Disney Ladies Who Need To Get Their Act Together
A follow up to Amazing Disney Ladies
All of the Disney ladies have something we can learn from, and they are almost every little girl’s role model. But some of their good messages aren’t as strait forward as you might think. While Disney would never intentionally create a bad role model, every so often we get a princess that should not be looked up to, but instead seen as a cautionary tale. These select few are what fuels the Disney-doubter fire, and unfortunately in this case, I can’t argue with them. Last time, I told you guys about three Disney women that I look up to and admire. This time, however, let’s take a look at three “role models” that really aren’t all that deserving of the title.
Let’s start off with Alice.
I love Alice in Wonderland, but Alice is definitely not someone we should strive to be like. For simplicities sake, I’m only going to discuss the 1950’s animated version – the new live action is a topic for another time. Alice is a young, restless girl, who is much too curious for her own good. Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a kid and daydream, but Alice goes a little too far. She always has her head in the clouds and it took seeing her wildest fantasies realized to knock some since into her. Even when she becomes hopelessly lost in Wonderland and desperately wants to leave, she still lets her curiosity get the better of her. She may give herself very good advice, but she never listens! While this makes her a bad role model, there is something good we can get from Alice: It’s okay to daydream and to want to escape reality, but don’t lose your head. Wonderland is a great place to visit, but you should never take up permanent residence there.
This next one may come as a surprise, seeing as she is in my top five favorite princesses: Aurora
Sleeping Beauty is probably the movie that I think of when I think about Disney during my childhood. It’s still one of my all-time favorites (and I’m not afraid of the dragon anymore!), but I think it’s pretty obvious that Aurora doesn’t set a very good example for young girls. I’d like to think that Meriwether’s gift was going to be brains because this girl has no common sense. Come across some strange man in the woods who says he loves you? Seems legit – lets run away together! Sounds like the start of an episode of 48 Hours to me. All we really know about Aurora is that she is beautiful and can sing……..That’s literally it! And the fate of her entire kingdom rests on her not pricking her finger on a spinning wheel; *sighs* you had one job! There really isn’t any lesson to be gained from her either. While you should never trust strangers so readily, it turned out alright for her anyway (well, except for being cursed). But, if she had some common sense, things might have gone a little smother. If you want to see an example of an Aroura you can actually look up too, I suggest A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas.
Sorry Disney, but Thomas made a better role model.
This last Princess is someone I wish could be overlooked. I don’t know why, maybe because I saw her on Broadway, but I really want to like this one. Alas, she needs to be addressed: Ariel.
While the argument can be made (trust me I’ve tried) that Ariel teaches girls to broaden their horizons beyond what they are familiar with, you should never go so far as to change who you are to get what you want, especially not for a guy. She’s only sixteen years-old, she does not need to be selling her sole for her first crush! Disney may have managed to give her a happy ending anyway, but in the original, nothing good came of it. If there is one thing we can learn from Ariel, it’s that you should never, ever, try to be something you’re not so that others will like you. And you certainly do not need a guy who only likes you for your looks. What happened to “bright young women, sick of swimmin’, ready to stand”? You should never let yourself be limited by the people and places around you, but Ariel certainly went a little too far for all the wrong reasons.
As you can see, not all of our favorite Disney heroines are living up to their jobs of being good role models. Despite that though, (except for Aurora) there is still something we can learn from them. Some messages are a little harder to find, however, and sometimes it takes seeing the opposite to learn them.
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!