Amazing Disney Ladies
Amazing Disney Ladies
I’ve always loved Disney, especially the princesses. Like most little girls, I always dreamed of finding my Prince Charming and living happily ever after. But at some point in my life, I began to realize that there has always been a lot more to being a Disney Princess than dreaming that a handsome stranger will whisk you away. All lot of people these days like to point out that Disney objectifies women and portrays them as just pretty things waiting for a man to save them; but they’ve got it all wrong!
Disney women have taught me that being a driven, independent woman is a good thing! All the Disney ladies have had an impact on me, but there are three stand outs: Belle, Tianna, and Wendy.
Let’s start with the obvious, Belle.
She reads, I read. She has brown hair, I have brown hair. There, that was easy! Just kidding, there’s more to it than that! Belle is an outcast in her town because she isn’t like everyone else. While most of the townspeople are content to live their average, boring lives, Belle wants more. She wants adventure in the great wide somewhere! However, in a little town where this is considered odd, Belle turns to the only outlet she can: books. Books gave her a way to get a taste of that adventure that she had been dreaming of and they were always there for her when no one else was. For an introvert like me, seeing someone who understands the importance of books really spoke to me. Above all else, Belle taught me to always be myself, no matter what others say. I may have a dreamy, far-off look with my nose stuck in a book, but I will never pretend to be anything other than who I am.
Next up is Tianna.
She really doesn’t get enough credit!! She is a strong, independent, black woman in the 1920’s for crying out loud! That was practically unheard of! No matter how many people doubted her – whether for her race or gender – she never gave up on her dreams. She wanted to own her own restaurant and by God she was going to do it! I have some fairly lofty dreams myself, and Tianna always reminds me that as long as I stay determined, nothing will stand in my way. Tianna has also showed me that being independent is something to be proud of. She will never wait around for someone to come save her, and neither will I. After all, I work real hard each and every day to be sure good things will come my way. Look out boys I’m coming through!
Okay, so I know what you’re going to say; Wendy isn’t a princess and what could she possibly have to teach us?
I’ll admit, her message is subtle, but trust me it’s there. In Peter Pan (aka my favorite movie) Wendy doesn’t want to grow up; we all know that, I mean that’s what the movies about right? But this aversion to growing up can be taken a different way: Wendy is afraid of change. She likes her life and doesn’t want things to be different. I don’t really talk about it much but I hate when things change. I’m a creature of habit, I have my routine, and when life comes along and try’s to mix things up, I shut down. Maybe that’s why I’m so obsessed with Peter Pan, because in Neverland everything stays the same. Like Wendy, I’ve had to learn that change is just a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Change doesn’t mean that nothing will ever be the same, it just means that new and exciting things are in store for us. Wendy has also showed me that, even though we can’t stay kids forever, we don’t have to let go of our inner child. After all, Walt Disney himself said, “you have to grow old, but you don’t have to grow up.”
These are just a few examples of some amazing Disney ladies and how they have guided me to who I am today. Of course, there is something we can learn from all of them – whether it’s Esmerelda teaching us to stand up for what is right, or Elsa showing us that you can’t run away from our problems.So to all of you naysayers out there, I’ll leave you with this: Disney women aren’t just one note, they arestrong, dynamic female leads, and I could not have wished for better role models.
About The Author
Shannon McCarter of Nashville TN
I’m a lover of movies, TV, and books (especially books) and I love to talk about them! I am often seen reading and when I have headphones in I’m probably listening to a book. I post written spoiler free reviews of what I’ve been reading on my blog athttp://plantnerd96.tumblr.com/ and every Monday I discuss the books a little bit more in depth and try (fail) to contain my inner fangirl on my YouTube channel Still Waiting For My Satyr!