So Facebook told us our cousin liked an article about Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. It was actually an okay article, and for once an anti-princess person admitted that denying femininity isn't necessarily in girls' best interests (with reference to Brave). It also brought up an anti-princess argument from somebody who had seen the movies. And we were like, "Oooohh, snap! How are we going to fight against this one?"
Well, it's...I don't know. And I don't have a lot of time to think right now, because I have to go practice the piano. But I think I have a few thoughts, maybe. Apparently, ultimately, the problem with Disney princesses is that they invariably show that true happiness (the happily ever after) is found in hetero love. Actually, we kind of agree with this idea, with some stipulations. is that the right word? Basically, you have to find the right person, someone who's going to treat you right and someone you really love, and you both have to work to keep the relationship going, so it's not like you get married and everything's automatically hunky-dory all the time. But we also believe that you can be happy before that comes along, too. I mean, we're both single, and neither of us would site that as a cause of misery in our lives.
It's like a million dollars. A million dollars would make life a lot easier in some ways, and it could make life harder in others. But that doesn't mean you have to have it to be happy.
And to be fair, the princesses weren't the only Disney leading characters to get their happily ever after through romance. Aladdin, Hercules, Tarzan... Heck, Hercules even gave up godhood for the woman he loved.
So I think ultimately it comes down to do you think it's wrong to teach kids to want to get married or not? If you do, okay, I can see why you think the princess thing is a problem. (If only there was a princess who didn't get married at the end of her movie...like someone who had to send her love across the ocean so he could be treated for a gunshot wound or something...) On the other hand, the Disney princesses exhibit a lot of good, strong qualities that I think kids could stand to learn from, even if hetero romance isn't a main goal.
Or something. There may or may not be more on this when I have more time.
Today I'm thankful for finally finishing work, still having time to practice the piano, finally finding that last blue trinity, getting to listen to the Fairy Tail soundtrack again, and it being the weekend.