There is much I don’t know about these girls, but I know enough to be very suspicious of what their stories model and teach. While not all of them are ‘bad’ but they certainly don’t teach a biblical model for Godly womanhood. Although there may be somethings we can learn, we shouldn’t hold them as our standards.
Before I begin to bring up some of my thoughts, I did want to mention that the one thing I love seeing in most of them is their feminine dress. In our world of trashy jeans, tight, too short shirts and unkept hair in today’s women, most of the princesses are both feminine and mostly modest (I did notice a trend in that the more rebellious princesses are more revealing in clothing.)
These are one of the few aspects that I love to see when finding pictures like these; is simply seeing some feminine clothing again. My more favorite outfits are from the older films; Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. And Belle’s too. I love the simple clothes they wear, too, not just the gowns.
Now that I’ve had my fill, I want to propose some things which I have found lacking.
I want to start with a problem in my personal favorite (and the only one I’ve seen in a whole). While I love much of what Belle does and says throughout the film, the message she delivers in the beginning of the it is dangerous. “I want so much more”–the thought that comes immediately to my mind is dis-contentment. We should try to be content in what the Lord has given us always and not wistfully wanting something more or better. No, we shouldn’t be content in sitting in sin or not growing in the Lord, but we shouldn’t be discontent with where he has placed us either. I’ve gotten similar themes from the different quotes from ‘The Little Mermaid’ as well.
When I learned Sleeping Beauty’s philosophy of ‘knowing who the right person is for you’, I was quickly alarmed and rather disgusted. “We met once upon a dream.” WHAT?! How much sense does that make? When you hold it up to the Biblical standards of finding a spouse, it lacks greatly and can be summed up in one word; “Cheesy”. I’ve gotten the feeling that Snow White is a little similar to this. I saw a saying with the above picture that summed this up nicely–”Disney. Teaching you to avoid strangers…unless they’re hot.” Rofl.
“Haven’t you ever had a dream?!” A large message of Disney’s ‘Tangled’ was following your dreams. This is so stark that I won’t say much except that we should be following God’s plans and desires for us and not what our feelings tell us. I had a dream once of becoming a veterinarian (I shouldn’t have to tell anybody that I love animals) but as I matured, I came to realize that God’s call in my life is bring glory to Him. A sure way to bring glory to God is to as He commands, and one of the things he commands is for women to marry and bear children. My vision now is to someday be someone’s helpmeet. And be a mama. Shallow dreams will never compare to God’s vision.
I’m sure I could bring up tons more–if I ever see films, I’ll be sure come back and tell you all what I saw! LOL
To end on a lighter note: