To be honest though, I did fall into that camp for a while in my teens. I mean, I still loved the princess movies, but I definitely looked down on the heroines for doing nothing and falling for the guy who saves them.
After further analysis, I now understand why that thinking is unfair to the characters and to women.
That means, we can actually trace the changes women experienced through a chronological look at the Disney princesses. You can watch the second wave of feminism change the behaviors between Aurora and Ariel. That also means that we can infuse our modern thinking into the actions the princesses take. This series is all about how modern ladies can act like the princesses, no swooning or being saved allowed!
So to start us off, here are three things you can do that mimic the princesses!
1. Read (and reread) Books: We see both Belle and Rapunzel rereading favorite books, to re-immerse themselves in the story. The two heroines say they enjoy rereading favorite stories. Try rereading a book you loved, and see if you can notice details you missed the first time around.
2. Cooking/Baking: Snow White, Tiana, and Rapunzel all bake in their stories. Tiana knows that nothing brings people together like good food. Find a recipe or two that you love, and can whip up for friends and family. Whether it’s pie, gumbo, or beignets, having a trick up your sleeve is always a treat for social gatherings. Better yet, ask a family member or friend to cook with you! You'll learn new tricks and recipes, and build stronger relationships.
3. Go Horseback Riding: We see Belle, Mulan, and Merida ride horses, and they do it quite well! Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned pro, horseback riding is a fun way to spend time outdoors with friends or just with a horse. The horseback riding princesses showed they had the patience and determination it takes to properly care for and train a horse.
So there you go, three ways any modern, independent young lady can be like the Disney princesses. You don't need to act like a fool in order to be princess-like. There is absolutely no reason for young girls to be afraid of looking up to the Disney princesses.
What traits do you admire in the princesses? I'd love to hear what you think. And be on the look out for more of my ideas about being a modern princess!