Some of you mentioned my unedited character examination of the Disney princesses. I took it out of the original because I didn't want people to think I obsessed about the disney princesses. There were some requests for it to reappear, so here it is in all of its glory:
Shall we discuss the princesses individually?
Cinderella-- As far as cartoon characters go Cinderella is a pretty good role model. She is a hard worker, she doesn't complain, she is smart, kind to those who are cruel, creative (she did make clothes for mice, after all) and she shows a lot of grace under pressure. She also dresses modestly. (Three cheers for Cindy!) However, she is a little obsessed with "dreams" and "dreaming" and virtually all of her friends are animals unless you count the prince.
Ariel--Ariel, Ariel, Ariel. Let us all pray we never have child like this. Besides wearing nothing but a bikini top for most of the show, she likes to keep secrets, she isn't dependable, she takes unnecessary risks, and as my friend Melissa put it, "she runs away from home, sells her soul to the devil and when it is time for her to face her consequences her daddy caves in and gives her legs." We don't watch this movie in our house.
Jasmine--I like Jasmine. She is the only princess who dreams about living OUT of a palace instead of IN the palace. She wants to be loved for who she is rather than what she is. Although I have to keep reminding the girls that it is not okay to dress like Jasmine.
Sleeping Beauty--my least favorite princess because she has no personality. The prince in this show has more personality than her. The prince's horse has more personality than her. She has less speaking parts than any other character in the movie and she spends most of the movie asleep or in a trance.
Snow White--I can't give her a fair rating since I haven't see the movie for about 15 years. However she does get high marks for modesty.
Belle--Now here is a good princess. She honors her father by defending him against the ridicule of townspeople, Gaston and the beast. She then sacrifices her freedom for his safety. She is smart (reads a lot), brave, and in the end she chooses love over appearance. It is a good thing, too, because I think the beast looked better as an animal than the girly-looking guy he turned into. Thumbs down for modest gowns, however.