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 8: MULAN
Mulan is the story of a girl who dresses as a man and joins the army to save her father’s life. Feminist critics applaud Mulan as a “girl who does the rescuing” (Variety) and one “who gets to use her wits” (Entertainment Weekly) — contrasting her favorably to the Disney princesses who came before.
Does the fact that Mulan’s success rests on her ability to live up to male expectations make her more of a strong female character, or less of one?