(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.
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.
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.
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.