For all the feminist complaints that fairy tale princesses are victims of the patriarchy, it’s really the women — rather than the men — in fairy tales that are mostly trying to control the princesses. The Evil Queen tries to murder Snow White in a fit of jealous rage. Cinderella’s wicked stepmother forces her into … Continue reading We Can Be Princesses If We Want To: The Fairy Tale — And Real Life — Oppression Of Women By Women
Disney is in full live-action remake mode. Within the next two years, there will be no less than five live-action remakes of Disney animated classics, with an additional three films planned but not yet scheduled. This isn’t even counting films like Cruella and Maleficent II, which aren’t remakes per se but are tied directly into … Continue reading Disney’s Focus On Live-Action Remakes Tells Us Something About The Stories Audiences Want
If you had told me five years ago that I was going to publish a work of non-fiction I would have laughed in your face. It’s true that, five years ago, I had just quit my teaching job in order to focus on my writing while (hopefully) getting pregnant and becoming a full-time mom. But, … Continue reading Saving Cinderella: The Making Of
An old flame came back into my life this week. On social media, of course, (is there anywhere else to reconnect with old flames?). It was very unexpected. In fact, back when I’d been in love with him I’d been sure he didn’t even know I existed. How could he? We lived in two completely … Continue reading “My What A Guy!” — Real Life Lessons From Cartoon Crushes
Movie critics, parents, and filmmakers have been trying, for years, to redefine what it means to be a princess. From pretending that little girls mean Princess Leia and Wonder Woman (instead of Snow White and Cinderella) when they say they want to be princesses, to rebranding Disney princesses as athletes and warriors, the prevailing narrative … Continue reading ‘I’m A Princess Too’ — ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Proves Disney Doesn’t Understand Its Own Princesses
Hi everyone! I'll get back to regular blog posts next week, but this week has been all about my brand new YouTube channel. Princess State of Mind -- fiction, fairy tales, and the fairer sex -- debuted this week with special guest C.S. Johnson. We talked about love stories, female characters, and her upcoming book One … Continue reading Princess State of Mind Is Now on YouTube!
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