Welcome to Disney Debate!
Over the next 11 weeks, we’ll discuss each of the “official” Disney princesses. Read the information and question below and then use the comments section to join the debate. Engage with people’s comments by replying to them, and add your own points by creating a new comment. Comments must be civil to be included.
WEEK 5: BELLE
For feminists, the problem with Beauty and the Beast is that it promotes the notion that a “beastly, abusive, troubled man” (Peggy Orenstein) can be transformed into a prince if a woman just tries hard enough to “tame” him. This idea would obviously be detrimental to young girls should they internalize it and seek to put it into practice in their own lives. The question, of course, is:
Does Beauty and the Beast really promote this notion? And, if it doesn’t, what is its message?