How many of you women would be willing to kiss a man and wake them up from a burly slumber, sweep them off their feet, strap them to the back of your white horse and take them off to a life of love and happiness in a foreign land?
Oh, it's supposed to be the other way around? Right, thanks Disney.
I feel like many of us fail so miserably at relationships today because when it all comes down to it, we have entirely unrealistic expectations about love. As a child, we see perfect happiness strung together by a beautiful young girl who sells her voice to the "devil" for a set of legs so she can become human and fall in love with Prince Eric, the love of her life. We see a girl who is victimized and has a spell cast on her by an evil jealous queen, but is rescued by Prince Charming and taken away on a white horse. Somehow a bunch of dwarves fit into that equation as well. We see a princess who's father is keeping her trapped in the palace to marry a King, until she's swept away by a peasant and taken to "a whole new world."
See what I'm saying? I mean, of course these stories give us hope and let us know that the right man or woman is out there for us, but do you think maybe they skew our view just a liiiiiiittle? In Disney, Prince Charming is never hairy, balding or overweight, he doesn't drive a beat up pick up truck, he doesn't leave his dirty socks on the bathroom floor, he doesn't pee in the shower, and he doesn't leave skid marks in his underwear.
Unless all that happens in the sequel..... they never do show us what happens once they're living happily ever after do they?
Same goes with the Princess, though. She doesn't appear to be horrible at the dishes, she always has her hair and makeup done just so, her legs are probably always shaved, she would never spend the day sitting on her couch in flannel PJ pants and her brother's old t shirt (no I am not doing this right now what are you talking about?) she wouldn't forget to flush the toilet, and she'd never sass a man who asked her to bring him a sandwich.
See? They live in perfect harmony. We do not. And in many cases, we're not happy with it. We're all "this isn't what I signed up for, this isn't what I visioned as a little kid, when I was a young girl fantasizing about my wedding he had a lot more hair and didn't fart so much." It's called the real world, and when did it become so.... real?
Now I just want to watch The Little Mermaid. Prince Eric was always my #1 prince, maybe because he has a thing for redheads, or just because he's a total hottie.
Do you think Disney gave you false hope now that you're grown up? Or did you always just think of it as entertainment? Who do you think was the hottest Disney Prince/Princess? Really, that is the most important question.