Things Feminists Hate: Disney Princesses – Belle

Some hate it so much that they hate other feminists for thinking independently and enjoying the films, because feminism isn’t about women being allowed to think their own thoughts…that’s crazy.

(This is not necessarily a post for fans of Disney under the age of 16, because feminists.)

Feminists have a tendency to dig and dig until they can find something in pop culture that can offend them, as a result they generally dig right past all the good that something has in it and flail about in indignation about how harmful to feminism something is.

Hence their hatred of Disney Princesses in general. Ironically they did what they complain about non-feminists doing, they ignored any of the good characteristics of the characters and concentrated directly on their looks, their relationship status, and their sexuality. (Basically they think Disney Princesses are walking vaginas…and boobs).

Great job feminists!

So I’m starting a series on why feminists are wrong, which is rather par for the course really.

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Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favorites and I always empathized with Belle, with her bookish ways and the fact that she didn’t really understand her peers…nor did they understand her.

Feminists, instead of concentrating on why this character is a good role model, they concentrate on the fact that Belle is beautiful. Well yeah, that’s sort of what her name means, but I’m not sure why this matters? Nowhere in the Disney version does it matter to the beast that she’s attractive, what matters is that A.) She’s female and B.) He has a bargaining chip to keep her there.

Nowhere in the opening of the film does it specify that “beauty” is what will save the Beast:

If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.  

Belle doesn’t appear to care that’s she’s beautiful either, in fact it’s more of a nuisance for her than anything else. People treat her like she’s weird because she’s the prettiest girl in town and she would rather read a book than marry the town heartthrob, Gaston, and have some beautiful babies. If she wasn’t beautiful, she’d be left to read her books in peace.

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Instead of staying home to raise babies, books make her want to go on adventures, she’s an intelligent and independent woman. And before anyone says “you don’t know she’s intelligent, she just read a lot of fantasy and fairy tales” first of all, I grew up reading fantasy and secondly even if it’s not in the animated film. Disney’s modern update of Belle for Once Upon a Time establishes that Belle’s reading was a bit more extensive than fairy tales. It’s canon, even if it’s not in the animated film.

She has the bravery to trade places with her father and the patience to teach the Beast, who had become quite angry and uncivilized as he lost hope of the curse being lifted, to be civilized and kind again. She goes into danger to try to save the Beast and then her love (not her sexuality, feminists missed the point and are pervy) brings him back to life and breaks a curse which frees the rest of the castle as well (which was kind of a dick move on the part of the fairy, I mean this prince was probably a kid when this happened and his actions cursed everyone in the castle…that’s a tad judgmental.)

Do you really think those simpering little morons who fawned over Gaston in town would have been capable of falling in love with the Beast? They were entirely too focused on their beauty and Gaston.

So if you actual concentrate on the entire character of Belle (and not just issues involving her sexuality, pervy feminists) you find that she’s studious, brave, loving, patient, and generally ignores peer pressure. All of these are traits that I would have no problem with a daughter emulating.

As for her looks and the pretty dress that is so iconic of the character, I think we all know that no matter how tomboyish, smart, or tough a girl is…fancy clothes and parties are hard to resist.

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Tune in next week to find out why Ariel is not a film about how women are only worth anything if they get drastic plastic surgery and keep their mouths shut.

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15 Comments

  1. I loved this! I completely agree; Belle is extremely harmless, her being pretty has nothing to do with anything than her name really (to her). I can’t wait to her what you have to say about Ariel. (:

  2. Great post! I saw somewhere on the net a while ago some feminists basically saying that Belle should have married Gaston because he was the most important man in town. I was wondering if they even watched the movie because at the beginning he takes away her book and throws it in the mud, then says that women shouldn’t read because it gives them too many “ideas”. ??? Feminists are weird.

  3. While I do enjoy reading these Disney Princess articles (do Tiana! pretty please!), I feel like maybe you’re creating a large False Dilemma, pitting feminism and reason as completely mutually exclusive… or maybe a better way of saying it is that you’re making a Straw Feminist.
    I notice a large theme in the articles is how feminists frequently contradict themselves… but you rarely cite the same feminist source. Feminism isn’t a club or a religion where its members meet on a weekly basis to establish a platform; there are enormous disagreements within the movement.
    For example, I am a feminist and I adore Disney Princess movies (and Disney animated musicals in general). Don’t let that explode your brain; it’s perfectly reasonable (heh heh), for many of the reasons you’ve pointed out (especially the Mulan article; if anything, race/culture was more of an issue with that movie than gender, but since most feminists are white… meh).
    Actually a lot of the comments you make strike me as extremely feminist. You seem to have more issue with the people than the ideology as a whole… and the people you cite don’t even give a well-rounded portrayal of the movement in the first place.
    Anyway. Reply if you’d like to, I’d love to hear what you think.

    • I fully admit that most of the examples I’m using are “the worst” of feminism. That’s because these posts are mostly tongue-in-cheek, which I’ve responded to comments with before.
      I call it out because the “moderate” feminists are all too willing to let these people run roughshod through feminism, claiming it as their own. They need a little cutting down to size and mocking.

      Lastly, I don’t like the people OR the ideology. Modern feminism as a whole (as an ideology) is nominally more what these women are making it as a result of the fact that “moderate” feminists don’t stand up to them and tell them to shut their traps. The Sandra Flukes and screaming ranting cursing women who blame the “patriarchy” for all their problems. They are setting the narrative. If you don’t like it, do something about it.

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  5. I know a lot of people will think I’m overreacting but I feel like Belle tells women they can change a man who treats them like crap, I know there are so many women who stay in abusive relationships because they always believe the guy will change. I still think Belle is a good character though.

  6. This is amazing! Have you done Elsa and Anna yet? I’m not too fond of them since they’re hailed as feminist superheroes when they’re…yawn. Like honestly, Anna is a moron who has no self assertive aspects. She has no awareness and is so ridiculous with Kristoff, I feel like pulling her pigtails and telling her to get a grip. Like seriously, she’s way too overrated. Heck, I prefer Snow White to Anna.

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