A&E: We believe that women can save themselves. Really… We think women can kick all the butt they want and are powerful and inspirational! I want young girls to watch this and be amazed at what women can do. Our women aren’t damsels in distress. Emma is our own disney princess. She’s special… Our creation. We believe love will truly make you strong. 

Belle: Raised by a loving mother and father. A princess. Very privileged. Sacrificed her freedom to save her family and Kingdom, fought Rumple with everything she had, tried to stop him from hurting perfect strangers because of what she believed in. Never compromised her beliefs. 

Snow: Grew up with a loving father. Had a loving mother. Very privileged and wealthy. Learned to adapt or die in a second and lived in the forest to escape her evil stepmother. Learned archery. Fought to help people.  

Jasmine: Raised wealthy as a princess, privileged and not exposed to the world. Goes to fight for her Kingdom and tries to get other people to help. Fought for what she believed in. Doesn’t back down, isn’t afraid. 

Abigail: Raised as a princess, privileged life, tried to do her duty for her kingdom, but had been fighting and trying to get the man she loved back.

Ariel: A princess, was a mermaid raised under the sea. Went after the human man she fell in love with in a second with reckless abandon. Fought hard for what she wanted. Suffered for it and still found him anyway.

Emma, raised as a princess and the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming: Tra la la la la. Pretty flowers. Oh no… My parents are dead. Whoops! Isn’t my hair and makeup pretty? What is a “belief” or a “fight”. Love is “strength”? No… Love made me this soft marshmallow who won’t actually do anything for those she loves… Ah. I love daisies. 

A&E: Like we said… We love our Queen Regina and women are only strong if Regina allows them to be. Regina is strength. We like the idea that “strength” means “evil and pain” when it comes to Regina and we had this character (reads smudged writing on hand) Ella Smart lying around so we kind of wanted to use her to show that you won’t be willing to fight for love unless an Evil Sorceress ruins your life and tries to murder and curse you. You see this way… The Evil is what’s best… Our precious Evil Psycho can get all the praise she deserves not just from us, but the characters as well. It makes sense. It does.


Disney Princesses and Their Antagonists


Keep Your Chin Up

Towards the end of Cinderella, after her daughters have unsuccessfully tried to put on the glass slipper, Lady Tremaine lies to the Duke that there are no other women in the house, saying, “There’s no one else, Your Grace.” Have any of you ever noticed that, when she says this sentence, not only does she shake her head no, but she also sticks her chin upwards?

To me, this gesture does not mean that she afraid of looking the Duke in the eye because she is telling a lie. In fact, not only does Lady Tremaine appear to be looking at him even when he is off screen, but it is very clear that, as long as she has things laid out perfectly and can get away with it, she is not afraid to lie at all. Instead, her gesture is really a sign of her snobbishness (since some snobby, wealthy people stick their chins up to show how they think are of greater importance than others) as well as her arrogance and confidence in lying to the Duke.

Remember, by this point, Lady Tremaine had already grasped the key in her pocket, so she thinks she still has it with her; therefore, she is completely confident that Cinderella has no chance of escaping her room and that she will get away with telling this lie to the Duke.

But then when she hears Cinderella calling and sees her at the top of the stairs right before the Duke walks out, Lady Tremaine is completely shocked and confused at how Cinderella escaped, then tries everything to keep her plans from being ruined…but despite her efforts, she is ultimately unsuccessful.

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