Is it just me, or has anyone else realized there’s been a sudden interest in exposing “Disney’s anti-feminism” ever since Brave? Yeah, Merida is a strong female character, but what people are missing is, so are all the other Disney princesses. Hell, so are all the other Disney females. I’m so sick and tired of everyone thinking that to be a “”“”feminist”“”“, girls have to be like Mulan. Because no, that’s not what feminism is about.
Mulan kicks ass and is basically the icon of “girl power”. But you can be a feminist without being strong or bold. You can be a feminist without wielding a sword and beating up a bunch of guys. Feminism isn’t about telling little girls to get out of the kitchen and to shoot guns. But feminism isn’t about telling girls they can’t shoot guns either.
Some girls like to cook, some girls want to get married on their own will, and some girls don’t want to do either. Snow White should be able to bake a pie without “sending the wrong message to little girls”. Aurora should be able to like Prince Phillip without being called “weak”. Ariel should be able to want legs without being criticized for “disempowering herself”.
It is anti-feminism to try to fit these girls into a Mulan mold, believe it or not. Because instead of fitting them into the stereotypical gender role of cooking and cleaning, people are putting them into a different role, a role that expects females to be dedicated activists who call out male bullshit 24/7 and tackle traditionally male-oriented occupations.
People need to understand that girls shouldn’t have any designated “role”. People need to stop having certain expectations for females. Girls (and boys) should be able to aspire to be anything they want without criticism, whether it be in the kitchen, in a cubicle, in the Oval Office, or in the military. Because that’s what feminism is all about. That’s gender equality.
Yesterday, I got into a discussion with my friend over gender roles and the disregard of consent in Disney movies, and his response was: “You’re reading way too much into this.”
^First-rate silencing technique right there.
I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘she looks so much better before!’ comments on this picture and it really grinds my gears.
What if the ‘before’ picture was the skinny one, and they made her bigger? Would you still be saying she looks better before? I’ve seen people say that she looks ‘sick’ and ‘malnourished’ and ‘anorexic’. How is that any better than making fun of someone for being fat?
The problem isn’t that they made her smaller. She would look beautiful either way. The problem is that they changed what she actually looks like, and made her look like something that’s not real.
People who are saying she looks ‘better’ one way or the other are, like it or not, body shaming. She doesn’t look ‘better’ or ‘worse’ in either picture. She’s just completely misrepresented in one photo. One photo is fake. One photo has been manipulated. THAT is the problem. The problem is that they changed her. Doesn’t matter how, doesn’t matter if they made her bigger or smaller or tanner or paler. The point is that it’s not who she is, and that’s not fair.
Be careful when you’re so quick to judge photos like this. Do not shame the people who are in the photos. Concentrate on the culture we live in that insists that these changes are necessary.
I would be furious if I were her. I don’t know if they got her permission to photoshop her body so drastically, but often times editors don’t. Without consent, I see this as a complete violation of one’s body, and I see no reason why not to press charges against it. It is my body, and no one is allowed to do what they want with it without consent.