Moana: Reconnecting to Our Hearts
One day while collecting seashells Princess Moana found a heart.
It had once belonged to the island goddess Te Fiti — until the trickster god Maui stole it to enhance his strength. But the lava demon Te Ka fought Maui for it, and the heart was lost.
Lacking this vital organ, Princess Moana’s island began to die.
On her deathbed, Moana’s grandmother told her to return the heart to the goddess. Read the rest of this entry
Cinderella: More Feminist Than You Think
Disney’s new Cinderella is constantly labeled “unfeminist.”
I’m not so sure.
I haven’t seen the film, but based on reviews, it doesn’t sound terribly unfeminist to me.
There is a message in this film — one that may disappoint anyone looking for a new feminist heroine to emerge from the cinders. It’s about kindness and forgiveness and sticking to your values no matter what confronts you.
That’s not feminist? Read the rest of this entry
The Little Mermaid says, “You’ve come a long way, baby”
Disney’s Little Mermaid will celebrate her 25th birthday in a few days.
Ariel was the first Disney Princess to be touched by feminism. And she is plenty different from her predecessors — good girls who never rocked the boat, and who all needed saving by their Prince Charmings.
In Ariel we find a young woman with a strong sense of self who seeks independence and empowerment.
But she reflects the early tensions of our feminist beginnings. Read the rest of this entry
Frozen Hearts Thaw, Grow Empowered
How does the evolution of Disney Princesses reflect evolved notions of women? Let’s take a look at “Frozen” sisters, Anna and Elsa. (Spoiler alert!)
We meet the young girls as joyous, inseparable friends. Until the day Elsa discovers a surprising power. In a state of heightened emotion, she unwittingly zaps little sis, freezing her.
Luckily, a magic troll heals Anna and erases the scary memory. Read the rest of this entry