Permission to Admire Yourself GRANTED!

I crunched on a deliciously salty tortilla chip covered in fresh, spicey salsa and thought about how I shouldn’t be eating it. I had had a big lunch and really wasn’t that hungry for dinner, but I love Mexican food… I kept crunching and looked across the table at my date… my mom! Her day had been spent thinking about our upcoming move, her church activities, her daughters, and work. We sat in silence for a while (except for the chip crunching of course) before I asked:

“Mom, what do you admire most about yourself?” Continue reading “Permission to Admire Yourself GRANTED!”

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Fighting for a Whole New World

dettoldisney.wordpress.comLike a splash of cold water, 1992’s Aladdin presented a new kind of Disney Princess—one who was ethnic and wore pants! Before we get too excited, let’s remember: she’s dressed like a belly dancer with a twig-like waist, at one point she’s literally bound in chains, and she’s only a supporting character because (get this) Aladdin is actually about Aladdin. In many ways, Jasmine is a blatant example of an objectified, ignorant “little woman” whose value depends on marriage. But before we condemn her as the worst Disney Princess role-model yet, let’s look again. Actually, no princess fights against her “supporting role” more. Perhaps if we fought against the media’s unrealistic standards of beauty and other social injustices with the consistency and passion of Jasmine we might witness more progress. Continue reading “Fighting for a Whole New World”

Belle: The People’s Princess

Belle-Wallpaper-disney-princess-28960238-1280-800The day I met Belle, I became a princess. Beauty and the Beast introduced a different kind of heroine. Unlike her predecessors, Belle didn’t have talking animal companions, didn’t grow up in a castle, didn’t have fairies to help her, and she wasn’t a mythical creature. No, Belle came from a small town, lived with a loving parent, and was quirky, sassy, and smart. Suddenly every average Jane (or Megan) with her nose in a book, who didn’t fit in, and who felt she was meant for something more had a Disney princess that represented her. What’s more, she inspired every girl to look beyond the surface to see true inner beauty. Did Disney finally create the perfect princess? Continue reading “Belle: The People’s Princess”

Be Part of YOUR World

The Disney Renaissance hit us with The Little Mermaid and its body bearing heroine, Princess Ariel. A spirited and rebellious explorer, Ariel is determined to escape the oppressive world of the sea to the freedom of the earth above. However, her sudden love for a complete stranger and the stripping of her voice to achieve her dream undercuts her individuality and shows that she simply escapes one form of oppression to enter another. Furthermore, her scanty attire, which doesn’t just display a belly button, but her hip and pelvic bones as well, forces unnecessary attention on the physical form thus perpetuating unhealthy body consciousness and comparisons among young girls. Where’s the glimmer of hope for Ariel as a positive media image for women? Believe it or not, there is hope. Ariel illustrates determination and gumption to live by one’s own rules despite obstacles. She proves that achievement of personal freedom, self-expression, and individual fulfillment comes from defining and being a part of YOUR world. Continue reading “Be Part of YOUR World”