I have some announcements for the world. They’re my Julia Sugarbaker speeches I want to give to the strawman character who is all set up for my icy middle aged woman takedown. Here we go, gang!
First, a non-Disney speech: Demeaning behaviour is demeaning. It doesn’t matter if you are a “cute fireman” or a “gross fat construction worker”. Looks don’t make it okay for you to catcall at a woman. When you catcall a woman it’s not flirtation. It’s a form of aural assault that says “I don’t care about you as a person, but as an object relatively pleasing to me.” When women greenlight catcalling from “cute guys” that’s like saying it doesn’t matter if the preppy jocks rape someone. After all, wealth and good looks are desirable, so any negative attention from wealthy or goodlooking people should be desirable as well. Nonsense.
Now The Disney Rants:
Companies are about making money. I know that you associate “Disney” with family-related fare. That doesn’t mean that Disney is Grandma. (Yes, I said this on Facebook, too, but I’m expanding it here.) You aren’t owed something special for having kids. The world doesn’t owe you a sort of break for that. Stop going into forums and saying “Disney is about family! They should make X family product more affordable to people with kids.” Here’s the thing. They have a wide range of products. Families with kids have a wide range of incomes. Just because you want to give your child X toy and it costs 30% more than you can afford does not mean that “Disney is ripping [you] off.” It just means that you are now able to teach your child the invaluable meaning of the word “no”. I guarantee she will hear it many times in her life. I’m sorry you can’t always get what you want. There should be a song about that.
On a related note: do not go to Disney World if you cannot afford to go to Disney World. Not everyone can. I’ve had more of my life than not where I couldn’t afford to go to Disney World. So I didn’t go. When I want to go now, I have to give up something else. For example, we only have (how pampered is that mindset?!? “only”) one car. That money we don’t spend on a second vehicle is what pays for a Disney World trip every 2-4 years. Yeah–we go once every few years. And we don’t go on other vacations. So don’t go into forums and start talking about how you make your family go into Pecos Bill’s and eat “salads” comprised of the condiments. The lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions and mushrooms are hamburger toppings. For people who buy hamburgers. The ketchup and mayonnaise are too. They are not “an easy dressing to make at the table!” Y’all sound ridiculous with these “money saving tips.”
And yes, I suppose it’s clear I spent some time on a few Disney forums today. I think I may have to stop doing that, because it’s increasingly less about reminiscing about the par and more about entitlement and thieving.