As many of you probably know, Disney’s live action Cinderella hits theaters Friday. I am ecstatic. I’ve already bought the soundtrack, the background on my phone is Ella and the Prince, I am already obsessed with this movie and I haven’t even seen it yet.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love Disney, and I especially love Disney Princesses. I always have. I always will. My mom had me watching all the old Disney classics before I could talk.
Case in point:
I mean, I really didn’t have a choice. I was indoctrinated. But I’m happy that I was. Disney was a huge part of my childhood and it remains a source of magic, love, and inspiration in my life to this day.
I’ve heard all the arguments. Disney gives young girls unrealistic expectations in love. All Disney Princesses want is a man to save them. Disney teaches girls to give up everything for guys they barely know.
Obviously, I don’t agree with these arguments. I was raised on Disney Princesses (heck, I was raised thinking I was a Disney Princess) and I have never felt inclined to throw everything away for a man. I never thought that my life should revolve around finding a husband. I never wanted it to. Instead, all those Disney Princesses I so loved and admired inspired me to dream of a life full of adventures and magic and yes, love. But love doesn’t necessarily have to mean romantic love.
My favorite Princess was always Ariel. I’ve made this known countless times here on this blog and on Twitter and in my everyday life. I loved her because she was different and because she wasn’t afraid to dream. I’ve heard the argument that she gave up everything for a man. While that is true, it’s also true that she was dreaming of the world above long before she met Prince Eric. She was curious, she was adventurous, and she was determined. That’s why I continue to admire her to this day.
I could sit here and make cases for Disney Princesses all day. Jasmine taught me to be independent. Meg taught me that good people sometimes make bad choices. Even Snow White taught me that chores are so much more tolerable with a little bit of music. Although I will admit, Snow White really isn’t that smart. In fact, she’s a downright ditz. But oh well.
For me, Disney will always be a reminder to me to believe in magic and to believe in possibilities. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. After all, if those who came before us had not dared to believe in the impossible, who knows where we would be today? Would man have walked on the moon? Would we have our modern medicine and scientific wonders? I don’t know. But I like to think that we, as a global community, will continue to believe in the impossible.