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 10: RAPUNZEL
On the surface, Disney’s Tangled seems to take us back to a much more traditional storyline: an ingenue looking for a way to escape an evil mother figure. But feminists often point out that Rapunzel’s use of a frying pan as a weapon, and her ability to turn her hair into a lasso allow her to be a more “badass” princess. Beatriz Serrano of Buzzfeed, for example, writes, “How cool is it for a Disney princess to grab a frying pan and use it as a weapon? Is there a more forceful way to reappropriate a symbol of feminine oppression than beating the sh*t out of someone with it?”
Is Rapunzel more “feminist” than the earlier, more traditional, princesses (like Snow White and Cinderella)? If so, is it her skills with her hair and a frying pan that make her a feminist, or is it something else?