Happily Ever After: An Analysis Of Disney's Lack Of Education

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Disney exposed many boys and girls to what we had to do to live out our “happily ever afters”. The damsels in distress were all gorgeous and ignorantly eating apples from strangers or hoarding dinglehoppers until their handsome, wealthy men stepped in to marry them. Cue the end to the happy couple skipping to their white carriage, birds chirping, and the cursive, sparkling script “And they all lived Happily Ever After”. It is then that the guardians of the child will add another scene, one that is only added to the cheap sequels of those enamoring classics, the idea that with a marriage comes a child. Children (especially young girls), will be provided baby dolls with rosy cheeks and plastic pink kitchen sets and told about their modern day …show more content…
These are the lack of of anticipatory socialization to become a caregiver, limited education during pregnancy, the abruptness of the situation, and the lack of clear guidelines for proper parenting (page 310). This lack of education undermines the the purposes of a family: to provide economic support, act as agents of socialization, provide emotional support, and protection to a child. How could anyone perform these tasks properly with no education prior to do …show more content…
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013, it was estimated that the cost of raising a child until the age of 18 (not including the cost of college) was just over $245,000 for an average middle-class couple (http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/18/pf/child-cost/). This stress is even more prominent in families of low income or single parent families. For example, statistically it has been shown that around 40% of all first time marriages will end in divorce. In a majority of divorce cases regarding the custody of children, mothers receive primary custody 68-88% of the time (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-hughes/are-custody-decisions-bia_b_870709.html). In these cases where women do become the primary caregiver, 26% of children (regardless of ethnicity) live in poverty.

Not only can these children not be guaranteed basic necessities such as food, the child’s education suffers as well. A child in poverty is not likely to live in an area where homes have value or high property taxes, which are how schools are paid for. This depletes the amount of resources available for the child regardless of whether the government aids in school funding or not in comparison to children in middle to upper

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