Communication Studies

This study presents a quantitative content analysis of the romantic expressions portrayed in the 12 Disney princess movies. The films were analyzed for presence of romantic expressions (ideals and challenges) and the character reactions to those expressions. Results indicated that romantic expressions are prevalent in these films, with idealization of other as the most common ideal expressed. The transitional era of films (i.e., princess movies released between 1989 and 1998) contained roughly the same number of ideals as the other eras of classic (i.e., movies released before 1989) and modern (i.e., movies released after 1998) combined. Further, ideals were three times more common than challenges in classic films, whereas ideals and challenges were expressed equally in transitional and modern films. In general, across all three eras, challenges were most commonly met with punishing and negative reactions, whereas ideals were most often rewarded. Finally, there were no sex differences in terms of ideal expressions, but male characters were the dominant pursuers in 9 of the 11 films that featured a romantic relationship.

Water under the bridge? Former Bachelor star Jason Mesnick dished to a fan that ex Melissa Rycroft is “happy” years after their rocky split after the reality show. The reality stud got engaged to Melissa during the finale of season 13 in 2009. However, shortly after, he changed his mind, dumped her and got engaged to the runner-up, Molly Malaney. The two are still married today and he claims that everything ended up A-OK with everyone.

The 43-year-old Bachelor Nation alum dished that his 15-year-old son recently discovered his season of The Bachelor on Netflix and asked fans on Instagram on December 15 if he should be allowed to watch it. Of course, this brought all sorts of nostalgia into the comment section. “Your season was my favorite. Felt bad for Melissa but it all worked out in the end,” one follower wrote. “She’s happy and you are happy and that’s all that matters.”

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Jason definitely agreed with the sentiment and responded, “Thank you! We are all happy now!” Both of the exes appear to be doing great these days. Jason and Molly officially got married in 2010 and share their 6-year-old daughter, Riley. The former leading man’s son, Ty, is from his previous marriage.

Courtesy of Jason Mesnick Instagram

As for Melissa, 36, after her tumultuous stint on the reality show, she went on to compete on Dancing With the Stars where she came in third place. She’s now married to Tye Strickland and they have three kids together — Ava, Beckett and Cayson. The former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader gushed over her supportive hubby for their anniversary on December 12. “A decade of marriage! From the calm to the chaos — I love the life we’ve built together!! Cheers to us!” she wrote on Instagram. Aw, too sweet!

It seems as though Jason has always been trying to move on from the awkward ending of his season. Back in 2017, he gave an update on his family’s life and confessed that he doesn’t wish things went any other way. “Everything is amazing now,” he dished to the HuffPost. “We have a beautiful baby, and Ty is great. Molly and I are great. When you have a great marriage and a beautiful child that comes from it, it’s hard to have any regrets about where we stand now.”

All is well that ends well. Right, Jason?

Oh, have you heard? A little something called The Bachelor season finale happened recently, and Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s decision to leave Becca Kufrin essentially flipped fans’ lives UPSIDE DOWN. In the midst of us trying not to fume over the absolute ridiculousness of the situation, this reminder from two of The Bachelor’s past contestants actually gives us some hope. After all, they’re basically the authority on a last-minute Bachelor switch-up.

Way back in season 13, Jason Mesnick gave Melissa Rycroft his final rose, only to end things with her and reveal he still had feelings for runner-up Molly Malaney (now Mesnick). Melissa was understandably upset and emotional, telling Jason that he should have let her go instead of making her go through that whole experience. (Arie, you should’ve taken notes!)

Now, almost 10 years have passed since that dramatic season, and by the looks of Melissa’s tweets, these women have let wounds heal.


Can I just say, @MollyMesnick looks beautiful tonight…OG Bachelor Switcharoo’s – we’re all doing fine, and ended up where we should have in life…I think the universe is going to be ok. #thebachelor #og

— Melissa Rycroft (@MelissaRycroft) March 7, 2018

Molly responded with equal grace and class . . .

Melissa…thank you ❤️ Folks👇🏻…The universe is going to be OK #thebachelor #spreadlove

— Molly Mesnick (@MollyMesnick) March 7, 2018

Their tweets are a definite reality check and a sweet reminder that we don’t always know how things will play out. Molly and Jason are still together and raising their family, while Melissa is married to Tye Strickland and a mom of three. Now they have nothing but nice words for each other. So listen up, everyone! According to these two badass, lovely ladies, “the universe is going to be OK.” That’s a motto we can get behind. We hope Becca, Arie, and Lauren all end up with the same feelings, too.

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Bachelor’s Jason and Melissa Say They Broke Up Before Final Rose Taping

The Bachelor, Melissa, Jason

If you’re mad at Jason Mesnick for dumping his fiancée on the air, you can stop: Both Mesnick and ex Melissa Rycroft now say they broke up before the taping of The Bachelor: After the Final Rose.
Of course, you now can fire up the ol’ outrage over the fact that what we watched Monday night wasn’t a breakup at all, but rather a relationship post-mortem presented to viewers in a way that made it look like a breakup.
Mesnick and Rycroft say in separate interviews that the relationship ended before the taping. Rycroft also confirmed that those widely circulated post-taping e-mails between her and Mesnick are real.
“Melissa definitely knew before going on,” Mesnick told “I mean, our last conversation was: ‘Are you gonna to wear the ring? Because you know we’re not together.’
“I think that she probably had some hopes still that maybe I was gonna change my mind,” he added, “’cause she was really upset. We didn’t talk a couple of days before we shot . And that’s OK.”
Rycroft, meanwhile, says the only thing that caught her off-guard was Mesnick telling her he wanted to pursue a relationship with runner-up Molly Malaney — which he up and did as soon as Rycroft left the After the Final Rose set. Mesnick and Malaney have been dating for about six weeks.
“I knew on the night After the Final Rose I wasn’t getting dumped. We had already ended the relationship, and that was mutual,” Rycroft said on Thursday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I repeatedly asked , ‘Is Molly involved in anything? Am I going to be blindsided by anything? Is there anything you want to tell me?’ And he said, ‘No, gosh no.’ And the second I went out on that stage, he goes, ‘P.S., it is Molly,’ and I went, ‘Bastard.'”
Rycroft believes Mesnick and Malaney were in touch while she and Mesnick were engaged.
“I know there had been at least one contact … where he was ‘checking on her,’ so it was just in the back of my mind,” Rycroft said. “I would casually ask, you know, ‘Are you talking to her? Have you talked to her? Tell me, just be honest’ … He kept saying no.”
Rycroft also told DeGeneres she’s now dating someone she’s known for about two years, saying, “He has been my biggest rock and supporter throughout this whole process. He’s become my best friend.”
Maybe that’s why she didn’t want to be the new Bachelorette.
What do you think? Do you feel manipulated by Monday’s non-breakup breakup? Or happy Mesnick didn’t break the news to Rycroft on-air?

Melissa Rycroft is shedding new light on when she fell ill during a harrowing trip to the Dominican Republic — including why her parents thought she had died at one point.
“There was one report that was out that I was dead,”the Bachelor alum told ET’s Keltie Knight during an interview to promote her judging role on the latest season of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. “My parents were frantically calling me that morning going, ‘We are getting people calling with their condolences.’ Like, ‘Mom, I’m on the phone with you. I’m in my bed.”

“I was never under the care of a nurse. I was never dying, I don’t think. I felt like it a few times but I was never dying,” she added.
Last week, the 36-year-old TV star shared with her Instagram followers that she had fallen ill while on vacation in the Dominican Republic with her family. According to CBS News, at least eight Americans have died while vacationing there since the beginning of the year.
Rycroft’s rep told ET, “She got an upset stomach on the second day of vacation, but it passed. Once they came home, she got severe cramping.”

The rep added that it lasted for over a week, and she’s been tested for possible parasites and any other infections. “She’s assuming it’s something food borne, but no one else in her family is ill.”
As of June 19, she told her social media followers that she still didn’t have a diagnosis regarding her illness, but noted that “new meds are making me feel so much better!!!”
Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader who stars on the CMT show along with fellow Dancing with the Stars alum Cheryl Burke, also chatted about being a positive influence for the girls.

“I love to come back and be that positive influence for the girls. You never know what’s going to happen,” she shared. “If I could be that little bit of inspiration, these girls are 18, 19-years-old, I think that’s great.”

She went on to say that crushing dreams is one of the most difficult parts of being a judge.

“That’s the hardest part of the job because it’s emotional,” Rycroft confessed. “They’re real people with families behind them and their support systems behind them. Many of them give us everything they’ve got. Even that sometimes isn’t enough in a field this competitive.”

“I think the best part of the show is that it gave this exposure. There’s this stigma about these girls that they are pretty little sticks with pom poms and there’s so much to them,” Rycroft added. “I’m glad that the world gets to see that.”

The new season of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team airs in August on CMT. Be sure to tune in for more of ET’s exclusive interview with Melissa Rycroft on Wednesday’s show.


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How to Live Happily Ever After

MELISSA RYCROFT, she was one of 25 women competing for Jason Mesnick’s attention on The Bachelor. “I went on the show with an open mind and an open heart-and I think everyone knows how it ended!” the 26-year-old jokes. (In case you missed it, Jason proposed to Melissa on the season finale, then called off the engagement on a follow-up episode just six weeks later to pursue a relationship with the show’s runner-up.) But instead of dwelling on that public disappointment, Melissa moved on. She nabbed an impressive third-place finish on Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) , became a Good Morning America special contributor, and reconnected with Tye Strickland, whom she’d dated off and on for two years. Then last December, Melissa and Tye said “I do” in front of nearly 200 friends and family members in an ocean-side wedding on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. “I still can’t believe it,” she says. “This past year, my life has been a fairy tale!” Melissa sat down with Shape to share what that “crazy” time taught her about falling in love, planning a wedding, and following your heart no matter what.

True love will find you

Melissa and Tye were a couple before The Bachelor, and their breakup was what prompted Melissa to go on the show. “I was completely heartbroken, and I figured it would get me out of Dallas and reintroduce me to life,” Melissa says. “Plus, it gave Tye time away from me.” Not long after the show’s follow-up episode, she and Tye got back together, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. “We’ve had a crazy road, which is why our wedding song was Rascal Flatt’s ‘Bless the Broken Road,'” Melissa says. “But when we look back on it, we know it was all part of God’s plan for us. Everything falls into place when the timing is right.

“I heard someone say that when you find your true love, you’ll feel at home all the time. Tye is my home: He’s my peaceful, comforting place, and I have a feeling of complete happiness whenever I’m around him.”

There’s no such thing as the perfect wedding

“I wanted my family and Tye’s family to be happy witth the wedding, but of course I wanted to be happy too,” Melissa says. “So I served a variety of foods and played a mix of music, and I made sure every guest detail from transportation to activities was covered.” Her favorite tip for brides-to-be: Just relax and make it your perfect day. “My philosophy was that I was going to eat the food, dance to the music, and spend time with my husband-and not let little things like centerpieces or napkins stress me out. Even if my cake had shown up black and my flowers were all dead, my wedding still would have been perfect to me.”

Your inner voice is always right

When it came to her wedding details-everything from having only four close friends in her bridal party to skipping a honeymoon-Melissa knew exactly what she wanted and trusted her instincts. “I went to Alfred Angelo for my gown, and I fell in love with the first dress I saw in their catalog,” she says. “They had it shipped, I tried it on, and it was the dress. The store had me scheduled for a three-hour appointment, but I was out in 20 minutes!”

And as for the honeymoon, her gut was right about that too: “Tye was starting his business in January, so going away just didn’t feel right,” Melissa says. “Everyone said we had to take a honeymoon because of the symbolism, butour symbolism was we were starting over together.”

Don’t let fear hold you back

When Melissa was offered the opportunity to replace Nancy O’Dell (after the then– Access Hollywood co-anchor injured herself during show rehearsals) on DWTS, there was one catch: She had only two days to learn the routine. “I was terrified d kept thinking, ‘Everyone is either going to love this or they’re going to hate it,'” she says. “But when I stepped out onstage, the audience went wild. I could just feel my life changing at that point.”

She was right: Her stint on DWTS led to Melissa’s job as a special contributor on Good Morning America. “I almost asked the producers, ‘Are you sure?'” she says. “But they said they wanted me to bring my personality into the show, and I thought, ‘Well, I can do that.’ It’s been an amazing ride, and I can’t believe it’s still going.”

Don’t ever compromise who you are

Despite her new career in show business, this former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has no plans to relocate to Los Angeles or New York City. “Our families, friends, and Tye’s job are all here in Texas,” she says. “We’re going to keep our lives where they are and where they’ve always been.” For the newlywed, that means many days on the road. “I travel several times a month,” Melissa says. “Sometimes Tye comes with me, which makes it more fun. But when he can’t, we have a rule that we won’t be apart for more than four days.”

Workouts should be fun

Training for DWTS required eight-hour practices, seven days a week, which left Melissa trim and toned-but exhausted. “I was in the best shape of my life,” she says. “At one point I looked at my abs and I could count them! But that’s not my natural body, and I knew I couldn’t keep working out at that intensity.” And after the show, Melissa completely stopped exercising. “I needed to step away from it, because I didn’t want to lose the joy of working out. After a month, I started to miss it and I felt ready to start again.” She now runs two or three miles four to six days a week, and strength-trains at home. And while looking sculpted is a plus, Melissa says that exercise helps her stay emotionally strong too. “It’s a stress reliever, and it’s my time to be alone and sort out my thoughts,” she says. “After a run, my tension is gone and I always feel better the rest of the day.”

Being healthy is a lifestyle

Melissa’s not shy about admitting that her break from working out became a diet free-for-all too. “Tye and I would eat out several nights a week and have all kinds of fatty foods,” she says. “But when we started exercising again, we knew we had to eat better too-it’s crucial for getting results.” Instead of dieting, the couple made simple changes, including having most meals at home instead of in restaurants. “Now we eat out only once a week-either on Friday or Saturday-and I cook on most other days,” Melissa says. “For the past few years, I’ve just been taking care of myself, and right now I’m really enjoying having a meal on the table when Tye gets home- we’ll see how long that lasts! I make a lot of chicken, but I just learned how to prepare ahi tuna, and it’s delicious!”

Melissa has even found a way to eat healthy without omitting fast food. “When I really want something like chicken fingers and french fries, I just have a kids meal,” she says. “It’s enough to satisfy my craving.”

There’s more than one definition of sexy

Melissa has discovered the secret to feeling fabulous no matter how she looks or what she’s wearing: self-assurance. “Confidence, and how you portray it, is sexy,” she says. “I do it by smiling and being happy and bubbly. I’m not Megan Fox sexy, but I’m girl-next-door sexy-and I know Tye finds that very attractive. Everyone needs to find their own meaning of the word-and flaunt it!”

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