I swear to God I don’t want to defend the Disney princesses as much as I do. I just can’t help myself. I especially get irritated by the “Ariel gives up her voice to land a man” narrative. Because she doesn’t. She gives up her voice to become human. She wanted to become human before she laid eyes on Eric. And she made the actual decision to become human when her father destroyed all her human stuff. And the notion that men don’t like women who talk, anyway, came from the villain. Who was lying to get Ariel to sign the contract; even the villain didn’t actually believe that noise. And she thought she was giving up her voice for three days, and then she’d get to be human, which is what she wanted her whole life.
If you don’t want something badly enough to give up your voice for three days, you don’t have a story-worthy goal.
In fact . . . I mean, it’s three days. Here’s a short list of things I want that I’d give up my voice for three days to get, and they’re not story-worthy goals.
- Reservations at Next.
- Fins. So I could be a mermaid.
- Prada shoes. Specifically, these Prada shoes.
- Or my mythical shoes.
- The perfect lip gloss.
What you’d give up your voice for three days to get?