The Hypocrisy of Hating the new Merida

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From Hip To Housewife

In world where more than 80% of ten year old girls admit to having been on a diet, it behooves us to pay attention to the messages we send little girls about their bodies.  So it is not without much thought and consideration that I say that I find the hysteria over Disney’s new iteration of their newest Princess, Merida, to be crazily out of proportion.

(Insert pause for the sound of people frothing at the mouth and biting my head off here)

Now before you go saying that I have already admitted, on this very blog, to have partaken of the Disney Kool-Aid, let me assure you that despite indulging in a little corporate Kool Aid, I am still fully capable of forming my own opinions – positive or negative – about Disney. So can you. Take a look for yourself:

Sorry.  But I just don’t think…

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Apologies.

Hi everybody.

So… I haven’t been on here in quite a long while and I just wanted to apologize.
I just had a lot on my plate recently what with university exams, christmas shopping, preparations for moving and various other things. It’s not like I’ve given up on this blog or anything, I’m still planning to continue this. So, that’s the good news.
The bad news is, I won’t be able to for a while longer, because of the festivities coming up, right after that I’ll move and then I’ll be busy with studying, studying, studying because I’ll have two incredibly important and incredibly hard exams coming up.
So yeah, life’s a little stressful right now and will continue to be for a while, but I hope you’ll forgive me 😉 I’ll certainly be back.

Anyways, now that this is said, I wanna wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year! I hope you’ll all have a great time with your families and friends 🙂

 

Prince Eric and Prince Philipp.

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Well, maybe you noticed that, concerning the video at least, we’re through with the Disney princesses. But maybe you also noticed, that the video covers the princes, too, at the end. And of course, we won’t just skip that 🙂 I originally planned to write about all of them in one post, but while writing the text about Prince Eric, I realized that this might get a little long… So I decided to split them in groups of two. First up: Ariel‘s Prince Eric and Aurora‘s Prince Philipp.

So, first of all, let’s have a look at what they supposedly teach us according to the video.

Prince Eric: “Be rich, famous, charming and good looking..”

Prince Philipp: “Be rich, famous, charming and good looking..”

And I guess those are supposedly the qualities that got the princes their girls. But is that so now? Well, let’s have a closer look and find out.

First we’re gonna have a look at what makes Ariel fall for Prince Eric.

The first time we can tell that Ariel likes him is when she mentions to Scuttle how handsome he is. So obviously, yes, his looks do play a role. Then again, she says that after she’s seen him interacting with his dog Max. And if you rewatch the scene and pay close attention, you might notice that Ariel only gets that really dreamy “I’m hopelessly in love”-kind of look on her face, after Eric gives his dog an incredibly warm “how could I ever be mad at you? I love you”-kind of look. The expression on his face in this short moment speaks volumes and it tells us a lot about his character.
That look implies that he’s kind and caring, not only to humans, but also to other living creatures like animals. If I may remind you, one of the reasons King Triton doesn’t trust humans, is that they are barbaric “savage, harpooning fish-eaters, incapable of any feeling of…” 
Eric’s behaviour in that scene shows that he’s nothing like that. At that point Ariel doesn’t even know he’s a prince, so I don’t think the facts that he’s rich and famous do count for her.
She learns of his royal status a few moment later though, when Grimsby presents the statue of Eric, a birthday present for him. And once again, Eric’s reaction is pretty insightful. He quite obviously does not like the present, but he tries to hide it and tells Grimsby that he’s impressed.
That kind of reaction tells us that Eric is not a self-centered, self-aggrandizing, arrogant prick, but a polite, down-to-earth young man.
This is also shown by his behaviour in general by the way, I mean… Instead of walking around stiffly in royal attire and ordering everybody about, Eric wears normal, comfortable clothes and behaves like everybody else on the ship, celebrates with them.
Furthermore, the way he talks to Grimsby also implies that he’s more the laid-back, easy-going (and again: down-to-earth) kind of guy.
Another thing that Ariel witnesses is when Eric talks about finding the “right girl”, which lets her know that he’s not interested in superficial relationships, but instead looking for love.
We already know a lot about Eric – impressive what just a few moments can tell us about people, huh? There’s still more though.
Another reason why King Triton mistrusts the humans is that they are, according to him, “spineless”.
Well, when Eric gets back on the burning ship and risks his own life in order to save his dog, he shows that he’s also nothing like that. Instead he’s brave, caring, kind to animals, and would do everything for the ones he loves.
Qualities worth admiring, if you ask me.
And after Ariel’s seen all of that, she states that she’s fallen for him. Well, who wouldn’t fall for a man with those qualities? Wait – which ones? That he’s rich, famous, charming and good looking? Umm.. No. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that the only of the latter qualities that had some importance in making Ariel fall for Eric, was that he’s good looking.
I mean, as I said before… she took a liking to him already before she knows he’s a prince and when she gets to know about that fact, she’s not freaking out like: “Oh Scuttle, did you hear that? He’s handsome and a prince, too! I think I’m in love with him!” – No. So you can cross out at least his financial and social status, because these aren’t what gets the girl to fall in love with him. It’s his admirable character traits, shown through his behaviour. If you’re male, you should take a leaf out of his book – there might just be a cute mermaid watching you.

If you’re more into actively courting your girl, Prince Philipp might be the right example for you.

Aurora has already fallen for him after their first encounter in the woods. Why though? Because he’s a prince, huh? Oh wait – she doesn’t even know he’s a prince when she meets him! Sorry if you got your hopes up, but also in this case we can cross out being rich and famous as qualities that make the girl fall in love with the guy. Well, good looking maybe? I guess nobody can deny that Philipp is quite the attractive young man. But is that enough to make Aurora fall for him? I  wouldn’t say so. After all, when she sees him, she wants to run away at first. Can you believe it? She really wants to run away from this incredibly handsome young man! Although he’s so handsome! Alright. I guess you get the point. Philipp is persistent though. He gently takes Aurora’s hand and excuses himself for scaring her.

Prince Philipp: I’m awfully sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you.

Very considerate of him, don’t you think? But still, Aurora has her qualms about him and turns away. Once again though, Philipp stays persistent.

Aurora: Oh, it wasn’t that. Is just that you’re a… a… 
[Aurora tries to run away again, Philipp takes her hand]
Philipp: A stranger? 
Aurora: Mm-hmm. 
Philipp: But don’t you remember? We’ve met before. 
Aurora: We… we have? 
Philipp: Well, of course. You said so yourself. [He lets go of her hands] Once upon a dream. [Aurora walks away]
[Philipp starts singing ‘Once upon a dream’ and slowly walks after her]

Ahh.. now isn’t that romantic? Oh, yes. It definitely is. But not only shows Philipp how romantic he can be here, he also shows that he’s quick-witted and intelligent. Furthermore, the fact that he remembers the whole text of ‘Once upon a dream’ shows that he actually listened to what she sang, what she said and therefore implies that he’s genuinely interested, not only in her beauty but also in her thoughts and dreams. And only after Philipp sang the whole chorus of the song, Aurora stops walking away, lets him take her hands and dances with him.
Besides, the fact that he sings Aurora’s song, in a genuine, not a mocking way, also shows her that he is capable of love, of returning love. I know, you think that’s completely ridicolous. I think you should take a look at the song Aurora sings before:

I wonder, I wonder,
I wonder why each little bird has a someone
To sing to, sweet things to,
A gay little love melody
I wonder, I wonder,
I wonder if my heart keeps singing,
Will my song go winging
To someone, who’ll find me
And bring back a love song to me.

She wishes for someone who brings back a love song to her after her love song reached them. And her love song is sung by her heart. So what it actually means that she wishes for someone who is capable of understanding and returning her feelings. And when Philipp sings her love song, he shows her that he is.
Let’s get back to the dancing though. I personally believe that the way you dance can also tell a lot about your character. When Philipp dances with Aurora, he always keeps a decent distance and his hands in proper places. He doesn’t invade her space, he doesn’t try to touch her in improper places. It shows that he’s well-mannered, he’s respectable and he respects her. And no, this kind of behaviour is sadly not to be taken for granted.
After the dance, Aurora walks ahead to the branch of a tree. Philipp approaches her slowly with his arm extended and very, cautiously puts his arm around her waist. Again, he proves to be very considerate, because with the way he’s doing it, he gives her a chance to make an objection and stop him. When he’s put his arm around her, he tilts his head in her direction, but waits for her to lay her head upon his shoulder first. He lets her decide what she’s comfortable with. And since Aurora does lay her head upon his shoulder, she obviously feels comfortable with him, safe, secure.
Then Philipp asks for Aurora’s name, which makes her qualms from earlier about him being a stranger surface again, so she runs away from him.
Philipp doesn’t press her about her name any longer, but calls after her to ask when he will see her again.

Aurora: Oh never, never! 
Philipp: Never?

Philipp sounds seriously shocked in that moment. But when Aurora offers him a small gleam of hope, when she answers that they’ll maybe see each other again someday, Philipp gets back his determination.
Philipp: When, tomorrow? 
Aurora: Oh no, this evening! 
Philipp: Where? 
Aurora: [while running away] At the cottage… in the glen.

So once again, Philipp shows Aurora that he’s genuinely interested in her, that he really wants to get to know her. But he also shows that he’s determined and that he goes for what he wants. So Aurora finally decides to really give him a chance.
And here their encounter ends. Again, we learned that a few moments can already tell a lot about somebody’s character. And again what makes the girl fall for the man, are not the facts that he’s rich and famous. Instead it’s what Aurora got to know about his character during their time together. It’s also not the fact that he’s good looking. Or rather, being good looking isn’t enough. It’s certainly a bonus though. So if you want to court the woman of your dreams, do take a leaf out of Philipp’s book. Be persistent, show interest, be attentive, listen, be respectful, be considerate, be gentle. Not as easy as being rich and famous, huh? Well, winning over a girl’s heart just isn’t.

A Feminist Defense of Ariel

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Great post about Ariel that I don’t wanna withheld from you! Found this a while ago already, but I wanted to wait with reblogging until I write about Ariel myself. But finally – here you are 🙂

Penny and Polly

I’m tired of rolling my eyes every time some schmo with a liberal arts degree strikes up the oh-so-original Disney Movies Are Sexist conversation. So no more eyerolling. Here is my well-argued and completely irrefutable feminist defense of Princess Ariel fromThe Little Mermaid. The film might not pass the Bechdel Test, but its protagonist is an A+ feminist role model.

(Yes, this was possibly the most influential movie of my formative years; yes, I learned to swim by shouting “I’M A FLOUNDER FISHY!” as I jumped into the backyard pool; yes, I was Ariel for Halloween for at least three years; and YES, I used to stand on tables and sing “Part of That World“ for my parents’ friends. “I’ve got whose-gits and whats-gits galore. You want thing-of-the-Bob’s? I’ve got plenty.” ((I made up the words I didn’t understand.)) I am biased. But I am still right.)

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Ariel.

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So.. Next up in our little series about the Disney princesses and what they supposedly teach us is the little mermaidAriel.

Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Ariel (The Little Mermaid) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The video about them says Ariel teaches us the following:

“It’s okay to abandon your family for a guy..”

and

“You have to be willing to drastically change your body to be with your man..”

Well… Both of that statements imply that the only thing that motivates Ariel to become human and leave the sea is (wanting to be with) Prince Eric. But that simply isn’t true. Whoever thinks so, has obviously only watched the second half of the movie. Or just ignored the first part, who knows. Ariel is incredibly fascinated by the humans and their world long before she gets to know Eric. We see her exploring shipwrecks, collecting anything made by humans and inquiring about everything connected to the human world. However, not only is she fascinated by that world, but she also wants to be a part of it. All this becomes quite clear with what Ariel sings in the cave where she stores all her collected objects – before she even sets eyes on Eric for the first time:

Look at this stuff isn’t it neat?
Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete?
Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the girl who has everything?
Look at this trove treasures untold
How many wonders can one cavern hold?
Looking around here you’d think
Sure, she’s got everything
I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty
I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore
You want thingamabobs?
I’ve got twenty
But who cares? No big deal – I want more
I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see them dancing
Walking around on those – what you call them? Oh – feet
Flipping your fins you don’t get too far
Legs are required for jumping, dancing
Strolling along down a – what’s that word again? Street, oh 
Up where they walk, up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wandering free wish I could be part of that world
What would I give if I could live out of these waters?
What would I pay to spend a day warm on the sand?
Betcha on land they understand
Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters
Bright young women sick o’ swimming ready to stand
And I’m ready to know what the people know
Ask them my questions and get some answers
What’s a fire and why does it – what’s the word? Burn
When’s it my turn? Wouldn’t I love?
Love to explore that shore up above?
Out of the sea wish I could be part of that world

Ariel states in this song that she feels trapped in her body or maybe rather the place she lives in – the sea. Her body and the sea don’t offer her the possibilities and the freedom that legs and the world on land could give her. For her, the life under the sea is just not the kind of life she wants for herself.
And yes, she only goes through with her wish of becoming human after she met Eric. But after all, the possibility only presents itself after she met him. Before Ariel simply doesn’t know of a way to become human.
I’m not even saying that Eric doesn’t have anything to do with Ariel’s decision. Her love for him sure adds to the motivation. He might even just be the final straw that breaks the camel’s neck and make her finally go through with it. But – and here’s the important point – he (or Ariel’s love for him) is not the only reason why she does it in the first place. He is not what even brings about her wish to become human. Ariel had that wish before already for completely different reasons.

It’s true though, Ariel does have to change her body in order to be with Eric. But why’s that? Doesn’t Eric love her as a mermaid? Umm… wait a second… yes! He does! When Ariel transforms back into a mermaid in front of Eric, it doesn’t change anything about his feelings for her. So why should Ariel change her body to be with him? Can’t she just remain as a mermaid and still be with Eric?
Umm… Well… No, not really. Being a mermaid makes it impossible to be with Eric, at least physically and constantly. As a mermaid she can’t be and live where he is and lives (and vice versa by the way). As a mermaid, Ariel couldn’t survive on land, same as Eric couldn’t survive under the sea as a human.
So, yes, the change of body is an inevitable requirement for Ariel to be with Eric. But that’s completely due to the given circumstances in their special case. It’s not something you should or can take out of context, generalize and sell as a common rule. That’s like saying “You have to use your feet to open a bottle” as a general rule for everybody, after you saw somebody doing that who did not have hands.
Ariel does not teach us, that we have to change our bodies to be with a man. And I don’t think any kid would get that impression from the movie. I certainly didn’t as a child.
Even if her love for Eric was the only thing that motivated Ariel to change her body, it wouldn’t be what she teaches us with it. What she teaches us, is that getting to be with somebody might not always be easy. You might have to make some effort in order to get to be with the one you love, because there might be obstacles on your way.  But Ariel also shows us that you can overcome those obstacles with love as your motivation. She teaches us that love will overcome any obstacle. That love has no boundaries – which is also a tagline of the movie.

As for the second statement – I already got a part of my point across, stating that she does not just do it for Eric.
But there’s a lot more wrong about this statement. You see, I wouldn’t even say Ariel does “abandon” her family in the first place. “Abandon” is a pretty negative expression. Abandoning someone means leaving them for good, giving up on them, dropping them like a hot potato.
Ariel does not do such a thing. After all, her family is present at her wedding, she still speaks to them, they are still in contact and she still loves them. Ariel only leaves her family in so far that she leaves the place where the rest of her family lives. She leaves home. Well, in case you didn’t know that before I’ll gladly bring to your attention, that pretty much everybody leaves home at some point in life. It mostly happens when people grow up and start living their own lives.
Even Sebastian realizes that:

Sebastian: Like I always say, Your Majesty, “children have got to be free to lead their own lives.”
What Ariel teaches us with leaving home is that it’s okay to grow up. It’s okay to go and start living your own life. That might mean you won’t live with your family anymore and you might not even see them everyday anymore. But it’s okay. It doesn’t change anything about them being your family. They will still love you and they will still be there for you. Because your family will still be your family, no matter what. It’s okay to grow up and start your own life. Because even as a grown-up woman, you’ll still be daddy’s little girl.

Ariel: I love you, Daddy.

I think this quote is a worthy last line for a text. So I’ll just leave it at that.

Snow White.

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So. Back to business and let’s get on with our lovely Disney Princesses and the not so lovely video about them. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the ‘fairest of them all’… Of course – Snow White!

Snow White (Disney)

Snow White (Disney) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the video, lessons she teaches us are said to be the following:

“Your only goal in life should be the acceptance of a man..”

and

“If you are beautiful enough, some women may try to kill you..”

Well, this time, let’s start with the second statement. What is that even supposed to tell us? Like what kind of lessons should we draw from that? “Don’t be beautiful”? Now, I think we all know that this would be totally ridicolous. But, for once, the statement above actually does speak truth. Because, what it actually states is, that there is jealousy in the world. Sometimes people might be jealous of you for something. And as a result, they might want to harm you in some way or another. Yes. True. There’s nothing to argue about that. The whole movie revolves just around that – the evil queen‘s jealousy and her thereby resulting efforts to kill Snow White. So maybe the lesson we should draw from the statement is that we should be aware of jealousy around us. That we shouldn’t walk around blindly and carefree and be careful instead.
But if that was the case wouldn’t it make more sense if the evil queen succeeded and Snow White actually died, so we truly learned our lesson? I certainly do think so. But it doesn’t happen after all. In the end, the evil queen’s attempt at murdering Snow White stays unsuccessful and Snow White lives. Happily ever after, if I may add. And the evil queen? Well, first of all, let me say that she doesn’t even end up as second in the list of the most beautiful. Why? Easy. She’s dead. Yeah, you heard right. The evil queen died. But how did that happen, you ask? Oh boy, you really didn’t pay attention, did you? To make it short – she dug her own grave. And no, she didn’t kill herself on purpose. The huge rock that smashed her was, if it were up to the evil queen at least, actually supposed to smash the seven dwarfs. Oh right, there’s something else. When she dies, she’s far from being beautiful. She dies as an old, ugly hag.
And with the evil queen’s death and the circumstances of it, you finally got your true lesson. Jealousy and envy will get you nowhere. And even more importantly: biters will be bitten. Or curses, like chicken, come home to roost. However you wanna phrase it.
Quite the important lesson, if you ask me. Even if it isn’t directly Snow White who teaches it. After all though, Snow White is already occupied with teaching us how our only goal in life should be the acceptance of a man. Or is that so?
Snow White is looking for acceptance, yes. For example, she wants to be accepted by Grumpy. I can’t blame her for that. Of course she doesn’t want people to dislike or even hate her. I guess it’s safe to say that nobody really wants that. But Grumpy’s acceptance isn’t Snow White’s life goal. Maybe the statement refers to Snow White’s wish at the beginning of the movie then:

“I’m wishing for the one I love to find me today.
I’m hoping and dreaming of the nice things he’ll say.”

The second line here implies yearning for acceptance in a way, too. She just wishes for somebody who treats her right, for once, after she’s been treated badly by her stepmother her whole life. And for now, at least as far as we know, that’s the only thing she wishes for. But I don’t think this can be seen as Snow White’s overall life goal. Because a goal is something, that you actually need to achieve, something you need to work for. And that’s also what it sounds like in the statement above: as if Snow White dedicates her whole life and everything she does to earning the acceptance of a man. But that’s not how it is. Snow White doesn’t work for the acceptance of a man. Neither does she need to nor does she even want to. She wishes for somebody who just does treat her right and therefore accepts her. Point. Just like that. The acceptance of a man might be something she wants, but it’s nothing she wants to dedicate her life to and it’s also not the only thing she wants in life.
I know, I know, you’re already wracking your brain about where she mentions something else she wants. Well, don’t worry, I will enlighten you.
Later in the movie Snow White sings:

“Someday my Prince will come
Someday we’ll meet again
And away to his castle we’ll go
To be happy forever I know
Someday when spring is here
We’ll find our loved one
And the bees will sing
And wedding bells will ring
Someday when my dreams come true”

That’s exactly the same, you say? Well, I don’t agree at all. Snow White states here that she wants to meet (and later marry) the man she loves again, the prince, the man who accepts her. True. But is this the end already, the goal? Umm.. no. Meeting him again and therefore getting to be with him is only what gives her the possibility to go “away to his castle”, which in turn makes it possible “to be happy forever”. But why does she want to go away and why is that obviously a requirement for being happy?
Well, at that point in the story, Snow White already knows that her stepmother wants to kill her. Her stepmother, who happens to be the queen and therefore rule over the whole territory of the kingdom. So as long as Snow White stays on her territory, she lives constantly in imminent danger and therefore has to stay hidden, which means that she can’t really do anything and she’s pretty much trapped. And as long as that i the case, there’s also not really anything to achieve, to aspire for her in life. What Snow White ultimately wants is happiness. So I guess you could say that this is her life goal. Good one in my opinion. But before Snow White can achieve happiness, she needs to be given the circumstances that allow her to do so. And a circumstance that she obivously deems necessary is also freedom, since leaving the place where she’s nothing but trapped is a requirement.
I know, she still goes away in the end even though the queen is dead. But whatever. It’s irrelevant. The point is, her life goal isn’t the acceptance of a man. It’s something she might want, but it’s just not her overall goal in life. Her goal is happiness. And freedom.
And no, she does not get out of her bad situation on her own. Similar to Cinderella she’s (in a way) saved by a man in the end. But just like Cinderella’s story, Snow White’s story is supposed to give us hope. Hope for justice and hope for a happy ending.

And actually, Snow White teaches us a multitude of important things throughout the movie. But as I said in previous posts already, we’ll get back to that later. I’m already looking forward to it!

Aurora.

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So, after all this talk about artwork related to Disney, let’s get back to the original topic – what Disney princesses teach us. The next princess we’re gonna have a look at, like we did already with Belle.Jasmine. and Cinderella., will be Aurora from ‘Sleeping Beauty‘. I have to admit that her case is a little more difficult than the ones before, since, well.. she’s asleep throughout the main part of the movie. Nonetheless, Aurora does teach us a few things.

Aurora (Disney)

Aurora (Disney) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the video, I’ve been referring to in the other posts already (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yAqgatzuT0&feature=plcp), said things are said to be the following:

“In life you can let someone else make all of your decisions for you..”

and

“It’s ok to be with the man who molests you in your sleep..”

First things first, let’s have a closer look at the first statement. In order to do so, let’s find out the points where others decide for Aurora. I guess the first occasion here would be the fairies’ decision to take her away from her parent’s castle and raise her in a little hut in the woods. Well, Aurora is a baby at that point, so it’s not like she has the ability to decide that for herself – guess we can skip that one then.
At which point does the next decision others make for her take place then? I really can’t be sure about that. After all, if you’re being really pedantic, you could already see the fact, that she accepts being ushered out of the door and sent to go collect berries by the fairies, as a decision she lets others make for her. I actually don’t even think that’s worth discussing, but… you never know what kind of people will read this! So… let me just remind you of the reason for the fairies to send Aurora outside: they are planning a surprise for her birthday. Aurora can’t very well be present for that, can she now? At the same time though, Aurora is very well aware of the fact that the three are planning something for her. [If you don’t believe me rewatch the movie – her face in that scene speaks volumes. (Aside from the fact that she actually asks them what they are planning when she comes down)]. And that makes her accept their request, even though it seems illogical to her because she already collected berries the day before. You wanna learn something from Aurora? Well, here’s your first lesson: Don’t ruin your own birthday surprise!
In the following scenes, we learn from Aurora that the fairies don’t want her to meet anyone and it is implied, that so far (aside from her dreams), she followed their request. I have some major qualms about seeing that one as “letting others decide for you”. And as always, I won’t wittheld my reasons.
First of all, I think it is safe to say that the fairies request that from her, because they want to protect her. After all, Maleficent is still out there, looking for Aurora in order to take her life. In addition, the fairies are having a hard time accepting the fact that Aurora has grown up and is not a child anymore. Aurora says herself, that they still treat her as one. So isn’t it normal anyways for parents or the respective guardians to not want their child to talk to strangers? And wouldn’t you want your child to listen to you in that matter? Even if you aren’t a parent yet (I’m not either), that should be understandable. I’m pretty sure all of us have been told the same as a kid. So even though Aurora does not know about Maleficent, I don’t think her acceptance of that ‘rule’ (up to this point!) should be seen negatively – it’s merely a child listening to her parents (or in this case her godmothers). Besides, I don’t think she has much of a choice here. From what she tells her animal friends, it doesn’t sound like she ever even had the possibility to meet anybody, which would be plausible, since I doubt that a lot of people pass in those woods – otherwise the fairies would hardly have picked that place as a hideout.
But then somebody does pass – Phillip – and so Aurora does finally meet someone and defies the ‘rule’ laid upon her by her godmothers. That makes my argumentation from before, about Aurora being a child listening to her godmothers, untenable, you say? Umm.. I disagree. I clearly said this was valid up until a certain point – in this case ‘now’, but I think that if Aurora had been given a possibility before, it might have been earlier. What I actually want to say is, that, as a child, Aurora lets the fairies decide what is best for her (in this case: staying away from strangers) and simply accepts their rules, which is pretty normal for a child. When she grows up though, she’s apparently sick of being shut out from the rest of the world and wants to make her own experiences and decisions.
So she complains to her animal friends:

Aurora: Oh, dear. Why do they still treat me like a child? 
Owl: Who? 
Aurora: Aunt Flora, and Fauna, and Merryweather. They never want me to meet anyone.

Which sounds to me more like: “They never give me a possibility to meet anyone.”
But then the possibility comes along nonetheless, in the form of Prince Phillip. Being cautious towards him at first, since he is, after all, a stranger, Aurora proves to indeed be grown up and responsible enough to deal with such. I know there will be many people who disagree with that, probably saying that it isn’t responsible behaviour to trust this stranger after such a short moment. Well, for starters: she does not just trust him. After all, she doesn’t tell him her name and she only decides to let him meet her again and therefore tells him where she lives at the very end of their encounter, during which he’s been nothing but genuinely nice and charming and he certainly did not try do harm her in any way or even press her to give away important details about herself. And besides… don’t tell me you don’t do the same. We all determine if somebody is likeable or not, therefore probably also if they are somewhat trustworthy or not, within seconds. You can’t deny that. It’s proven through scientific studies.
But even if that wasn’t the case… when you meet a man – at a party for example – do you ask him for his criminal record certificate before agreeing to dance with him? … Right. I didn’t think so either.
Anyways… so Aurora decides to interact with this stranger and at the end even invites him to her home for the evening. So there you got one decision she makes for herself. But then she gets home and the fairies tell her, that, no, she will not see this guy again, since she’s already promised to a prince, because she is in reality princess Aurora and she will go back to the castle and therefore her parents, the kind and queen, the same evening. And even though she does express her dislike of these circumstances and unwillingness to even believe them,  in the end she lets the fairies bring her to her actual home, the castle. So she lets others decide for her? Umm… I guess you could say, that, in a way, yes, she does. After all, she could have refused to go with them or something like that. But who can actually blame her? This girl is, although not a child anymore, only 16 years old and has lived her life completely sheltered from the rest of the world so far. Then she gets to know that her whole life has been a complete lie, that not only she does have parents, but also they are king and queen, which makes her a princess, who is to be married to some prince she does not know (supposedly). I mean seriously… give her a break! The girl is shocked and confused with probably an infinite multitude of conflicting feelings about the news. No wonder she doesn’t have the strength to fight her three godmothers and their plan in that situation.
Then again, what is there really to fight? After all, what Flora, Fauna and Merryweather tell her, that she is a princess and her parents are the king and the queen, is nothing to argue about. She could have refused going to the castle on that same evening, but obviously she chose not to. Instead she chose to leave the safe confines of her childhood and teenage years, that sheltered her completely from the outer world, straight away and face reality.
This is something that Aurora teaches us – that you cannot hide away from reality forever. There will be a point in life, where you just have to face it and grow up. Same goes for all the problems that come with it – it doesn’t do to run away from them, you have to face them – which is exactly what Aurora does.
And no, she does not waltz into the castle with her head held high and a defiant posture, demanding to be given explanations and stating she does not want to be married to a stranger. Once again… give the girl a break! Facing all of these problems is what it ultimately comes down to and her decision to go and do so instead of running away, is incredibly brave of her if you ask me. She should at least be allowed to have some time alone to let out her feelings with everything she goes through at that point. Try to put yourself in her shoes for a moment! I bet you wouldn’t feel any better in her situation.
One thing she could fight is the prospect of being married off to some prince she doesn’t even know (supposedly). We’ll never know if she would though, since first of all it turns out that she does know and like the prince she’s promised to and secondly she doesn’t get a possibility to speak to her parents before she finds out it’s Phillip. So.. whatever.
And then, yeah… Phillip. The man who molests you in your sleep? Seriously? If you think so, then I really hope your boyfriend never tries to wake you up with a kiss, since he might go to jail for it.
No, but seriously now… Phillip is the man she’s in love with – granted, she fell for him rather fast, but who can blame her? Such a genuine, kind, charming, attractive, determined young man… 🙂 So I guess she wouldn’t have a problem with him kissing her anyways.
But more importantly… Phillip’s kiss is the only thing that can wake her from her otherwise eternal sleep and he knows that. Maleficent tells him that herself to mock him while he is imprisoned by her.

Maleficent: Oh come now Prince Phillip. Why so melancholy? A wondrous future lies before you – you, the destined hero of a charming fairy tale come true. Behold – King Stefan’s castle. And in yonder topmost tower, dreaming of her true love, the Princess Aurora. But see the gracious whim of fate – why, ’tis the self-same peasant maid, who won the heart of our noble prince but yesterday. She is indeed, most wondrous fair. Gold of sunshine in her hair, lips that shame the red red rose. In ageless sleep, she finds repose. The years roll by, but a hundred years to a steadfast heart, are but a day. And now, the gates of a dungeon part, and our prince is free to go his way. Off he rides, on his noble steed, a valiant figure, straight and tall! To wake his love with “loves’ first kiss”! And prove that “true love” conquers all!

But before he even gets to kiss her, Phillip has to get through a forest of thorns, which is created by Maleficent to bring about his death and when that doesn’t work out, she turns into a huge, tremendous, terrifying dragon to kill him herself. Phillip, determined, brave young man that he is though, manages to fight and kill her to get through to the girl he loves.
So, yes, I would say that it is definetely okay to be with the man who risks his own life and does what he has to do in order to save you.

Actually, I think he’s the one that teaches us the most throughout the movie anyways. But we’ll get back to that when I’m finished with the princesses or rather the statements from said video about them.

Jon Feld Arts: Princess Series.

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Since we’ve been talking about Disney artwork… Well, I just had a look at my wordpress-reader, where I saw a new post from a blog that I follow – JON FELD ARTS. Upon seeing the post, I realized that I totally forgot to mention his works in the other post about Disney artworks – shame on me! So, since I don’t wanna withheld these amazing pieces of art from you, here is one example:

 

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– Beauty and the Beast by Jon Feld Arts.

You can see the rest of the ‘Princess Series’ on his blog: http://www.jonfeldarts.com

Nomination.

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I’m overwhelmed by the fact that AnaHSwan nominated me for the ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’. That really came as a surprise for me. I’m not sure if I even deserve this and therefore I wasn’t actually sure if I should participate at first, but then again I am so so happy about it and I think it might seem kind of ungrateful not to. So, yeah, I do participate and  AnaHSwan – I can’t even express how happy you made me with your nomination! Thank you so much!

SEVEN RANDOM FACTS

  1. I am obsessed with Disney – guess that didn’t come as a surprise to you.
  2. I speak 4 different languages, mother tongue included.
  3. I love football (as in soccer).
  4. I’m a student at university.
  5. I own loads of dresses, although I mostly wear jeans in everday life.
  6. I never really moved, though I’ve lived in another country for a year.
  7. I love books.

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