Full transcript of Benya Kraus’ TEDx Talk: What Disney Doesn’t Tell Us at TEDxYouth@ISBangkok conference.
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Benya Kraus – Student at Tufts University majoring in International Relations
Good evening everybody. I’d like to share a little story with you.
Once upon a time there was a girl named Cinderella who lived in an abusive family. Since she was never allowed out and mice were her only friends, I think it’s safe to say she was pretty sexually frustrated.
But then one night, she snuck out to a party and she met the hottest guy ever. In the span of a couple hours, they were madly in love. And by the next morning Prince Charming’s testosterone levels were raging high. So, he chased her all over towns so they could get married and live happily ever after. This is a story that I and many of you grew up with. It was my guide on how love is and should be.
Disney taught us that love was that stir of passion inside you, the butterflies that fluttered in your tummy. But what Disney doesn’t teach us is that after a while all of that stuff disappears and instead of getting her happily ever after, 10 years down the road Cinderella is actually stuck with this… and this…
I’m just a 17-year-old high school girl. I’ve never gotten married, had a family of my own or really have that much experience on the dating field myself. But in my 17 years, I’ve seen Huffington Post report that 10.6% of the adult U.S population is or has been divorced. I have seen Kim Kardashian marry Kris Humphries and then break up 72 days later. I´ve seen Brittney Spears marry her high school sweetheart for a record of 55 hours. I’ve seen my best friend’s family crumbled from the devastating divorce. I’ve seen affairs happen right before my eyes. And I’ve seen that distance look between parents who try to make it seem like everything is OK, when in reality they don’t even sleep in the same bed anymore.