The Blame Disney Movement

21 Sep

Disney gets a bad rap for fostering delusions in young girls regarding love, life, and hair. Each fairytale princess is strong, witty, and independent to a fault- until she gets rescued by a handsome prince with questionable morals.

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This is probably a chicken or egg question, but that actually describes pretty much ALL of my girlfriends. Like it or not, Disney kind of hit the nail on the head there.

Which of course led me to wonder, what else was Disney right about? Parents are often silly, meddling and misguided, but well-meaning? Check. Animals make more loyal companions than humans? Check. The jealous older sister/stepmom/witch will meet her disastrous but deserved fate… Uh oh.

You see, lately, I haven’t been the princess in these stories. I blame Facebook. When I see yet another engagement announcement, with the sparkling, fairy-dust-coated ring photo and the never ending notifications because I ‘liked’ it too early… well, my inner-self turns a little green. She also might jump up and down, blow steam out of her ears, and shriek “No! Me!”

Not the way to encourage woodland creatures to make you breakfast, which is apparently a prerequisite for finding  a man.

I’m not proud of it and I quickly shut this behavior down, but it happens each time nonetheless. I don’t do this with good friends; I’m genuinely happy for them, and there’s usually a party at the end of that story… hopefully with an open bar and a few single groomsmen. So that always works out well.

No, I start thinking of poison apples for people I really shouldn’t be Facebook friends with anyway. The girl I met during college orientation and never saw again. Someone three years younger than me from home. A friend’s crazy ex that I stayed friends with purely for entertainment (yea, SHE’S engaged). Still, if Disney’s right about the poisonous effect of jealousy, especially on the person feeling it, I should probably lock it up. That’s where cat ladies come from.

I’d rather be the princess anyway.

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4 Responses to “The Blame Disney Movement”

  1. 20somethingontherun September 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    You know what I start to think of….right now do I want my decision of the weekend to be, “what carpet are we getting for the living room?” no… every time i choose popping bubbly at a bus stop in the rain with my favorite roommate and lovely friend 🙂

    ps thank goodness for being allergic to cats…

  2. Christin "Your sister, who reads this thing" September 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    What happened to ETHAN??

    • nessasays September 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Hold your horses it’s coming! 🙂 Miss you girl!

  3. myyearattwentysix September 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Disney also sends out the message to hold out for what you want. No Disney princess settles for less than what she wants. Your happy ending will come. In the words of Walt Disney, all dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

    Just remember that you’re not settling for just anyone. You want something magical.

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