When I was little I used to pretend that Ariel was my mom and Melody was my big sister. It helped me cope with the fact that I didn’t have a sister and that my parents were beginning to fight and later divorce. It made me feel like I had a stable loving family.
Some people claim that Ariel and other petite princesses influenced their body insecurities and eating disorder(s), but as a person who has previously had an ED myself, I don’t think Disney ever made me question my body or make me insecure about it. I know that everyone experiences things differently, but if I’m honest, Disney was one of the only things that helped me through bulimia and other problems when I was eleven.
I’m an out lesbian and I’ve loved Disney my whole life. I had a MASSIVE crush on Ariel when I was little and my fascination with Disney princesses helped my realize my gayness at a fairly young age. Still, I wish there was more representation in the Disney universe. As f/f pairs are becoming more mainstream, I’m hoping we could get some recognition. To see a Disney character love another woman on screen would be all my little gay heart could wish.
When Ariel is on that rock watching Eric walk away, and she sings “watch and you’ll see, someday I’ll be, part of your world” I feel that in my soul. The love of my life is away in the navy. When he comes home during the summer to visit, I’m his special mermaid for a day. I relate to Ariel and her time constraints to fall in love. I only have one day a year to show my best friend how much I love him
I’m disabled/chronically ill and spent most of my childhood not being able to walk. I would always watch The Little Mermaid because I related to her wish to have legs and be able to walk. I’m 20 now and still feel very connected to Ariel. She’ll forever have a very special place in my heart.
TRIGGER WARNING- SEXUAL HARASSMENT: When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Ariel so badly. Now that I work as a Princess Performer for children’s parties and Ariel is the main character that I do, all of the very aggressive on-the-job sexual harassment I face has completely ruined it for me.
As a physically disabled person, Ariel is one of my favorite princesses. “Part of Your World” has always meant so much to me because I dreamed of having new legs just like Ariel did