These have not been good times for the Disney brand. In fact, were he alive today and cognizant of the brand’s recent setbacks, I’d have to believe that Walt would be angrier than Mickey Mouse in the midst of a worldwide cheese famine.
The latest assault came in the form of a recent survey that says the various Disney “princesses” over the years (Think: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, etc.) have been detrimental to the self-image of young girls (I do think some of these researchers need to get a life, btw).
Regardless, here is today’s guest column penned by a self-proclaimed princess, Catharine Cody defending the late Mr. Disney and his veritable harem of cartoon princesses……
As a soon to be 28-year-old woman, I’ve grown up with the Disney princesses. I swam with Ariel as she defied her mermaid-stereotype and became a human. I fell in love with The Beast, just like Belle did, when I saw the person who was behind the face. I slept alongside Sleeping Beauty when she patiently waited for others to help her.
I still idolize the Disney princesses. Belle read every book she could get her hands on (so do I.) Ariel made a huge leap of faith to achieve happiness (I changed careers from broadcast to PR and have never been happier.) Sleeping Beauty was a patient princess who knew that sometimes, the most important things in life are worth waiting for (I’m patiently waiting for my brother to come home safely from his study abroad program in the Middle East.)
The Disney princesses didn’t harm me, they taught me valuable lessons. Do I wish I was a princess? No, I don’t need to. I AM a princess. Any girl who knows what she wants, educates herself and follows her passion is a princess.
I’m a better person for growing up with my princesses, and I know that if and when I have a daughter I’ll instill the same values in her.