I dedicate this little number to all those who like to say Disney princesses are nothing but passive, submissive, and horrible role models.
Bless this post.
I feel like one of the worst examples of this sort of misinterpretation comes from the way people respond to Belle.
When people play Belle off as this passive useless little waif it makes me want to bury my face in something and scream myself hoarse, because Belle is THE FIRST Disney Princess whose primary motivation to move forward in the film isn’t for her own personal gain. She mentions it the first song into the movie, that she wants adventure and she wants to get away from her tiny, isolated little village, and that’s treated as character motivation and a reason she doesn’t want to settle down with Gaston (also foul misogyny but whatever). Yet THE SECOND she realises that her sick father is being held against his will in this dank little tower she offers herself in his place. She doesn’t try to rescue him or reason with the beast, just gives herself up with only a moment’s hesitation. And she acts with honest, open surprise when the Beast offers her a room.
SHE FULLY EXPECTS TO SPEND THE REST OF HER LIFE CONFINED TO A SHITTY LITTLE DUNGEON IN A LARGELY FORGOTTEN CASTLE AT THE HANDS OF A TERRIFYING MONSTER AND AGREES TO THIS DESPITE HER OWN PERSONAL DRIVE TO GET OUT INTO THE “GREAT WIDE SOMEWHERE” AND HAVE AN ADVENTURE OF HER OWN BECAUSE IT WILL SAVE HER FATHERS LIFE
HER BIGGEST REGRET OVER MAKING THIS CHOICE IS THAT THE BEAST DOESN’T GIVE HER A CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE
And then when she gets out of the dungeon she rebels against him, refuses to come down to dinner, argues against him, stands up for herself, but still doesn’t run until she’s actually scared for her life all because she made a promise to the beast. Have you seen that motherfucker? I would be TERRIFIED. I’d fucking do whatever he said, as soon as he said it.
There’s this mentality that if a woman doesn’t put on her warrior boots she’s a poor role model and a waste of space and there’s no strength to her and it’s the biggest pile of horseshit I’ve ever been pushed to swallow down.