Cinderella: Do nothing to help yourself. Accept the abuse you get, because one day a fairy person might come out of nowhere and magic you a better life.
Sleeping Beauty: You are not a person in your own right. You exist only to be a pretty thing to look at and drive the plot.
Snow White: Accept whatever offer a stranger makes to you. (I’m not kidding - she does it three times in the original story.)
Jasmine, technically Aladdin: The story is not about you. You are the love interest. You are the prize.
Ariel: It’s completely okay to make a deal with the devil and give up your entire life and free agency (i.e. your voice) for a man you’ve never met. Everything’ll turn out just fine in the end.
Some disney princesses were ok, but some of them could be seen as somewhat sexist ( their stories, not so much the actual princesses,) but a lot of these disney movies were made when people were less enlightened about gender issues in general.
I think it’s important to realize when most of these movies came out.
Aurora was grateful to the fairies for caring for her and gladly helped them when needed.
Jasmine wanted to go against the expected norms and marry for love, not just for status.
Ariel wanted to be part of the human world BEFORE she met Eric ( “Part of Your World” ring a bell?) Eric was just icing on the cake and Ursula, like any good salesman, successfully used that point to make a deal.
IM SORRY DID YOU COMPLETELY IGNORE JASMINE’S ENTIRE CHARACTER ABOUT WANTING TO CHOOSE HER OWN LOVE AND INSTEAD CLAIM SHE’S NOTHING BUT A PRIZE?!?!?!!
YEAH, FUCK FEMALES THINKING FOR THEMSELVES AND DOING WHAT THEY WANT, CLEARLY SINCE SHE MARRIED THAT MAKES HER NOTHING BUT A PRIZE. I MEAN IT’S NOT LIKE THAT’S THE ENTIRE POINT OF FEMINISM OR ANYTHING.
THERE’S PROBABLY SOME MORE BULLSHIT IN OP’S STATEMENTS IN HE OTHERS, (LIKE THE FACT THAT CINDERELLA WAS FUCKING ABUSED), BUT IM TOO PISSED TO GO INTO THEM RIGHT NOW.
Cinderella: Though you may not see it, you deserve happiness. Don’t let inherent selflessness stand in the way of letting yourself be happy and in fact demanding the happiness you deserve.
Sleeping Beauty: I got nothing on this one, it was the 50’s, and the original fairy tale itself is more about Philip than Aurora. Which I guess you could argue is sexist, only not really because she’s not the main character. Fuck, the prince in Snow White doesn’t even have a name and talks maybe once? And Cinderella’s prince is similar. Because they are not the main characters. So don’t even start on that one.
Snow White: Snow White doesn’t make good decisions. That’s the point. She’s a cautionary tale. There are positive points to innocence, but not if that is going to endanger you. There were kind figures, aka the dwarves, who took care of her to try and protect her from her own innocence and naivete.
Jasmine: What the actual fuck, did you even watch the movie? She’s been addressed already, so I’ll let that stand.
Ariel: Just because you are somewhere doesn’t mean that you have to stay there. Get out, explore, do what makes you happy even if those who love you don’t understand it. Because in the end, Triton saw that his daughter was indeed happy and changed his mind from his previous prejudices for her.
Jesus christ, why is feminists can’t tell the difference between a weak female character (Bella Swan) and a genuinely powerless one like Cinderella? What the fuck was a penniless orphan in the Victorian era supposed to do? Tell her stepbitches to suck it and go found her own company? You think you’re living in a patriarchy now, try being in Cindy’s shoes. Notice how LADY Tremaine is planning to climb up the social ladder the only way she can: by marrying her daughters off to rich men.