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How Messed Up Lessons From Disney Films Affect Us

A startling look into the lessons embedded in Disney films.

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Unless you were raised by wolves, chances are you grew up enthralled with Disney Princesses. You most likely had a favorite Princess and maybe even dressed up like her, enacted scenes from your most beloved movie, and awaited your Prince Charming.

But recent speculation about the Disney Princess effect suggests that we may actually have been better off raised by wolves. To truly understand why Disney Princesses can be so detrimental to a girl’s development, we must first understand the three main cycles in the Disney Princess franchise:

Classics 1937 – 1959: This era of Disney Princesses included the movies Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. The Princesses in these films were subordinate, gentle, quiet, beautiful, caucasian, and took the backseats to their own stories while they awaited their Prince. In other words, they were seen and not heard, and prized for their beauty alone.

Pretty girls don’t even need to be conscious to get some hot Prince action.

The older (and therefore supposedly less attractive) women were cruel. They were filled with jealousy and hatred, all because of the competition for the one perfect (and rich) Prince’s affections. Now that I think of it, The Bachelor TV show mimics many aspects of this theme.

How Messed Up Lessons From Disney Films Affect Us

Snow White… the whiter the skin… the younger the girl…

Snow White: Her 14-year-old burgeoning sexuality (and snow white skin) is a threat to another woman, so she’s killed. Her only asset, her beauty, is what saves her in the end. At first, it may seem terrible, being so beautiful that other women get jealous enough to try to kill you. But don’t worry, once your beauty attracts a man, he’ll protect you.

Cinderella: This 19-year-old blonde is saved from terrible living conditions, not by hard work, but by a Prince. He does this, not because her personality impressed him, but because she is young and beautiful. So, ladies, if you’re young and beautiful enough, don’t try to work hard or develop yourself to get out of a bad situation. Instead, just rely on your beauty and let a rich man save you.

So beautiful, she can snag a rich guy to save her without uttering a word.

Sleeping Beauty: Betrothed at birth to solidify a political position, she is then killed by another woman out of jealousy and spite. Her owner… ahem… fiance, saves her with a kiss, showing that pretty girls don’t even need to be conscious to get some hot Prince action. Again, sex is her only salvation. Oh, and she got only 18 lines of dialogue in the whole film.

The Princesses were seen and not heard, and prized for their beauty alone, always in competition with nasty older women for one Prince’s attention.

Overall Lesson: Youth trumps all. Older women are always less attractive (even very beautiful women) than teenage girls, and that makes them bitter. You don’t need a personality to win the best man. The most important thing in life is to beat our other women for the richest man’s affections.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 76 Comments

  1. Lucinda Hanslow

    The only two Disney princess movies I sort of disliked was sleeping beauty, and Snow White, but that’s about it. Originally my favorite princess movie was Aladdin, but I honestly don’t see jasmine as the main princess anymore.

  2. Lynda Diaz

    I forgot how much I love Disney princess movies after reading this.

  3. Joyce Gonzalez

    It’s like the people who think old Disney Princess movies are “classics”. HAVE YOU REWATCHED THEM THEY’RE SO CLICHE. LMAO

  4. Debra Perry

    When I was little, the only two Disney princess movies I watched were Pocahontas and Little Mermaid. Why? Because Pocahontas was brown, and Ursula in Little Mermaid turned into a cute brown girl. lmao.

  5. Melissa Richardson

    blame those Disney princess movies for girls being obsessed with being in a relationship, and feeling like they need someone to complete them.

  6. Annie Wright

    One time I watched all the Disney princess movies in order with my brother, and his girlfriend. We rated all the guys on 5 separate attributes to decide which one was best. Hercules and Shang were tied.

  7. Kathy Rogers

    I don’t care, I will still watch Disney Princess movies. I still love Ariel!!!!! ?

  8. Alice Torres

    I knew it since I was in high school. I love them all, but when I started to realize that it is wrong, that I should not fantasize them because it is wrong, that I should not copy what there are doing. I love them, but I don’t love the story.

  9. Denise Murphy

    Because the generation changes. Before, during the classic times, women are not that strong. They are depending on their partners, but look at how Disney changed the story? from being a dependent bitch, into a strong, and powerful woman.

  10. Julia Gray

    WTH. I used to love Ariel, but after reading this, and realizing that she’s worst than the others, I hate her now.

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