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Is it any wonder my generation has issues after being raised on a visual diet of helpless princesses?

Stefanie Preissner


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"The prince falls in love with mute Ariel, and her legs, establishing a central moral lesson: the less a woman talks, the more lovable she is."

"The prince falls in love with mute Ariel, and her legs, establishing a central moral lesson: the less a woman talks, the more lovable she is."

"The prince falls in love with mute Ariel, and her legs, establishing a central moral lesson: the less a woman talks, the more lovable she is."

I did an audit on my spending last week. I wondered if I had just started to use the ‘rising cost of living’ to explain what was actually unnecessary spending. Turns out, things are certainly more expensive, but I’ve also become tap-happy and have very little need for the number of iced coffees to which I’ve become accustomed. I was also struck by how much my streaming subscriptions cost.

The accumulated outgoings of Netflix, Disney+, Hayu and Amazon Prime really add up. I decided to cut two of them but, wanting to get my money’s worth before I left, I binge-watched movies from my childhood. Many of them, I hadn’t seen at all in the intervening decades and, to be frank, they haven’t aged well. I admit I’ve grown more woke, and cynical, as I’ve settled into my millennial self — so let that be a caveat for the following observations on the ridiculous, prurient, and regressive narratives I noticed.


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