Friday, October 3, 2008

In Defense of Cinderella

Ok, so this is so lame in comparison to Tamra's blog! That was absolutely incredible. I love reading first-hand accounts and that was amazing. Tamra, I'm so glad you're all well and whole.

Now, this is a topic that has absolutely no socially redeeming value. I've posted it on my personal blog and now share it here in hopes someone will agree with me on this one! :-)

I've been thinking, lately, about Cinderella. The old one of Disney fame, not the newer versions.When I was a girl, I loved this movie. As I got older, I still loved this movie, but felt like I shouldn't because Cinderella really was just a dork who was waiting to be rescued by a man.

Now that I've given it more thought, I've decided that the Cinderella of Walt Disney's creation was quite ahead of her time. Ok, so she didn't have the wherewithal to leave her nasty stepmother on her own to find gainful employment as a governess or ladies' maid somewhere, but she did the brave thing by going to the ball at all, even after she'd been totally roughed up by the stepsisters.

When my daughter was young, I let her watch Snow White, but every time that scene came on where she sings (in that horrible shotgun vibrato!) "I'm dreaming for the one I love, to find" I'd snap under my breath that she ought to be dreaming of a scholarship instead. But really, much as I hate to admit it because I think Snow White is ugly, (I am so shallow), she did the brave thing too, by running into the woods, away from the knife-wielding henchman and facing all the scary forest creatures. (Who really turned out to be cute and cuddly and most helpful). And then she set up shop in a house full of men and totally took charge.

So, as much as I took the feminist high road about a decade ago, I've come around to the belief that, although not optimal choices given today's world, those princesses did pretty well for themselves.

Plus, I really still want a Cinderella dress-up dress. (And a tiara).


Marsha Ward said...

Interesting blog, Nancy. Thanks for defending Cinderella.

You know you can buy a tiara at WalMart, right? I'm thinking of getting me one for Christmas.

Tamra Norton said...

I love the Disney princesses. And Cinderella will always be my favorite.

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Thanks, ladies. And Marsha, I think I'll visit Walmart at Christmas for a tiara, too!

Stephanie Black said...

I like Disney princesses in general, but I think Ariel the Little Mermaid is dumber than fish bait. Let's see . . . she saw the guy a couple of times and now she's so obsessed with him that she'll give up her family, her world, and everything else, and make a bargain with the evil sea witch . . . sheesh.