Being the father of two little boys, I am a frequent guest at children’s birthday parties. One of the more popular themes for little girl parties these days is the Disney Princesses. When I first saw the Princess ensemble picture on a helium balloon I couldn’t even identify all the characters. Cinderella was only recognizable by her ball gown and (suddenly blonde!) up-do, her ditzy expression a far cry from the intelligent and sensitive girl of the original movie, but Princess Aurora was entirely incognito. Call me paranoid, but bedroom eyes don’t belong on a children’s cartoon character. I suspect a supposedly long-defeated villainess of the last laugh.
Brett Salkeld is a doctoral student in theology at Regis College in Toronto. He is a father of two (so far) and husband of one. He is the co-author of How Far Can We Go? A Catholic Guide to Sex and Dating.