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Little Mermaid surgery; Do Disney Princesses need to be sexier?

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(Read caption) Adults may find the Little Mermaid surgery ad funny, but little girls could just absorb the message that young women must sculpt themselves into sex objects.

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Once upon a time, we might have complained that Disney Princesses set unrealistic beauty standards for little girls. You know, the slim Belle waist, the big Cinderella eyes, the suggestion that all of life’s activities take place in a poofy dress. Not to mention all those messages about waiting for the prince.

But no longer.  No, now we are longing for our old-fashioned Princesses. Especially Ariel, the Little Mermaid.

Oh, Ariel. 

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See, according to a group of Venezuelan plastic surgeons, whose ad featuring Ariel has gone viral on the Internet, the Little Mermaid, well, needed a little bit of “work.” And not just for her tail.

As part of Clinica Dempere’s “We Make Fairy Tales Come True” ad campaign, Ariel is shown swimming up to the operating table. Then she displays a new pair of long, skinny legs, a rather curvy backside, a full set of lips, and a chest that has been enlarged to the point that it would, I imagine, make any return to life under the sea quite difficult.

Yes, that’s right: According to the plastic surgeons, Disney Princesses just need to get sexier.

Sigh.

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