someone to watch, the girls would have weak language and social skills in their daily lives, especially in areas regarding romance. Plus Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty only had one guy in mind. If people ended up marrying their first crush then I’d be with X. R. from first grade, and let’s just say he was not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were two of the first princesses, so it’s understandable if Disney’s first few attempts at creating realistic girls with personalities lacked greatly. Also, both movies were made in the 1950s, an earlier time with much less women empowerment than there is today. Other princesses however, do not have the same excuse. The cute and quirky Rapunzel from “Tangled,” and Jasmine from “Aladdin” had a lot going for them. These princesses were stronger than past princesses by believing in creating their own destiny and having a choice in their own life.
However, with their love for rebellion came a love for bad boys. Both girls fell for thieves whom they ended up marrying. Realistically, if these girls married a guy who spent his life stealing, it’s highly unlikely that the boys would change their habit once they “fell in love.” The men would most likely steal as much gold as they could, run away or steal the crown and become an evil dictator. Either way Rapunzel and Jasmine would most likely become dipsomaniacs.
As harsh as these thoughts are, these are the more realistic side to most Disney princesses. The reality seems so blunt because people are not use to putting the princess fantasy under a scrutinizing eye. A little fantasy is fine, even welcomed to escape from the drama in daily life; however, balance is essential for children. So princess movies are fine, but we needs more realistic princesses.