"Calm down, they're only cartoons," you're probably thinking — and you're absolutely right.
BUT, you have to admit, Disney created some pretty questionable dos and don'ts for the dating world.
In The Little Mermaid, a girl goes exactly where she's not supposed to (the surface), meets her people's greatest predator (humans), and becomes infatuated enough to essentially sell her soul for a potential husband (If spending your life as a sentient shrimp cocktail in waiting doesn't qualify as at least some level of hell, you've got some personal empowerment issues to work out). Extending beyond the realm of the back-water hills of Appalachia, digging your sister stretches over the Atlantic and hits the Savannah. An orgy is simply quality "family time." Disney movies that have a parent tragically taken from the poor main character: Really when you break it down, you have a movie empire built on the back of making children consider the prospect of being orphaned, while also teaching them that this will somehow make their life fuller.
After catching her on the surface, her father confronts her about her "adventure," and she declares, "I'm 16-years old. We're all for teaching kids important life lessons through art, but speaking from childhood memory, there's something macabre about herding a group of small children into a close, dark space, flooding their senses with light and sound, and killing an effigy of one of their closest relationships right in front of their young, innocent eyes.
You may have forgotten, but she isn't really a blonde.
In the movie, her hair was a dark orange but she appears a fair blonde all over her merchandise.
Then Disney will use some excuse to trot them out and allow us to gaze upon their glory for a limited time only and hold a parade all over the media about what a special opportunity we are all being given.
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Disney Princesses were our role models growing up, and there's still a whole lot of advice they can give us in adulthood — especially when it comes to dating!
For decades, Disney princesses have been seen as role models and icons for young children, starting back in 1937 with the OG Disney princess Snow White.
Growing up, I connected more so with the female animals in Disney films, such as Nala from "The Lion King," Olivia from "The Great Mouse Detective" and even Miss Bianca from "The Rescuers" series. Because these ladies didn't spend the majority of their films pining after a man and true love and all that crap.