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Many of us were absolutely RAISED on Disney when we were kids. We grew up with the incredible cinema releases of The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella, Mulan and The Little Mermaid, and it changed our lives forever.

The Disney princess role has changed as the generations got older (and more feminist), bringing more progressive films with 3D female characters such as Brave, Frozen, Moana, The Princess and the Frog and Tangled.

Kiera Knightly recently spoke out against the films, saying that her three-year-old daughter is banned from watching them in her home.

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When asked why, she said to "rescue yourself!" from the prince is a far better message to send to young women; "Cinderella waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t." Right on, gal, right on. Fight the power.

However, when we were watching the classic princess films as children, I highly doubt we realised at the time just how YOUNG they all are, which arguably makes the movies seem a tad creepy.

It's basically teens getting sexualised and sent off to live with a man who has privilege over them forever.

For decades, young girls have been seeing these characters as role models; they're compassionate, fierce, caring, brave and highly intelligent.

Many of the gals are preparing for marriage, but they're in their mid-teens. Seems a little weird, considering the men they're marrying are often at least ten years older.

For example. Pocahontas' age in the film was never confirmed, but in real life she actually met John Smith when she was just a 10 year old girl. Ew.

First up: Princess Jasmine. Aladdin's bae was only 15-years-old in the film, as a recent The Mary Sue article pointed out. So when she's dressed in red and is seducing Jafar (a creepy old man), she's officially underage…

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A key portion of the film revolves around the fact that she's obliged to marry a prince before her sixteenth birthday, which is three days away.

The Mary Sue also noted that Jasmine is a highly sexualised character, with Jafar commanding the genie to force her to love him. Alright…we're officially disturbed.

Plus, that waist-line is a fantasy; she'd fit maybe half an organ in there if she's lucky.

HuffPost has previously pointed out that none of the 'official' Disney princesses are older than 19, even though most of them are wed or engaged by the end of each of their respective movies.

Ariel is a sixteen-year-old who claims to be an adult, while Eric is the ripe old age of 18. So in today's day-and-age, it would be illegal for them to marry.

Granted, these films are purely fantasy, but it's pretty strange how they design the princesses as sexualised teenagers who always end up with an older man.

If this next one doesn't shock you, we don't know what will. Snow White is just 14 YEARS OLD when she meets her prince, and escapes from a cruel queen who tries to cut out her heart out of vanity.

The prince also kisses her while she's KO'd; problematic as f*ck.

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Kristen Bell has also pointed out issues with Snow White as a film, which was the first colour Disney animation and was released back in 1938.

“Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell says she asked her daughters. “Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!” Hello, consent?

Fairy tales don’t have a stable form, and every era rewrites centuries old fairy tales to fit it's specific agenda or zeitgeist. Many Disney princesses were based on the 1812 Brothers Grimm tales.

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They changed their book of stories to adapt to 19th-century German bourgeois family values, so why can't we update them in 2019?

Cinderella was transformed into a live-action remake recently, but ZERO alterations were made. 

Our Chinese hero warrior Mulan, famous for it's WHOPPER tunes like I'll Make a Man Out of You: she's also sixteen. Yet she has to nurture a fragile toxic male ego, and marries him in the end.

Ok, then, it took a woman to fix a man's dodgy job and her reward is a lifetime of obedience. Sleeping Beauty's Aurora was also 16-years-old, and we've got another classic case of non-consent.

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While Disney has 100 percent made improvements for it's female characters, like Frozen's Queen Elsa and Princess Anna especially, and Brave's Merida (also 16); it's important to be aware of the classic films and their morals.

The live-action Aladdin doesn't arrive for another few months (May 24 to be exact), we have no idea if Jasmine will be a more marriage-appropriate age. The actress cast to play her is 25-years-old, at least.

Naomi Scott isn't a teenager, so let's hope her character isn't either.  Scott told Entertainment Weekly that her character’s goal is “really to protect her people, to do right by them," in December, so we have high hopes.

The eye-wateringly hot Marwan Kenzari has been cast as Jafar in the live-action flick, and he looks FAR younger than the animated character. He's a certified thirst trap.

We're relieved they're moving away from the creepy-old-man game, thank God. The movie looks intriguing, if just for a blue Will Smith as the genie. (Check out those memes about him, they're amazing)

Bring on the badass empowered female princesses, like Meghan Markle and the Thai princess Ubolratana who recently attempted to run for Prime Minister. Get it, gurls.

Feature image: knowyourmeme.com



Twelve boys and their football coach were saved from a Tham Luna cave after it filled with water and trapped the football team for 17 days underground.

The boys and their teacher were taken to hospital and are expected to make full recoveries. 

In the bid to save the football team from the rising flood waters, experienced divers from around the world came to their aid.

Whilst they were successful in saving the young boys, sadly a Navy SEAL diver, Saman Kunan passed away during the mission.

The experienced diver came into difficulty when installing oxygen tanks along the cave's narrow passages and sadly lost his life on July 6.

Health officials, yesterday delivered the news to their coach and the 12 boys.


Prior to this, the young boys and their teacher had no idea that a diver had lost his life during the rescue.

They were only informed of his death, once deemed mentally and physically stable to learn of the news.

Once told, many of the boys cried, held a minute of silence and penned thank you notes to the former Navy SEAL.

Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Health Ministry, said:

"All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him.

"They also thanked him and promised to be good boys."

The Thai officials released photographs of the boys surrounding a sketch of Kunan with their heads bowed.

In order to save the boys from the cave, almost 100 divers joined the cause from around the globe.

The boys are due to be discharged from hospital on Thursday, July 19. 


Thai boys that were rescued from a flooded cave could be out of hospital by next week, according to officials. 

Twelve boys and their football coach were saved from a Tham Luna cave after it filled with water and trapped the football team for 17 days underground.

The Health Minister, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, announced to reporters that the boys were expected to be discharged on Thursday, July 19. 

"We need to prepare both the children and their families for the attention they will receive when they come out," he said.

The schoolboys are reportedly in good health and show no signs of stress, despite losing an average of 2kg (4.4lb) during the 17 days, said a senior health official.  

The team of divers and volunteers who successfully save the boys came from across the globe, including the United States, Japan, Finland, and Laos, reports the Metro.co.uk. 

At a press conference, Governor Narongsak addressed the team's ordeal:

'The children are neither heroes nor villains. They’re simply kids having an accident.'

‘Now that they’re known to millions of people, I believe they would contribute to the betterment of society in the future."

The Metro.co.uk reports that a father of 13-year-old Duangpetch Promthep, Banphot Konkum, said the team didn't realise the rain had begun to fall when they entered the cave on June 23.

"After an hour when they wanted to leave, the water level was rising. They ran further inside the cave to escape from the water. The water flow was strong.’ In their search for a safe haven, the boys were reported to have used their hands to feel the walls for an opening to take them to a higher, safer spot."

"Searchers later found what they thought were the boys’ handprints, giving them confidence the boys were alive and that the searchers were on the right path," explained Mr Banphot.  

"They, all 13 of them, saw a small passage or a crawl space, so they all dug the hole to get through to another spot, until they found Nen Nom Sao.’

'The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to safer, higher ground." 

"Those handprints were among the first signs of where the boys were, what they had done to escape the floods, and what dangers rescuers would face in their mission to save the boys and their coach," the dad added. 



The Irish naval vessel, LÉ Eithne, rescued 183 migrants from the Mediterranean sea this morning.

According to BreakingNews.ie, the vessel first spotted 113 people floating on an inflatable boat that was drifting in the water.

They later rescued 70 more people from a boat in distress, which was stuck around 40km off the coast of Libya.

The migrants then received food, water and medical treatment when on board LÉ Eithne.



Coast Guards have rescued two dogs in separate incidents in Dublin over the past 24 hours.

Yesterday evening a member of the public contacted the Coast Guard after their dog had slipped and become trapped in a cliff at Red Rock in Sutton.

A team from the Howth station were immediately dispatched and a climber was lowered 15 foot down to the Golden Retriever.

Three-year-old Marely was successfully rescued and reunited with his owner.

In a separate incident earlier today, another dog owned contacted the Coast Guard after their dog swam into a shipping lane in Dublin Bay.

After a quick response from the Howth station, the dog was rescued from the water and reunited with its owner.

A spokesperson for the Coast Guard praised both owners for contacting them rather than attempting to rescue the animals themselves.

We're just glad both doggies are safe and sound. 



A tropical island filled with rescue puppies? Have our dreams come true? We think so.

Because what's better than beautiful landscapes, sunny skies and an abundance of pups that need care and love? Nothing. Nothing is better, we tell you.

On the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos there is a charity dedicated to re-homing and caring for 'potcake' puppies, a mixed breed of Labrador Retriver, German Shepherd and English Fox Terriers that are currently over-bred and over-populated in the Caribbean.

On average, the shelter houses between 50-70 puppies at any time. They make sure all of the dogs receive their vaccinations, are in tip top shape.

They even arrange certification for the pups to travel, and say "if an adoption goes ahead, we help book the pup on the plane, and meet the families at the airport”.

However, if you're not in a position to adopt a puppy, you're more than welcome to come onto the island and play with the dogs because they benefit hugely from human interaction.

To adopt a pup, you have to be over the age of 25 and commit to caring for it for 10-15 years. 

To adopt is free, but the rescue centre does ask for a donation, which we believe it fair enough.



The wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 has been located off the Mayo coast.

The helicopter was found 60 metres off Blackrock Island.

A remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) sent down into the water to establish the location of the wrecked craft. 

The ROV was unable to confirm if the three still-missing crew members are with the wreckage, which went missing last Tuesday. 

"This morning a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) from the Granuaile conducted operations on the sea bed and we located parts of Rescue 116," Superintendent Tony Healy told The Sunday World. 

"We're actively assessing what we found…this is a hugely significant step in the ongoing process of the crew of rescue 116".

Search efforts are continuing to recover the missing crewmen, Captain Mark Duffy,Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith. 

One crew member, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, was discovered last week in critical condition, but later passed away in hospital. 



One person has been found from the Copast Guard helicopter which went missing last night. 

The crew member is said to be in critical condition. 

The search continues off the west coast of Ireland for the rest of the crew, after the chopper with four crew members on board went missing.

The coastguard said that debris has been found spread over a wide area, according to the Connacht Tribune

The search is focused on the Mayo coastline in the Blacksod area. 

Contact was lost with the helicopter at around 1am last night.

The team were out evacuating a crewman in need of medical attention on a UK fishing vessel, according to the Irish Times.

A number of helicopters and all-weather life boats are currently on the scene. 

Feature Image: Rescue 116 Facebook



A brutal image of a blind dog has become the focus of an ongoing online debate surrounding the plight of animals living in Irish puppy farms.

The photo of a grey terrier named Ponda was shared by Animal Heaven Animal Rescue’s Facebook page yesterday alongside a caption which claims the dog only escaped her previous owners because she can no longer produce pups.

“After nine years of breeding the only reason she got out was the fact she can’t have pups anymore,” reads the heartwrenching post.  “Tonight she is recovering at our vets after being spayed and both eyes removed.”

The caption suggests Ponda suffered years of pain while being “forced to have pups” to profit her owners and living in “filthy conditions”.

The Kerry-based charity has called for puppy farming to be banned while posing the question: “Will her face be enough to stop people buying designer dogs for Christmas?”

Naturally, the image of the dog’s oozing eyes has caused great upset among the animal-loving community.

Comments on the post range from genuine upset to sheer anger at the lax regulations which allow such abuse to occur.

“I would love five minute with the people who caused this pain to these unfortunate animals,” wrote one impassioned commentator.  “They’re not fit to be called humans.”

“OMG why don’t the guards do something about this?” asked another.  “My heart really is breaking.  Why are these bad heartless people allowed to do this to a sweet puppy who only really wanted to be loved and cared for?”

Last week, 96 designer puppies – including Basset Hounds, Beagles, Yorkies, Cocker Spaniels and Bichon Frise – bound for the UK market were rescued at Dublin Port.

The pups have been placed in foster homes as they are currently too ill to be assigned to permanent owners.



U2 frontman Bono found himself in a worrying position on Thursday night as he reportedly had to be rescued by armed French police from a Nice restaurant. 

According to The Mirror, the Dublin rocker was on the seafront terrace of La Petite Maison in the French city when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck into the Bastille Day crowd killing 84 people.

The Daily Mail has reported that staff in the up-market venue pulled down the shutters when they realised what was happening and told everyone to hide until the all clear was given.

Bono and the restaurant's other diners were said to have been “gripped by fear” as the events unfolded and were later rescued by armed antiterrorist police who led the group to the nearby Massena square.

Restaurant owner Anne-Laure Rubi told a French magazine: “Suddenly I saw people running, without shouting.”

“It was a silent panic – it was extraordinary.”

A diner at the venue said: “It took around half an hour for the police to get us out.”

“Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head and was told to remain calm.”

On Friday U2 posted a picture of The Edge from their official Twitter account with the caption: “Love is bigger than anything in its way – Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry.”

This is the second time Bono has been close to a major terrorist attack in France as last November he was rehearsing with his U2 bandmates in Paris when 89 people were killed in the nearby Bataclan theatre.



67 dogs and 23 puppies have been rescued from a puppy farm by the ISPCA and Dogs Trust after they were reportedly found caked in their own faeces.

The dogs – which include Maltese, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Pomeranian and Jack Russell breeds – were found to be living in bare concrete runs.

A number of the animals were suffering from serious skin conditions as well as eye and teeth problems which required immediate veterinary attention.

All of the dogs involved were less than three-years-old and were passed into the care of the ISPCA and Dogs Trust through the relevant local authority.

According to an ISPCA press release, the dogs were removed from the premises after the establishment failed to meet upgrades previously outlined by the local authority.

The CEO of the ISPCA Dr Andrew Kelly has thanked the local authority involved in the case for taking action and said “these dogs will now receive the care they deserve and will be rehomed over the coming months when they are ready”.

“Dogs are not cattle or sheep and have very different welfare needs including the need for socialisation and the company of humans. They simply do not get that in these large scale puppy farms,” he continued.

People with information about rogue breeders or suspected animal abuse cases have been asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or make a report online through the ISPCA website.



Just because it’s your wedding day, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed time off – at least that’s what Pennsylvanian nurse Julie Stroyne learned on her big day.

According to People, the 24-year-old trauma nurse was outside her reception venue just hours after walking down the aisle when she came across an unconscious woman.

Julie immediately leapt into action and began performing CPR on the woman – all the while wearing her wedding dress – until the paramedics arrived.

The bride told ABC: “To be honest I don’t remember running. I just threw my purse and my flowers and just went into action.”

“[Her pulse] got stronger as I kept feeling for it which was a good sign. Her respirations were very shallow but I think the action of me giving compressions kind of woke her up.”

“All I have to say is, thank goodness I had one champagne with the toast and that’s it.”

“I didn’t drink at all. Thank goodness I was able to help.”

Julie’s mother told People that she wasn't surprised by her daughter's actions and said "she picked the right calling".

The newlyweds are now holidaying in the UK before completing their honeymoon with a trip to Greece.

After all that, we think their break very well deserved.

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