What Happened to Princess Aurora?

What Happened to Princess Aurora? March 18, 2011

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.

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  • Kyle R. Cupp

    Aurora’s a Cylon.

  • Yes you are right…all our beloved fairy tale characters seem to have sex appeal. It makes me feel uncomfortable too…..ELiza Keating

  • Yes, feministing routinely covers the re-make of beloved childhood characters who are now overly sexualized. For instance, Strawberry Shortcake is now skinnier and more stylish, Dora went through a weight loss as well. It is the the pervasive need to sexualize our little girls. Ugh! So glad to see this post!

  • haha Brett I totally agree. Disney is a rather insidiously evil company.

    • brettsalkeld

      At some point I want to write a post about my favorite Disney movies. We watch a lot of Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh around here. Pretty unimpressed by The Little Mermaid. But I only know the old ones, up to and including Pocahontas. I’m wondering if the Christian parents out there like any of the newer ones. I’ve heard good things about Brother Bear.

      • Kyle R. Cupp

        We’ve enjoyed all the Pixar movies.

  • David Cruz-Uribe, SFO

    The sexualization of children seems to be the logical conclusion of the corporate/consumerist ethic: to continue selling slutty clothes, you have to create a market for them, and the earlier you start, the more more firm your hold on your future customers.

    What surprises me is the number of parents who are aghast but refuse to say no.

    • brettsalkeld

      I think there is a distinct possibility of me becoming a homeschooling hermit. If they haven’t figured out a way to keep porn off of my kid’s friend’s smartphones by the time they turn 10, I’m moving to Neptune.

    • It’s a failure of the virtue of discipline.

    • Maureen O’Brien

      I agree!!