Settle Down: The Unsettling Truth about Wedded Bliss “Happily ever after.” Whether in Disney

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Settle Down: The Unsettling Truth about Wedded Bliss “Happily ever after.” Whether in Disney movies or cheesy romance novels, these three words have been uttered a countless number of times in a manner of different ways. What society fails to acknowledge is the large impact it has on young girls and their perception of reality. This concept is not just a sweet ending to a heartwarming story that young girls can easily forget. No, rather it is a concept that is targeted at females and repeatedly encouraged by society. They are told what they should expect from relationships and marriage. Furthermore, they are told how to act and behave in order to have a functioning and healthy relationship with their significant other. However, life as we…show more content…
Furthermore, societal pressures also result to girls being forces to dream in a certain way – like wanting a traditional marriage and striving to become the perfect wives to their husbands. The husband, interestingly, is portrayed as a mannequin. The mannequin husband suggests that he is luring girls, as mannequins in stores serve the purpose of luring consumers to buy the item of clothing. Also, the mannequin suggests how numb he is to the wife and the idea of marriage because most males in society are not faced with society’s constant pressures to behave or want certain things. Society enforces this standard to mold women into believing that they want this dream – to get married, live in a nice home, and raise kids, and that it will ultimately lead them to a happier state. However, men in our society are not put to the same standard. The audience comes to know that behind this happy front and life the housewife is leading, her husband is having an extramarital affair with another woman. Worried that she might lose her husband, the wife is seen to work harder around the house. The girl tries to be the wife that she has been influenced by society to be, hoping that it will save her marriage with her partner. This is an idea society has promoted – if something goes wrong in a relationship, it is the woman’s fault. A woman should always aim to please her husband and continue being

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