Friday, August 14, 2009

Once Upon A Time

Once upon a time,
In a land far, far away,
There lived a beautiful Princess

Sound familiar?
Yes, the innocent bedtime stories passed down from one generation to another brain washing little boys and girls and teaching the lessons of life.

But what are they teaching?

That women are especially desirable when they are passive?

They are either passive victims, decorative figures, or must die in order to be loved?

If they resist these roles, they are punished or portrayed as evil or mad?

And that girls still cannot help themselves out of trouble without being rescued by a Prince?

And let’s not forget the evil step-mother, sisters, witch, or some other evil female figure. You can almost be certain that the bad guys are….bad girls.

Young girls are still valued for their beauty while older women are represented as witches!

In recent years Disney has tried to create stories with more positive role models for girls, but at a closer look, these stories still portray a repetition of the old themes – beautiful unnaturally thin girls are rewarded by the love of a prince they barely know. But they still live happily ever after……………….?

Or do they???

Princess Bubble is about a princess who is confused by the message found in traditional fairy tales that she must find her Prince Charming in order to live “happily ever after.” In the story, she is a college grad who travels the world as an airline attendant, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Then, several of her friends get married and her mother tells her it is time for her to find her Prince. She signs up on, interviews her married friends and goes on several dates, but she isn’t happy. Finally, with a little help from her Fairy God Mother, she discovers that she doesn’t need to find a prince to be happy. She already is happy!

Statistics –

The 3 most common disorders in young girls are low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders.

In 2003, breast implants rose from 3,827 to 11,326 in girls under age 18.

Girls age 12 – 19 spent over $8 million on cosmetics in 2005.

Excepts taken from – Take a Look!

Are you waiting to be rescued????

Never let the hand you hold, hold you down.

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