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 7: POCAHONTAS
Pocahontas’ decision not to return to England with John Smith at the end of the film is often held up by feminists as an excellent example of a female protagonist proving she doesn’t need a man. “I’m needed here,” Pocahontas explains when Smith asks her to leave with him.
Does Pocahontas’ decision to stay with her tribe make her a strong, empowered woman? Or is she giving up on the love of her life unnecessarily?