Disney Movies: A Reflection

Princess movies, it’s a love-hate relationship. With two girls that currently fall into the princess mania age range, we are known to throw on a Sleeping Beauty, Snow White or Princess and the Frog, every once in a while.

More recently, we were watching Beauty & the Beast, which has just been re-released to the theaters, and my husband commented about the subplot of the film was the need for Belle to find a husband. While I’m not sure how old she is supposed to be in the film, the comment hangs there: you have Gaston chasing her around saying Belle will be his wife, the blonde triplets sighing about how “gorgeous” he is, and you even have a song and dance about how great his machismo is to be regarded.

Granted, in the end it is the more traditional alpha male that loses both at hand to hand combat, and “getting the girl,” but there does seem to be a bit of overemphasis on the point of life. Is this attributable to the period in which the film was set? I’m not sure. Similar themes run throughout Princess and the Frog, which seems not to be as “antiquated.” Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are probably even more attributable to their “times,” both in which they were initially released, and the historical periods in which they draw upon.

In the end, however, we are left with the somewhat uncomfortable feeling that our children are being taught that the most important thing is to find someone to fall in love with and live happily ever after. While I am of course a hopeless romantic, see e.g. my like for the Twilight series (although I don’t think I’m quite a Twihard, whatever that is, I am debating whether or not to pick up the wedding dress version of Breaking Dawn part I, it does tie in my love of weddings after all…), I don’t understand why that message, if it is necessary to be reinforced at all, is to be presented to our children.

I can already anticipate the counter-argument of, well then, just don’t let your kids watch it. It’s not so simple, I’m afraid. I’m not against the entirety of the films, see for example Tiana’s undying work ethic and deep love for family, or Belle’s tenacious love of reading and wanting more than a “traditional” marriage with some village boy. Thus, it doesn’t initially appear to be an all or nothing solution.

Partly because of this, I am greatly looking forward to reading this book, about princess insanity and “the new girlie-girl culture,” especially in contrast to my other recent reads, The Hunger Games (series), Expecting Adam, Lit, and Never Let Me Go.

I’m curious to hear what my other mom (and dad!) friends think.

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Product Review: L’Oreal Infallible Lip Color

I picked up this lipstick at Target, of course, in Blazing Sangria.

It was one of those purchases where you have about 15 seconds to make a decision, before the kids start attacking each other and all hell breaks loose. Thus, my decision was not that well considered in terms of brand or type of lipstick, but based primarily upon its color (I swear it had nothing to do with the fact that its title contains a type of wine).

 

It did not disappoint.

The color is great. But, here’s the kicker, it’s actually from the Infallible collection (the color in the link looks amazing as well), meaning it stays on all day. I had first noticed this when it didn’t wear off after a few hours, and the smooth texture changed to a stickier one. But, what I absolutely love about it is that in contrast to the other long wearing products, where you have to constantly reapply the moisturizing gloss or what have you, there is no subsequent application, and, my very favorite part, is that it doesn’t flake off.

Also, it’s not particularly hard to remove at the end of the day: no makeup remover necessary. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a long wearing lipstick, in a great shade, that makes you feel like you picked it up at the cosmetics counter, rather than say, every mom’s beloved Target.

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Seven Deadly Zins

I tried this wine at some point in the past, and I didn’t understand what all the hubbub was about. This time, however, when it came into my possession, I was somewhat excited at the prospect of trying it again, years later.

I was pleasantly surprised.

It has a great stand alone flavor, not necessarily bold, although maybe I do want to go there without being too overpowering, yet its not as weak as some of the Zins I’ve had lately. In sum, it has flavor.

I would definitely recommend it for a dinner party, especially in mixed company. It has the  character of appealing to those who might prefer Cabs or Merlots exclusively. However, it’s probably a wine drinker’s wine, if that makes sense. Anyway, glad it came across my wine rack again, I am always happy to accept wine “donations.” 🙂

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Wine Review: Bearboat Sauvignon Blanc

Another Trader Joe’s wine for under $5. I was tempted at the display on the end of the wine aisle with the right price of $3.99, slightly less than the moon wines. It’s definitely a step up from the Charle’s Shaw Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s not that much better than its worth, if that makes sense.

It’s light and somewhat fruity, with somewhat of a grassy flavor, but not as overpowering as one of the South African wines I’ve tried there before. It would probably go quite well with a chicken or fish dinner, or a lunch on the beach. I recommend it.

What’s most interesting to me, aside from the bears in a rowboat on the label, is that it’s from Alexander Valley, probably my favorite region right now–my favorite Cab is from there. However, unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the labeler, but am thinking it might actually be a winery named Alexander Valley. I’ll update on this after I consult my somalier 😉

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