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Damsels In Distress? The Lie We All Believe About Disney’s Early Princesses

Between Disney’s third princess film (Sleeping Beauty) and its fourth (The Little Mermaid) there was a gap of thirty years. A lot happened in the world between 1959 and 1989, most notably — as far as the princesses are concerned — the entirety of feminism’s second wave. Creating “feminist” princesses just wasn’t on the minds … Continue reading Damsels In Distress? The Lie We All Believe About Disney’s Early Princesses

“Dream Big, Princess” . . . Or Go Home

“Dream big, Princess.” This is the current tagline of the Disney Princess Franchise — a marketing venture started by Disney in 2000, which is now the official arbiter of all things Disney princess. The “dream big” tagline is clever. It capitalizes on something little girls already do — draw inspiration from Disney princesses — and … Continue reading “Dream Big, Princess” . . . Or Go Home

Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca Help Us Decide Whether A Jerk Can Change For The Better

SPOILER ALERT! This post contains spoilers for Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca. Have you ever noticed that Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is pretty much Beauty and the Beast? I’m serious. They’re both stories about how the love of a woman who is strong enough to be herself at all costs can inspire … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and Rebecca Help Us Decide Whether A Jerk Can Change For The Better

The Man You Marry Should Be Prince Charming — Your Prince Charming

Speaking about her failed marriages (she’s had three) actress Halle Berry said, “we go into marriage thinking it’s going to last forever and that this is our prince on a shiny horse. That’s what fairytales taught me as a kid…and I’m kind of anti-fairytales today.” This is a common complaint — particularly among feminists, who … Continue reading The Man You Marry Should Be Prince Charming — Your Prince Charming