I think it is no accident that Rapunzel was added to the Disney stable of princesses, right after Disney finally got around to creating their first African American princess.
Tiana also spends a large portion of the movie as a frog. How is this a celebration or even ground breaking, when she is not drawn with kinky hair and is then immediately erased to become an amphibian? She does get her prince charming, but unlike Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, or Ariel, she does not go off to lead a life of leisure in a castle; she gets to own a restaurant, where she will spend her days working. Some may say that this is a modernized fairytale, attempting to take lessons from the woman’s movement, but I believe that it tells us that real luxury is the preserve of Whiteness. Tiana is an “other” when juxtaposed to every other Disney princess and Rapunzel simply represents a return to what Disney does best, promoting the image of the fragile and extremely valuable White woman.
That is a valid point, but I feel like that was not their intention. Also note that Tiana is a hell of a lot smarter than all the other princesses. She can fend for herself and doesn’t need someone to rescue her or help her with anything. There’s something to be said for that.
If anything, one could argue that disney is portraying white girls as ditzy and too up on a high horse to actually work for their money.
Tiana came from a great family. Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White come from shit family lives. Jazmine has a wackadoo constantly following her, and Aurora spends her whole life in hiding secluded from the world. Ariel always wants more. Belle is surrounded by shallow, superficial people and then gets captured and taken into a castle. They’re all strong girls.
But I’d venture to say that Tiana is the best off out of all of them because she had a childhood surrounded by love, and on top of that, she achieves her dreams. She’s strong enough to stick up for herself and doesn’t take anyone else’s shit. I think you’re focusing too much on one point. In my opinion, all of the princesses are on a level playing field. They all have their good points and bad points. Except for Ariel who is a greedy whiner (but I still totally love her).
What if, mirrors aren't just our reflections, but actually ourselves, but living a different life. What if it only stops & looks the same when you look at it, but as soon as you look away, your own different lives continue?
I got into Pratt (the only school I applied to). Just in case you haven’t been with me long or I’m just ridiculously vague sometimes and you weren’t sure. (I know I can be).
Anyway. For the past few months, I had really convinced myself that I wouldn’t get into Pratt. I never really think of myself as good enough for anything. I have rather low self-esteem. It’s always been rather low, but lately, it’s gotten worse. I have three younger siblings. Two sisters and a brother. My oldest-younger sibling is 15- two years younger than me. I never really felt jealous of her before, other than the fact that she weighs significantly less than me. I’m not fat. I’m just about forty pounds over what I’d like to weigh. Anyway. My sister suddenly just became like gorgeous, and she suddenly has all these guys trailing after her. Even with braces, she’s what I could never be. So I’ve just been feeling a little out of place lately. And I can’t even hate her because she seems to like love me for some reason.
Back to college thoughts now. I had convinced myself I wouldn’t get into Pratt; it’s not an easy school to get into by any means, especially for fashion. They have small class sizes to keep it much more personal and creative. So basically, hard to get into as I said before.
In thinking I wouldn’t get in, I started toying with the idea of taking a year off and just working and traveling and focusing on creative things. Just becoming me I guess.
So now I get the news that I got into Pratt, and at first I was happy, but then I realized I was crying. I just felt like a whole part of me was crashing to the ground.
I just don’t know what I want to do. I don’t want to give up this opportunity because I know when I went to Pratt this summer, I loved it.
But I really loved the idea of going to school in London, and I can always do a study abroad program, but it just won’t be the same.
I guess I was just expecting more time to get everything figured out. And now I’m just afraid. I don’t want to make the wrong decision.
At the beginning of high school, I made the decision not to transfer to a semi-local performing arts high school, and lately that decision has been haunting me. I hate making choices. I hate giving up on things. I feel like I’m giving up dreams and with each choice I lose a part of me.
I. Just don’t know what to do. I really don’t know what to do. I’m scared. I wish I knew how it would all play out. I hate not knowing my possible futures.
criticism on my incoherent rambling where I use the words so and anyway much too often?Advice/thoughts/anything????