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Sunday, February 14, 2016

*Real* Romantic Advice You Can Get From Each DP! Part 2/2

So I don't know about you guys but I hate seeing those anti-Princess articles that try to pick out and isolate things from Disney Princess films and show them out of context to be negative messages for young girls. I absolutely adore the Disney Princesses (big surprise!) and love all of the different types of positive messages that you can find in each of their different films. So in the spirit of love and Valentine's Day, here is a post based on positive romantic messages from each film/princess to counter all of the Disney Princess hate out there. (Plus, romantic love ❤ in these films is the one I see presented negatively the most. Shame on those feminazis etc.!)

So without further ado, here is some positive romantic advice from every single Disney Princess: 

Mulan: Romantic Tastes Are Supposed To Be Varied & Unique- So don't let it bring you down too much if you don't meet someone's standards, they're probably not the one for you!
When Mulan went to the Matchmaker, she was so nervous about making a good impression and being matched with someone that would bring her family honor. However, a cricket got involved and she was heavily reprimanded as not being worthy of an honorable match. Then when posed as a man, Mulan got to hear a range of the soldiers giving their opinions of "a girl worth fighting for". When she offered a suggestion of a girl just like her, "who's got a brain and always speaks her mind", it was turned down by the 3 army friends. This could've really let Mulan down, thinking no man would be interested in her unique personality (especially relative to her time and place) but what she needed to realize is that as much as she wasn't their type, they weren't her type either. The one man who was Mulan's type, was Shang and hedid appreciate "a girl who's got a brain and always speaks her mind". He respected Mulan and appreciated her in a way that the 3 army soldiers didn't, even though they did respect her as well, though not as much. (He was even the first to bow down to Mulan after the Emperor and his advisor did, initiating all of China to bow to her.) Similarly, Mulan had more respect for Shang than any of the other army soldiers, though she too had respect for them as well. So ultimately, she didn't need to be insecure or worried about not meeting someone who would appreciate her, she only needed to make sure she was able to recognize when she did meet such a man. :) Luckily she did and he was the most honorable catch that she could've gotten, so it worked out that the Matchmaker was wrong! 


Tiana: Marriage Is A Mingling Of 2 Personalities That Diminishes Neither But Enhances Both- It's easy to be negative towards commitment while one is still single and/or immature but ultimately, it should be your most positive experience (when done right).

Tiana and Naveen were both suffering from negative connotations with romantic commitment. Tiana believed it would hinder her from achieving her dream of opening her own restaurant and Naveen believed it would hinder all of his freedom and fun. Both of them were confused in their immaturity and misguidedness. Both of them ran away from love not realizing that it was the "best thing [they] never knew [they] needed". Naveen turned out to be a source of comfort and support for Tiana's dream, immediately recognizing her talent upon tasting her swamp gumbo and encouraging her to pursue her goal. Tiana turned out to also be a source of comfort and support for Naveen's maturity and personal growth, eventually seeing the faults that had been enforced on him and helping him overcome his initial setbacks. In the end, they both balanced each other out and had enhanced each other's lives, quite opposite of diminishing each other as they had both feared to begin with. 

Rapunzel: Real Love Results In Putting Them Before Yourself - When someone is truly in love, they put the well-being of that person before their own.
A common misconception about being in love is that one person can be in it with another person without that other person feeling the same. That's inaccurate. One cannot be in love with someone unless both are in love. Rapunzel didn't realize it but she didn't actually know what real love was before falling in love with Eugene, hence the song "I See The Light". Mother Gothel did not love Rapunzel though Rapunzel had affection towards her. It was the scene when Eugene cut Rapunzel's hair before she could heal him, that she received her first act of true love, as it was a selfless sacrifice on his part. True love is putting another person before yourself and no one had done that for Rapunzel until the near-end scene when Eugene did. 

Merida: Don't Get Married If You Know You're Not Ready- Sometimes rejection is the best gift that you can give to yourself and the other person(s) involved.
Obviously there is a balance to this as there is a difference between a little apprehension and knowing one is in over their head. Merida was not completely apprehensive towards marriage in general but she knew she was far too young and immature for marriage in the present. There is a time in life when we are younger where we get to be somewhat immature and selfish because it's part of growing up. We all just start at different points with some more or less mature and others more or less selfish. I don't mean completely selfish by the way but I mean the independent selfish, before marriage and/or a family. Merida seemed to be open to love, as shown by her perking up to the most masculine-looking soldier in the room when she thought he was one of the suitors, but she knew she wasn't ready for the commitment of marriage. Had she been forced into a marriage to one of those suitors, she and he would both be unhappy and suffering for it. So while it seemed like a totally selfish part on Merida, and in many ways it was, it was also the most respectful and honest thing to do which shows that she was maturing and proving that she could be ready someday in the future when she chooses it. 

Elsa: Shutting Out Those Who Love You Will Only Worry Them More- While isolating can protect our loved ones to some degree, shutting off communication will often call them into action that might get them more hurt.
It's easy for one to get wrapped up in their own thoughts and/or actions and forget about the way others feel about us. When our loved ones see us in pain or isolating ourselves like Anna saw with Elsa, their devotion will often obligate them to figure out what's going on which might not end up so well for them. A lot of Elsa's problems with Anna could have been saved if she had at least been more honest and open in communication rather than just running away. It's important for us to remember how much we love those in our lives and what we'd be willing to do for them when trying to understand why they won't let it go when we're clearly bothered. This applies to all who love us, romantically or non-romantically, but it will apply especially with a romantic spouse who is with us more often. 

Anna: Courting Is Essential For A Successful Romantic Relationship- Relationships grow over time organically and therefore should not be rushed.
It's painfully obvious that Anna should not have rushed that relationship with Hans as Frozen repeatedly made the point of. While there are a lot of people who look down on Anna and Kristoff's relationship, it was objectively one of the most organically played out relationships shown in a DP film. Neither Anna nor Kristoff were looking for love with each other, which is like the groundwork for a stable relationship as it makes it much more genuine. Additionally, they were both very honest with each other and found themselves in many teamwork-necessary situations which helps build up the trust and respect within a relationship. Furthermore, they spent a lot of time together and constantly helped each other out in the ways that they could. They both had their positives and their negatives exposed to each other and that is where their love was able to form. The most beautiful thing about their relationship, subjectively, is how it symbolically represented all of the stages of courting: They met and got to start knowing each other honestly, spent time together in a variety of situations building trust and love, met each other's family building respect and familiarity and then made it official. This relationship, without any pressures, was given everything it needed to blossom on it's own accord which is exactly how love should grow: organically. 

*Real* Romantic Advice You Can Get From Each DP! Part 1/2

So I don't know about you guys but I hate seeing those anti-Princess articles that try to pick out and isolate things from Disney Princess films and show them out of context to be negative messages for young girls. I absolutely adore the Disney Princesses (big surprise!) and love all of the different types of positive messages that you can find in each of their different films. So in the spirit of love and Valentine's Day, here is a post based on positive romantic messages from each film/princess to counter all of the Disney Princess hate out there. (Plus, romantic love ❤ in these films is the one I see presented negatively the most. Shame on those feminazis etc.!)

So without further ado, here is some positive romantic advice from every single Disney Princess: 

Snow White: A Happy Person Is An Attractive Person- If you find the positives in life then the positives are likely to find you. 
Snow White was made to live as a maid in her own castle since the Evil Queen hated her. Instead of complaining and being corrupted by this, Snow White consistently and proactively chose to keep her spirits up. She chose to sing about her dreams of finding love one day instead of just giving up on what she wanted most out of life. Thanks to this, the Prince was able to hear her beautiful voice while he was riding nearby and it enticed him to meet the source of that positive and pleasant sound. So ultimately, it was Snow White's ever positive attitude that brought a positive love into her life. Besides, most people agree that a person is at their most attractive when they're smiling and happy. 

Cinderella: Don't Let Your Competitors Convince You To Give Up Opportunities- If an opportunity for love presents itself, seize it! (Modestly, of course.)
When Cinderella realized that the ball would be open to all eligible young women in the kingdom, she stood her ground to get to go to the ball. While her stepsisters tried to tell Cinderella no, she insisted that "every eligible maiden was to attend" and that included herself. As the mature and smart adult, Lady Tremaine could not fight her on this and instead had to add new obstacles. Some have heard the phrase "Where there is a will, there is a way". If Cinderella had not been willing to take advantage of the opportunities presented to her, both with the initial ball conversation as well as with the Fairy Godmother, then she may very well have spent her entire life as a servant in her home which is exactly what her sisters/competitors wanted. The main reason why they didn't want Cinderella to go to the ball is because they knew, even better than she did in her modesty and humility, what would and did end up happening. 

Aurora: Don't Be Afraid To Explore A Romantic Spark- Not everyone is lucky enough to find love, so be open to seeing where things can go before jumping in or out.
When Aurora first met Phillip, she was clearly torn. On one hand, she had just been singing about her loneliness and longing for romantic companionship. (Which is completely natural and nothing to be reprimanded for.) On the other hand, she also was a respectful and classy young lady who knew that she "really wasn't supposed to talk to strangers". In balancing out these factors, she came to the conclusion that she might never really have another chance at love like this so she decides to take it. In life, we will just about all have to make some risky decisions at one point or another, and one of the most risky decisions will always be those that include our hearts. So Aurora was being very brave and strong in deciding to take this risk for her heart but she also did so with class, grace and dignity. She didn't throw herself at Phillip, she let him know where she stood and why, to see how he responded which was in a gentlemanly and romantic way. After a dance and walk through the forest, she makes plans with him to meet her "aunts" or whatever she was calling them so she could introduce him and get their opinions. She gave this new flame it's best chance while maintaining her inspiring feminine mystique. 

Ariel: Love Happens When You Least Expect It- So don't try to force it by throwing yourself at someone!
Although Ariel was on a time frame with the spell, trying to force a kiss on Eric was never going to work as an act of "true love's kiss" because as far as he knew, he's just met this girl that he knows nothing about other than that she keeps trying to kiss him. He found her to be very physically attractive, no doubt, which is why he was tempted to kiss her but the gentleman in him wanted to know her name first as well as more about her. [A key difference between a gentleman and a non-gentleman, that level of respect.] When Ariel first met Eric, it was totally unexpected. She saw the ship and happened to get to watch and learn about him seeing that he was a brave, handsome, humble and loyal guy. Similarly, when Eric first met Ariel, it was totally unexpected. He woke up and here was this beautiful woman, singing him back to consciousness after presumably saving his life. He could see that she too was brave and beautiful as well as nurturing. Both of their love was triggered unexpectedly, when they weren't trying to attract each other at all because that's when you know it's genuine. 

Belle: Judge All Potential Mates Inside And Outside Before Choosing- A balanced relationship requires balanced partners.
Some people like to see Belle as someone who doesn't judge. I don't agree with that. I see Belle as someone who quite oppositely does judge but does so correctly and not prejudicially. I think this was part of Belle's unique charm, her good judge of character. While Gaston was clearly the most eligible bachelor around, as even her father Maurice innocently pointed out to her, her response is "He's handsome, all right, and rude and conceited and... Papa he's not for me." That sounds like a judgement to me and a very accurate one at that. Belle knew her worth and she knew that Gaston did not fully respect her as he clearly did not respect her mind or choices. Fast-forward to the Beast/Adam who completely respects Belle's choices selflessly, to the point of his own detriment. This is something that Gaston would have never done for Belle. When Belle was describing Beast/Adam to Maurice and the villagers later, she used words as "kind, gentle and different" to describe him, showing that she judged him as a man worthy of change with good character deep inside. So to me, this shows how accurate judging is really important, especially in mate selection. 

Jasmine: Don't Let Bad Past Experiences Define Your Romantic Future- Remember that not all men are the same, just as not all women are, and some are more mature than others while some even mature faster than others.
It is implied that Jasmine has not had a good history with men. Her father is not very bright or understanding, Jafar is despicable and the potential suitors/Princes that she meets are pretty similar to Jafar. So by all means, Jasmine has had no reference for a really great guy as well as a lot of negative reinforcement when it comes to males. On the other side, Jasmine is a woman who also wants to be taken on her own merit and not for what others are used to. This is why it was so important that she hold onto that realization and find it in common with Aladdin later so that she does not hinder a chance at real love. It was very important that she was open to Aladdin so that she could get what she always wanted, to marry for love and by choice, which is very admirable. Unfortunately, she was not open to this with Prince Ali which almost lost her Aladdin as he may have given up. However, she was very lucky that she recognized Aladdin through his disguise which saved their love. 

Pocahontas: Great Love Often Comes With Great Sacrifice- Be willing to pay the costs, both foreseen and unseen (especially before committing).
Pocahontas is, in my opinion, the wisest of all of the DPs. We get to see her make multiple big decisions regarding love and romance and with each one, she carefully weighed the consequences. Her first big decision came with the choice on whether or not to marry Kocoum and she objectively looked at where both paths would lead. She knew that saying "No" meant she would have no idea what lied ahead or how it would play out (sacrificing a sure and positive husband and potential family) and she knew that saying "Yes" meant she would have a stable and sturdy home with a good, strong and respected man (sacrificing future potential opportunities). Her second big decision came with the choice on whether or not to keep seeing John Smith. Initially she had run away when he convinced her to stay a bit longer. She stopped and took a moment to sense what would be the right decision. This was indirectly linked with love as she didn't know she'd fall in love but that was an unforeseen consequence/result of choosing to stay in his company. Another unforeseen consequence of this was the death of Kocoum, which she admitted was partly her fault. Her third big decision came when she put herself in between her father and John Smith to challenge her father's stance and reason for John Smith's life as well as peace and balance between the two groups. Before she had decided this though, she asked for advice from Grandmother Willow, just as she had about Kocoum, to get a better insight into the results of her potential choices. And her final big decision came when she decided to let John Smith go while staying behind. Whether she had chosen to go or stay, either one was calling for a great sacrifice on her part. While we usually won't have to make sacrifices quite like that when it comes to love, the message is still relevant and applicable that we should be confident in our romantic decisions and aware of potential results so that any sacrifice as a result will have been worth it. This is further symbolized in the song "If I Never Knew You" which showed that the sacrifices had indeed been worth it for Pocahontas. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Disney Princesses: Cross-Over Couples Part 2/2

Most of the photos used in this blog were not created by me but by friends for me. I have written which are by me and which are by others.
Courtesy of rzenteno
So I didn't use any 1 prince twice and I tried to match everyone to their best match outside of the original. Hope you guys don't mind, this was just for fun! The absolutely❤️amazing❤️ crossovers were done by a multiple of talented users who made them especially for this post. The top image was made by an acquaintance under the screenname, rzenteno. He did a wonderful job, in my opinion! Most of my crossovers were done by a user by the screenname, DIAMELA, who is a Disney crossover (unprofessional) artist. No, really. Would you believe she did like 6 crossover photos in 24 hours? I couldn't! That was incredibly impressive and she had such a good eye. Getting them all done in a short amount of time didn't hurt the quality of the photos at all! I am very thankful to how much she helped me out and how quickly and how impressively! ❤️ And finally, the rest of the crossovers not made by myself were done by other users in the past so perfectly, that I had to ask them if they wouldn't mind my including their pictures! In some ways, I think these users have out shined my article so even if you don't like the couples or my explanations, I do think you will love their photos. The rest of the photos were made by users who have been inactive for long periods so I just credited them for their photos. Here are my crossover couples:

Pocahontas & Kristoff
Pocahontas needs a man who has a specific kind of balance. He has to have respect for nature but he also can't be too serious. He has to respect people and community but he also has to value freedom and independence. She also needs a man who is somewhat traditional and masculine as she grew up with that and will expect it to some degree; yet she also needs a man who is somewhat progressive and won't try to restrict her life based on her gender and no other reasons whatsoever. This is why I think Kristoff would actually be a perfect match for her. He clearly has a respect for nature and nature's creations as shown by his relationship with Sven as well as his appreciation and admiration for the snow and ice that he makes his living off of. He depends on this nature for survival and he doesn't take it for granted. While he doesn't prefer to be around tons of people, he does show respect for those who have earned it with him. Deep down, Kristoff is a genuine gentleman. He is a bit gruff on the outside but he didn't hesitate to give his life for Anna as soon as they were in danger, even though he barely knew her. This is that bit of traditional masculinity that Pocahontas needs and would admire. She has respect for a man who is willing to protect and provide for women, as shown by her being upset at Kocoum's death. While Kristoff would be very protective and want to provide, he wouldn't degrade Pocahontas to do that and would always show her respect.

Kristoff needs a woman who also has a delicate balance. He needs a woman who can handle being alone since he is much more of a loner and not a social butterfly but he also needs someone who isn't going to be just like him. He needs someone who is more feminine than him that can bring out some positivity and optimism in him. Since he is a blunt guy, he also needs the kind of woman who isn't super emotionally sensitive and can handle a very straight-forward guy. Pocahontas has the perfect delicate balance to make a good match for him. She is very much a loner herself, only really hanging with Nakoma or her animal friends and rarely hanging out with the entire tribe. She also has a great balance in her femininity that allows her to respect and appreciate masculinity without trying to completely imitate it. She is very spunky, playful and adventurous but in a mature and wise manner. Unlike Anna, who would pretend to just know better until corrected, Pocahontas would actually outright seek Kristoff's opinion when analyzing something, which would also make him feel very valued and respected (something he wouldn't be used to). Since Kristoff grew up mostly as an orphan, he needs a woman who is extra understanding and considerate. Pocahontas has a fierce loyalty and dedication that is always well tempered. She would be the perfect kind of woman to restore Kristoff's faith in humanity.
I made these.

Mulan & John Smith
Mulan needs a man who is very open-minded and progressive yet at least somewhat traditionally masculine. Since she grew up in a culture that has more emphasis on gender roles, she is going to have somewhat of a traditional expectation for men. Since she is very progressive for her time however, she probably wouldn't be happy with a completely traditional man. John Smith fits this bill perfectly! He is clearly very open-minded and adventurous as shown by his love for exploring new lands and willingness to get to know Pocahontas and try to make peace between the two races. That being said, he also still has many of the traditionally masculine traits that Mulan admires as shown by her immediate attraction to Shang. In the beginning of the film, he immediately wins the respect and loyalty of his fellow men when he jumps into the stormy ocean to save Thomas. Mulan would be very impressed by this as well as very attracted to him for it.

John Smith needs a woman who is smart and open-minded. He needs a woman who is loyal and dedicated. I also, personally, think he wants an exotic woman. No, I don't mean that as an objectification of women at all. I mean it the same way Ariel wanted an exotic man in that she had an attraction for that exotic (to her) culture so it was natural that she fell in love with an exotic man of that culture. John Smith is open-minded himself so I think he would be very attracted to the different way that Mulan carries herself and thinks about things. She is very smart and one of the few females who has great improvisation skills which I think would greatly impress John. Mulan would never disrespect John for no reason since she was raised to be more respectful so I think John would also greatly appreciate that. I don't think he'd much appreciate a woman who was constantly complaining or being rude at all.


Credit to Sophia_naxos (Left Top & Bottom); Dreamy Gal (Right)

Tiana & Aladdin
Tiana needs a man who is humble and honest that is not going to take advantage of her hard work ethics. She needs a man who she can respect that will respect her. She also needs a man who has a big heart like her father, that can teach her the value of human companionship. Aladdin is a very humble and honest guy. He grew up worse than Tiana so he understands what it's like to go without and work (the only way he can) to earn something. He wouldn't take love, shelter, food or family for granted. He would respect Tiana for coming from a somewhat similar position and not letting that stop her from changing the course of her life. He has a big heart, as shown when he gave what little food he acquired away to two homeless and hungry children. He would respect what Tiana's father was trying to do in "bringing together all walks of life" as well as the values of family that he was trying to teach. Aladdin didn't get to grow up with his parents but he valued parenting and he would've been the great kind of family man like Tiana's father that she would respect and admire.

Aladdin needs a woman who is humble and honest, like himself. He needs a woman who will see past his background and see his present and future instead. He needs a woman who is a good person who wont take advantage of his being such a nice guy. Tiana meets all of these requirements. She might not be the absolute most humble and honest of the princesses but neither is Aladdin for the princes. She aims for humility and honesty and usually succeeds just as he does. She came from a worse background then where her future goal was so she wouldn't hold Aladdin's background against him. She would only feel sorry that he had to grow up without knowing the love of parents that she at least got to know. She is also not the kind of person to take advantage of others so she wouldn't use him for his kindness. She's a bit sassy but not quite as much or as rudely as Jasmine so I think Aladdin would appreciate that she was so nice towards him. I also think Aladdin would be her biggest cooking fan. Growing up deprived of so much food, he would be ecstatic to try all of Tiana's food for her. Also, I think he would love to help her at her restaurant and would do a better job than Naveen at balancing good customer service skills with respect to Tiana.


Credit to chesire (Top 2); Angeelous (Bottom 3)

Rapunzel & Charming aka Cinderella's Prince Charming
Rapunzel needs a man to prove her mother wrong (not right). She is very naïve to the world around her and is an easy target for those who would want to take advantage of her. She needs a man who will appreciate and respect her innocence as opposed to trying to manipulate it. She also needs to feel special and wanted because she's grown up her whole life feeling more like a nuisance aside from her magical hair. Charming would be the perfect man for her. Just as he recognized Cinderella's innocent virtue at the ball and admired it, so he would admire Rapunzel's similar innocence. He would love her optimistic spirit and never want to do anything that would harm or change that, only embrace it. Instead of just watching beautiful lights in the sky with her and refusing to dance with her, Charming would be asking Rapunzel to dance under the stars or lanterns and want to make things an especially romantic moment with her. He would charm her! <3 He would sweep her off her feet and then sweep Mother Gothel under the rug, just like he did with Cinderella and Lady Tremaine.

Charming needs a woman who is genuine and sweet. He has dealt with so many gold-digging and status-climbing women that he's sick and tired of meeting them. He can't help that he was born handsome, charming, rich and powerful; He can only help choose who he allows himself to be vulnerable with. Since he is such a target for bad women to take advantage of, he really needs a good woman that will see beyond that and just see him for his interests and preferences beyond the surface. Rapunzel is the perfect girl and therefore a perfect match for him. She is very modest and is more afraid of men rather than trying to exploit them with her feminine advantages. She would see Charming beyond his status and just see him as a person, lonely and looking for someone to share a life with as well. She's very friendly and endearing and she wouldn't expect much from him, though he would most likely keep offering to give her more. He would feel lucky to have found such a genuine and virtuous girl.
Courtesy of DIAMELA

Anna & Eric
Anna needs a man who is loyal and dedicated, like she is. She also wants a man who is charming and adventurous, that can sweep her off her feet for a new adventure without making her feel like she's in danger. She also needs a gentleman who is romantic, playful and open-minded. Eric is the man she would've dreamed of in her head (better than Hans). He is incredibly loyal as shown by his swimming up to a burning ship and boarding it just to save his dog, Max. He is also adventurous as he is a sailor. Since Arendelle is a port town, he could definitely take Anna sailing to new adventures for romantic spur-of-the-moment getaways. He is also very romantic as he doesn't want to settle in marriage and wants to wait for love at first sight, when it just hits him. He is also very playful as shown by his playing and dancing with his dog Max on the ship before the storm hits. He is clearly open-minded as shown by his still wanting to marry Ariel and going after her to protect her from Ursula after finding out that she was a mermaid. He is also a perfect gentleman which Anna needs. He wouldn't dream of making Anna feel uncomfortable and would be upset with himself if she ever was. He also clearly has a sense of humor as shown by the way he jokes and gets along with his butler and Anna really needs a man with a sense of humor, maybe even above all.

Eric needs a girl who is sweet and adventurous. He wants a girl that will respect him and appreciate his romantic spirit. He needs a girl who can either handle being married to a sailor who travels a lot or better yet will want to sail and travel with him. He also needs a girl who is playful that Max will approve of and that he can see himself having a family with one day. Anna is incredibly sweet and adventurous. She constantly seeks fun and entertainment so she would love going sailing with him and having new adventures. She is a big romantic herself so she would very much appreciate Eric's romantic spirit. Anna is also arguably one of the most playful princesses of the line up. I think Max would love her and pick up on her spunky spirit and love it. I think Eric would love her optimism, loyalty and dedication and would absolutely see her as being a great mother and wife someday when they're done being younger and freer together. ❤️
Courtesy of DIAMELA
Disney Princesses: Cross-Over Couples Part 1/2 HERE

PS. I realize some of you might be uncomfortable about traditional gender roles. I am very mixed genetically (especially European and Asian) and I come from both cultures, eastern with traditional gender roles as well as western with progressive and un-traditional gender roles. Please respect that some people prefer traditional gender roles without being a misogynist or whatever other labels get associated with such values and traditions by western/anti-eastern cultured people. Lots of eastern cultures have a great emphasis on gender roles still today. Many of these traditional couples, whether of western or eastern background, are more than welcome to divorce yet have very low divorce rates. This doesn't have to do with sexism but often comes from a place of balance as they are seen as ying and yang, opposites that compliment each other. This is something that is completely subjective and relative to the culture one is raised in. While some western and/or progressive cultures might see eastern and/or traditional ones as "wrong", "extreme" or "old-timey", etc. that is their right to have that opinion but it doesn't actually make traditional cultures wrong or hateful. Please try to show respect and decency when commenting as I don't want this to become a war of cultures. I ask that we can all show respect for the cultural differences that may occur in opinions as this is a global site with a full range of diverse opinions and I want people to feel comfortable giving their unique opinions. Thank you for your consideration and respect.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Disney Princesses: Cross-Over Couples Part 1/2

Most of the photos used in this blog were not created by me but by friends for me. I have written which are by me and which are by others.
Courtesy of rzenteno
So I didn't use any 1 prince twice and I tried to match everyone to their best match outside of the original. Hope you guys don't mind, this was just for fun! The absolutely❤️amazing❤️ crossovers were done by a multiple of talented users who made them especially for this post. The top image was made by an acquaintance under the screenname, rzenteno. He did a wonderful job, in my opinion! Most of my crossovers were done by a user by the screenname, DIAMELA, who is a Disney crossover (unprofessional) artist. No, really. Would you believe she did like 6 crossover photos in 24 hours? I couldn't! That was incredibly impressive and she had such a good eye. Getting them all done in a short amount of time didn't hurt the quality of the photos at all! I am very thankful to how much she helped me out and how quickly and how impressively! ❤️ And finally, the rest of the crossovers not made by myself were done by other users in the past so perfectly, that I had to ask them if they wouldn't mind my including their pictures! In some ways, I think these users have out shined my article so even if you don't like the couples or my explanations, I do think you will love their photos. The rest of the photos were made by users who have been inactive for long periods so I just credited them for their photos. Here are my crossover couples:

Snow White & Adam/Beast 
Snow White is a traditional romantic. She needs a man who is going to fulfill those traditional roles and values for her. This means she needs a man who is deep down a gentleman at heart, just like Adam, who will let his woman take care of him without becoming a lazy freeloader. She needs a man who would be willing to give his life to protect her if need be, just as Adam does this when he protects Belle from the wolves before they are ever in love. She also needs a man who will respect and appreciate her femininity. Snow loves to cook and take care of others but like most people, she also loves to be appreciated. Adam has a very healthy appetite and once she broke through his tougher outer shell, he would be showering Snow with compliments of her food as well as gifts for making him so happy and content. They say "the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach"... well ladies, that is often true! I think this would especially be true in Snow's case with Adam. She'd win him over easy.

Adam needs a woman who is sweet, kind and feminine enough to compliment his masculinity. Since he grew up spoiled and arrogant, he needs a woman who can help him find a balance without making him feel impugned. Snow White is the perfect woman to do this for him. Adam never really had a mother so that's kind of what he needs in a woman, in a sense. Allow me to explain, he needs a woman who exhibits all of those qualities most associated with "mothers". The main "motherly" traits include being caring, protective, kind and affectionate. Adam doesn't feel like he can be loved so he needs the type of woman who can make him feel good about himself first, before he can be open to receiving love. This is what Belle does for him, she appreciates him and he is able to soften and find love with her. Snow White embodies spiritual graciousness to me so I think she would be the perfect 2nd choice for Adam. After all, look at how easy it was for her to turn Grumpy's frown upside down and he was proactively fighting it!
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Cinderella & Florian aka Snow White's Prince Charming
Cinderella needs a perfect gentleman. She's had enough drama to deal with in life everyday, coming from 3 different people. She's been yelled at everyday and insulted constantly. She also deserves a perfect gentleman who can match her lack of fussiness. Florian is a perfect gentleman who would only treat Cinderella tenderly and kind. Even if he was upset at her for good reason, I doubt he'd ever raise his voice at her. He would treat her as though she was a fragile and rare diamond, which would most likely melt Cinderella's heart to her core after being treated as such a disposable her whole life.

Florian needs a romantic and genuine lady that won't take advantage of his kindness. He needs a woman who will reciprocate the respect and appreciation that he shows to women, instead of the kind of woman who would take advantage of it. Cinderella fits that bill perfectly. She would be flattered by his romantic serenading attempts and she wouldn't think of him as being less "manly" for it. She would just be happy at how genuine and decent he was. I also think he would have a proclivity towards the traditional and conservative (like Snow White) so Cinderella would also fit those standards as well.
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Aurora & Shang
Aurora needs a traditionally masculine partner to match her traditional femininity. Just as she is ultra-feminine, so she would love a man who is ultra-masculine as such opposites attract. She needs a man who sees fighting to protect her as his honor and providing for her as his duty, which Shang absolutely would. She also needs a man who will not take advantage of her femininity and submission and try to exploit that as weakness. Since Shang comes from a culture where those traits are not only valued but expected in women, he would appreciate it more than most. He would do everything he could to protect her and keep her safe. Although he may not be as playful and into dancing etc. as Phillip, I'm sure he'd be more willing to go out of his comfort zone for Aurora since she was such an outstanding woman to him.

Shang needs a very feminine woman who will not bring him shame or dishonor. Aurora's gorgeous beauty and aura of grace would fully impress Shang. She has all of the feminine features that he would want his female partner to have. He would also see her as being a strong woman in her role that he would be proud and honored to have as a wife. He would be inspired by her classiness and be more than willing to defend her honor and virtue, if need be. Because she is so gorgeous, obedient, classy and virtuous, he would most likely be willing to do anything for her, as she would be more than worth it for him. He would always respect her and have no reason to feel ashamed of her. He values "discipline" and "strength" the most and Aurora, in her feminine way, absolutely shows these traits exactly the way he means them.
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Ariel & Eugene
Ariel wants a man who likes to have fun. She needs a man who challenges her and keeps life exciting or she will get bored easily. Eugene has a lot of knowledge and experience that Ariel would never read about in books. He also likes to play with danger, just as she does. She needs a man who doesn't mind that she likes playing with fire (figure of speech) and engaging in high-thrills activity. Since this is how Eugene lives his life anyways, he fits that bill perfectly. He wouldn't try to stop her from spontaneous and dangerous activities, he'd join her. She doesn't want to be controlled and she just wants to have fun and explore, just like Eugene. They'd very much enjoy having a fun, somewhat casual relationship that didn't come up with too many strings and rules.

Eugene wants a woman who is incredibly spontaneous and laid-back. He needs a woman who doesn't mind a complete lack of stability since he cannot provide that. Since Ariel left her family to live on land and was always a bit of a loner anyway, she'd be a perfect girl for him. He wouldn't have to worry about tons of family obligations that he's not used to, he'd only have to worry about his girl. Since he's not big on having responsibilities or much accountability, this is perfect for him. He just wants to have fun so he needs a woman who will also just want to have fun and not nag him to get more serious, mature or responsible. Since Ariel is immature herself and not ready for that stage of life yet, she wouldn't be putting any of that kind of pressure on him.
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Belle & Phillip
Belle needs a man who is a gentleman at heart. (This was the key difference between Adam/Beast and Gaston.) She needs a man who is progressive enough to be open-minded but also traditional and conservative enough to be her life-long partner that she can count on. Basically, she needs a man who has found a great balance in his masculinity just as she has found her balance in her femininity. Phillip matches this perfectly. He wants to marry for love, despite the law that obligates him to marry for country. Although he has a younger and more progressive mindset for his time, he also doesn't throw all of the traditional values out the window. He doesn't expect Aurora to be just as progressive as he is. He clearly has a respect for traditions and politeness which is what Belle needs. I think deep down, Belle wants a man who is a "prince" but not a typical prince hence her line "prince in disguise". She also needs a man who is somewhat adventurous without putting her in danger. She would love going horse back riding or having walks in the forest with Phillip. Additionally, she seems to love dancing as shown by the fact that she pulls Adam from the table to dance. I think she would love how much Phillip would offer to dance with her, instead of her having to ask. She doesn't need an overly romantic partner but she certainly does need some romance and Phillip would be more than happy to oblige and surprise her romantically.

Phillip needs a woman who has an open-mind yet with traditional values. He clearly likes the act of courting as shown by his dancing with Aurora in the forest. He needs a woman who will support him and stand by his progressive ideas but who is also willing to submit to him. In a waltz, the woman is supposed to submit and let the man lead the dance. That is what Phillip needs from a woman in his life. He is the king and he is expected to show a strong front and have a submissive and obedient wife who treats him like the king but he also needs a woman who he can talk to and share his ideas with that won't shun him or make fun of his progressive ideas. Belle would be the perfect woman to help Phillip reach his full potential of being the best man and leader that he could be. She would respect him and the traditions enough to help him represent as a strong king so he is not looked at weakly or overthrown; but also is open-minded and smart enough to converse with him in private and help him make and deal with tough decisions that weigh on the leaders who have to make them. An example somewhat would be John F. Kennedy Jr. & Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy (without the cheating).
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Jasmine & Naveen
Jasmine wants a social man who will not hinder her social life. She spent her whole life trapped inside without really getting to explore. She also needs someone that she can relate to. Naveen is a perfect choice for Jasmine because he has a perfect balance of what Jasmine wants and what Jasmine needs. Like Jasmine, Naveen wants to have a lot of fun. Also like Jasmine, Naveen grew up rich and spoiled therefore growing accustomed to that certain type of lifestyle as Jasmine did. (Though he embraced it much more than she did.) This gives Naveen a unique ability to provide Jasmine with the fun and social events that she yearns for (and he has spent his whole life doing) as well as coming from royalty gives him the unique ability to personally identify with how Jasmine grew up. He would know all about what it's like to have everyone else do everything for you and tell you how everything is to be done. I think they would really enjoy a freedom together. They also seem to have a similar disposition towards material goods. Neither of them is incredibly materialistic but they did both obviously grow up with an appreciation for the finer things, having been raised around them their whole lives.

Naveen wants a woman who won't cramp his style, for lack of a better phrase. He wants a woman who will admire him as is, instead of trying to change him. Jasmine is a perfect match for him in many ways. Since she grew up so sheltered and lonely, she would never want to just stay in all the time. She might even wear him out on going out! XD She would also love that while he's a bit cocky and arrogant, it seems in a much more loose manner than the princes she is used to meeting. He likes to have fun which is obvious by just looking at him. I think she would be incredibly intrigued at finding another royal that reminded her so much of herself. She also wouldn't see as much wrong with him since she shares a lot of the same flaws. In addition, he has a big sense of humor and needs someone who won't be "a stick in the mud". Jasmine is plenty open to new experiences and pretty witty herself. (Also, he needed a woman who had money like his family which Jasmine would provide as well, so he wouldn't need Jasmine to work to pay for him like Tiana did.)
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PS. I realize some of you might be uncomfortable about traditional gender roles. I am very mixed genetically (especially European and Asian) and I come from both cultures, eastern with traditional gender roles as well as western with progressive and un-traditional gender roles. Please respect that some people prefer traditional gender roles without being a misogynist or whatever other labels get associated with such values and traditions by western/anti-eastern cultured people. Lots of eastern cultures have a great emphasis on gender roles still today. Many of these traditional couples, whether of western or eastern background, are more than welcome to divorce yet have very low divorce rates. This doesn't have to do with sexism but often comes from a place of balance as they are seen as ying and yang, opposites that compliment each other. This is something that is completely subjective and relative to the culture one is raised in. While some western and/or progressive cultures might see eastern and/or traditional ones as "wrong", "extreme" or "old-timey", etc. that is their right to have that opinion but it doesn't actually make traditional cultures wrong or hateful. Please try to show respect and decency when commenting as I don't want this to become a war of cultures. I ask that we can all show respect for the cultural differences that may occur in opinions as this is a global site with a full range of diverse opinions and I want people to feel comfortable giving their unique opinions. Thank you for your consideration and respect.