So tired of people saying that Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora and Ariel are bad role models and are bad for young girls when Snow and Cinderella are abuse survivors, and Ariel had an abusive Father who pushed her into thinking about making the deal with Ursula.
Aurora was willing to give up everything for her kingdom, for her kingdom’s people, which would have been true to her time. And is courageous.
They are not perfect, but not a single Disney Princess or character is. They’re characters. They are going to make mistakes and have flaws, and that’s human.
Snow fucks up by eating the apple, Snow is optimistic, she wants to believe that most people are good until proven wrong. She doesn’t want to judge by appearance. She teaches that you should listen to your intuition as she was uncomfortable and same with the animals before she ate the apple. Also, Snow teaches kids that “You can fill the world with sunshine “, that, yeah, life is shit, and people are shitty, but you can be the sunshine that the world needs.
But one fuck up, and she’s “a horrible character. “
Cinderella doesn’t let her Stepmom or her Stepsisters abuse poison her. She keeps strong and tough and keeps her dreams firmly tight that one day, she’ll be free and happy. She only breaks down once, when her mother’s dress was ripped into pieces. Cinderella stands up for herself and doesn’t let her Step Family get under her skin. In short, she’s strong mentally.
Same with Aurora. She’s basically forced to marry and take the throne when she wants to stay in the woods and be with the mysterious boy that she danced with. But she bravely takes in her duty. Sometimes…. we have to do something that we don’t want to do.
Ariel ? Her abusive Father smashes all her human items and treasures right in her face and emotionally and vulnerably heads towards Ursula. Ursula then makes her dreams and fantasies of being human and being with Eric look reachable and tasty. Ursula is highly manipulative. She sings faster and faster, forcing Ariel to make a quick now-or-never decision. She fucks up. She apologizes to her worried Dad. She knows that she made a mess.
Again, one fuck up and she’s a “horrible character “
It worries me that women who call themselves a feminist, also won’t let their daughters and sons watch a movie where girls just make a crappy mistake when it’s so human to make them. It worries me when women who call themselves a feminist won’t let their children watch Snow, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella because it just screams of victim blaming.
Teach your daughters and sons that it’s okay to make mistakes, and not to victim blame.
Also, the whole magical kiss while in coma thing. Snow knew the Prince, and watch the scene again. The Prince is a giving her a “kiss goodbye “. In Sleeping Beauty, Phillip is told that Aurora will only awaken by the kiss of a true love. The Prince and Phillip are not going around kissing random sleeping women.
I also find it funny, that one of these complaints about the classic princesses comes from the women who voiced Anna from Frozen. I don’t hate Anna, but, like she wanted to marry a stranger only a few hours after knowing him, AND GAVE HIM FULL LEADERSHIP OF HER KINGDOM LIKE ???!! come on.