Editor’s Note: This is a Rebuttal to Stephanie Watson’s article written for hellogiggles.com titled, “The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Things Disney has Taught Us.”
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Once upon a time the fairytale was a unique narrative with cohesive themes and understood meaning. Today, as more and more blog writers sink their teeth into princesses, princes, and magic – the actual nature of the fairytale seems to be lost on an entire generation. I can pinpoint at least three reasons for this: a deficit in the rational understanding of gender, a growing trend of secularism ignorant of religious motifs, and the rise of realism as a backlash against optimism.
On Manhood and Womanhood
Few things are more interesting than to listen to two women with polar-opposite views, discuss Disney fairytales. On both ends, these girls most likely grew up with biased families. One’s mom probably dressed her daughter in Belle costumes for Halloween, while the other encouraged her daughter to wear a scary outfit. What I’d like to argue is not that women should, or should not, strive to be like a Disney princess. I’d like to argue that some women (and men) don’t understand the point of the Disney princess to begin with.