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Thea Barrozo Apr 27, 2020

The Unpopular Opinion: I AM NO DAMSEL IN DISTRESS

Disney has been creating fantastic tales that truly make a mark in one's childhood. From simple fantasy stories to adventure stories that rattle the imagination of whoever is attached to the magical world of Disney, the company has been successful at churning out classic and modern epics, whether in animation or live action. This magical universe challenges one's train of thoughts as every story explores the deep imagery of every line delivered by exceptional characters.

Furthermore, one of the remarkable things about Disney is its capacity to come out with remarkable remakes of fairytales that have touched even the deepest dreams of children. That said, behind the magical world of Disney is a hidden sacred feminism, an empowerment of women concealed behind the lines and the fairy tales while debunking the gender norms in society.

As a typical girl growing up with the dream of being one of the enchanting Disney Princesses, I am looking forward to being the star of my own fairytale-like story someday. You know, a story full of adventures and stuff that a real Disney princess gets blessed with. Add in some sorcery, talking things, and fairies to the concoction, and it would be complete. These are just some of the typical items in the wish list of a child who has grown up in the magical universe of Disney. From Cinderella and her fabulous glass shoes, Sleeping Beauty and her supportive fairies, Snow White and her seven little companions, these are just some of the well-known fairytales all around the globe made possible by the wondrous technology and brilliance that is exclusively Disney’s. However, if you look closer at those magical stories of the various Disney damsels in distress, there is a hidden women empowerment theme just waiting to unfold.

Almost all of the leading characters in a typical Disney fairytale are women. It may be a princess trapped in a tower for so long, a normal provincial girl, a magical creature, a warrior. However, that character is always a headstrong girl. From the different roles the heroines in every Disney story portray, it just goes to show how women, by all means available to the fairer gender, are as equally skilled as men.

Take the story of Mulan, for instance. Mulan is the first born in a Chinese family. In the story, Mulan made the radical decision to disguise herself as a man and join the army fighting the Huns. She didn’t want her partially crippled father, who used to be a famous army general, to rejoin the troops battling the marauders and protecting China and the Emperor. Her deception of her commanding officer and her comrades was considered an act of treason, but she was able to show she had the courage to match – or even exceed – that of a man.

In the animated movie "Brave", the heroine Merida proved that women could lead an entire clan by themselves. The movie also showed that it is not necessary to have a man behind every successful woman. The movie proved that women and men are equally strong and independent from each other.

Then there’s Moana, which is about a girl who succeeded in saving her village from the dilemma its people were facing, resulting in the unfolding of the great history of their civilization.

These are just some of the stories of exceptional ladies raising the colors of women while hidden in their own enchanted tales. Those tales prove that women can become the knight in shining armor who will save the world and those they love, in the process. Behind the fancy jewelry and incredible wardrobe are the hidden vigor, vitality and determination of a seemingly typical girl.

The stories demonstrate that women could be the greatest individuals that history writers could ever chronicle, and that all women, in all types of standards on beauty, are masterpieces of grace under pressure while dressed in fancy garments. Behind every Disney tale lies a story emphasizing the value of women in our society, proving that every maiden in need is not always a damsel in distress, but a hero in heels.

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Serene Fae 2 days ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

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