Yesterday, I stumbled upon Princess Diaries by chance on TV and watched it. I know it s a pre-teen movie and in theory I am way too old and intellectual for that kind of movie, but I am a sucker for Disney movies. Every little girl has always wanted to be a princess in a fairy tale especially a Disney one, where life is filled with colorful characters, evil characters are ugly, the prince is always handsome and the ending is always happy. Come to think of it, even big girls want to be a Disney princess. All through my childhood I have been mesmerized and fascinated by the different stories and back drops of the animated characters, on a deeper note though they all seem to be a positive influence on girls unlike some of the violent cartoons of today.
Cinderella manages to find her prince even though she lives a tough life after losing her father and being treated like a maid by her step mother and step sisters.
Ariel is an explorer and defies her father, King Titan to follow her enthrallment with all things human and then fights for her prince. I have always had a soft spot for the mermaid with her red hair and amazing world under the sea.
Pocahontas teaches tolerance of other cultures and shows that acceptance and respect really can go a long way.
Snow White is a princess who learns the hard way that trust should be earned not given to anyone, and that even tiny dwarfs can be yours best friend.
Belle from Beauty and the Beast learns that even ugly beings can be really beautiful inside.
I could go on forever, and even though I know that I am slightly dancing on the cheesy side of life, I think ever girl is a princess in her own world and should be encouraged to believe she is (without being catty or bitchy). If I am blessed with a little girl I think I would like to read her the stories first and explain why she too is a princess, a princess who can grow up to be a scientist, a doctor, an artist or anything else she wants to be and then let her enjoy the movie on her own. The world really is a girl’s kingdom we just have to teach them and show them how it can be.