Lesson #2: Life is NOT a Disney movie


Most girls grow up watching Disney movies, particularly Disney princess movies. However, do we ever stop to think about how those movies have formed our minds and expectations out of life? Even as a kid there were certain Disney princess movies that bothered me because of their portrayal of life, but as a grown adult, I can see far more that is wrong with Disney movies.

Here are some life lessons that are contrary to Disney movies:

 You cannot look like a Disney princess

If you have ever paid attention, you will see that Disney princess’ waists are tiny. Beyond tiny. Look at their eyes. They are huge. As deviantART artist Meridith Viguet describes, “They look golf-ball sized and somehow, despite whatever lighting they’re in, their pupils never, EVER get smaller.” On top of that all Disney princesses have slender necks and demure shoulders. They also lack hips and have tiny feet.

In real life this is not attainable for any female. While I cannot blame little girls for loving these Disney characters, they need to be aware of the fact that they are unrealistic and beauty can be found without those extreme characteristics.

Dating a criminal is not a good idea

I have not met many girls who have not fallen in love with Flynn Ryder. However, Tangled would not be quite so romantic in real life. Same goes for Aladdin. While these are cute movies where the thief falls in love with a princess and leaves behind his bad ways, this does not normally happen in real life. Chances are, if you decide to date a criminal, he is not going to change. He’s just not. In general, men are not going to just change because you date them. You are not a Disney princess, after all.

 True love is not easily found or kept

Disney movies portray love as if you can just know it in an instant. They have no problem with the idea of love at first sight. In most cases the heroine does not know the hero for long before she deems herself “in love”. Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Pocahontas are examples of this.

In real life, love takes a lot longer to take form than a few minutes or even a few hours. Love takes time to grow, and it is difficult to discern what is and isn’t true love.

 Princes Charming does not always ride in on a white horse to save the day

Taylor Swift got one thing right when she sang, “I’m not a princess, this ain’t a fairy tale, I’m not the one you’ll sweep off her feet, lead her up the stairwell.” In real life, the prince does not always ride in at the last minute to save the day. In reality, many times you have to be your own hero.

 There are no happily ever afters

While Disney movies typically end with a happily ever after, this does not happen in real life. In real life, a kiss or a wedding does not ensure happiness. Happiness is a journey and not a destination. It takes constant effort and there will always be challenges.


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