|Okay, fair warning. I’ve had something bugging me for awhile, and I want to get it off my chest. This following is a rant. |
I hate female empowerment movies.
I despise Disney Princess empowerment movies.
Moana is trapped on an island and not permitted to step a toe in the ocean.
Jasmine is stuck in a palace and not permitted to leave. The girl owns a tiger, but can’t leave the house.
Ariel is stuck in the ocean, pining for life on land.
Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower.
Belle, from Beauty and the Beas, has Stockholm syndrome.
Anna hasn’t left her palace since she was about four. Her one friend, her sister Elsa, never sees her anymore. Anna is gregarious, outgoing, and incredibly lonely.
Elsa is trapped in her palace, and her room, terrified of her power, forced to drive her sister away, and constantly hears her parents tell her to hide her feelings. No one can know about her power, and she always wears gloves to prevent her power from escaping.
How many times have these girls had their parents clamp down on them. How many times have they heard, ‘No, you can’t?” Finally, when life has gone from dreadful and hopeless, to unbelievably dreadful and hopeless, and an outside event allows them a chance to escape, then they take it. They find their(sometimes almost nonexistent) courage, and take action. They stumble out of their prison, unprepared to cope, and wind up needing to be rescued.
I’m not even going into the older films, where female empowerment didn’t exist. Snow White, escapee from execution. Cinderella, enslaved and happy, singing with her little animal friends. Sleeping Beauty, cursed from the beginning to sleep for 100 years, until some random stranger kisses her.
I think teaching girls to be empowered works better with films like The Incredibles, How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo and Stitch, Meet the Robinsons, Wreck-It-Ralph, and Atlantis. Yes, there are princesses in here, but they know who they are. Show girls movies with strong female characters who aren’t always the lead. Just tell a good story, people, and people will watch it.
And, FYI, the men don’t have to be idiots, and the girls don’t have to be from a single-parent home or orphans. Way too many of these girls have useless fathers. If you must have a classic film, go with Mary Poppins; she possesses a brain and a spine.
Anyway, rant over. Thanks for tuning in. Whiskerface