When I was growing up, the Disney Princesses of the early ’90’s were in full force. Ariel, Belle and Jasmine were everywhere and I loved them. They wanted to explore the world and read books and choose her own husband. Getting older I starting watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and felt all sorts of ‘I am woman, hear me roar’. This recent controversy with Disney and their beautification of Merida from “Brave” made me think about the role models that are out there for young girls. For every Merida or Buffy, there is a Kardashian or a Bella Swan. Either you are a vain airhead or you are so dependent on a man that you make yourself sick and are willing to kill yourself when he breaks up with you. The Twilight obsession really bothered me when I saw how girls would swoon over this Edward/Bella love affair and I’m sitting there internally screaming “He’s abusing her emotionally!”
I guess the bottom line is, why can’t we let girls kick ass at being the girls they want to be? Why does a Disney princess need makeup and a pretty dress to be considered a “princess”. While Princess Kate always looks lovely, it’s not all there is about her. She’s educated, she’s involved in charities, she married Prince William because she loved him, not because it was arranged for her. The same with Princess Diana, almost 20 years after her death she is known for her amazingly huge heart and her influence on the people of Britain. Her clothes and style are not all there was about her.
If a girl loves makeup and dolls, great. If they want to pick up a bow and learn how to use it after watching “Brave”, fantastic. Lets leave the checklist at home and let the future doctor/author/stay at home mom or whatever figure it out her own way.