Things Feminists Hate: Disney Princesses – Jasmine

 

Image property of Disney, edited by Walt Disney Confessions blog

Jasmine is an especially interesting Disney Princess. She’s the first to not star in her own movie for one thing, but she’s also the first to be clearly of non-European origin, which adds a whole new layer of problems as Disney actually semi-accurately tried to portray the culture of the time (including thieves getting their hands chopped off, ewww).

JasmineFeminist.jpg

Of course Aladdin is the main character, but Jasmine is no slouch in the world-savage department. Naturally Aladdin has the big guns to call on, in the form of the Genie, but he’s the main character so what do you expect? This isn’t a “Disney Princess” film in the same way that Snow White or Beauty in the Beast is, so you have to deal with the female being slightly more secondary in the story.

If you have a problem with that then please address your complaints to the author of 1001 Arabian Nights, where the movie got it’s original concept.

But let’s just address these so called problems that this picture brings up.

Yes, the Princess does have to get married to satisfy the law. I’m not sure how historically accurate that is, but they didn’t exactly have a lot of female’s running countries in that area and time period. Address complaints about this to early Muslim cultures, not Disney.

Jasmine’s reluctance to marry isn’t really what causes problems for her father, I’m pretty sure that’s never brought up. Actually her reluctance to be forced into a political marriage should be something that feminists are celebrating rather than bitching about, but I don’t expect consistency from them.

The Sultan’s real problems come from the fact that his main adviser is a creep with a fetish for power and an extreme narcissistic streak. This would have been a problem for the Sultan whether Jasmine had gotten married to the first “overdressed, self-absorbed” suitor she had.

Then of course their’s the “enslaved” bit. Yeah, Jafar does do that, but he enslaves the Genie and the Sultan as well. This isn’t an “anti-feminist” thing.

And her cunning and bravery and loyalty...but that's okay feminists, ignore the entire plot of the movie.

And her cunning and bravery and loyalty…but that’s okay feminists, ignore the entire plot of the movie.thing.

And of course she’s rescued by the main character. That’s sort of how Disney movies usually work.

Now let’s look at what feminists missed.

Jasmine, from the very beginning, has a mind of her own. She may have some fantastic romantic notions that seem a little unrealistic, but she also refuses to be forced into marrying someone just because of the law. Then she, a princess who has never been outside the palace walls in her life, decides to run away to make her own life on her terms.

Of course she doesn’t exactly plan her escape very well, but we can put that down to being naive about life outside the palace.

She saves Aladdin’s life from the guards, giving up her own attempt to get freedom, proving that her romantic notions aren’t just born from selfishness on her part.

Upon finding that Aladdin has been executed, she vows to remove Jafar from power permanently…which is actually what causes the main problems in the film.

Last, but certainly not least, Jasmine shows extreme bravery in the face of Jafar even while he has her enslaved. She refused to marry him, throws a glass of wine in his face, repeatedly defies him, and ends up being instrumental in distracting Jafar while Aladdin is attempting a rescue.

I mean, really, how is this not a feminist character? You guys are really grasping at straws. Of the earlier (meaning pre-21st century) Disney Princesses, Jasmine is probably the most feminist!

Aladdin isn’t my favorite of the Disney films, but a parent could do much worse for their daughter’s role model (especially these days) than Jasmine.

Advertisements

14 Comments

  1. They’re feminists. They hate almost everything that it is remotely heterosexual, even those things as remote as Disney films.

    Face it, the feminists are still trying to figure out who they hate more, men or women.

  2. Yeah, Disney films are typically quite sexist, but I agree that Jasmine is definitely not one of those helpless girls that get saved by the dude (wearing tights no less). But women’s libbers be crazy, and as you said, inconsistent. Although honestly Disney’s made quite a turnaround. Look at that chick from Brave. Her name escapes me, but she doesn’t even end up with a husband at all! It was a feminist’s dream! They really don’t have any room to complain about Disney anymore.

  3. What I don’t like about Jasmine is that she teems in all these potentially feministic things, but constantly pulls the “but I’m a princess” card, instead of tackling her problems head on. She acts like a spoiled brat most of the time, and doesn’t really choose anything for herself, or learn from her own mistakes. Instead, she reeks of potential to be a feminist character and ultimately turns into a princess who needs to be saved by a man (save for when she chooses to bring her sexuality into the picture) which really does not make for a good role model.

  4. Jasmine is for sure the most diva-like out of all the Disney Princesses. Jasmine never suffered from any kind of hard work which makes her diva persona very realistic. She doesn’t want to be married off to just any rich prince, She wants real love. Someone who can love her truly. Even when she finds out that Aladdin is just a street rat, she still wants no one else but him. 🙂 Yeah Jasmine is a pretty interesting princess. Notice how no one complains that Aladdin is practically a cinderfella… I see how it is.

  5. Jasmine is the most feminist of all the disney princesses, but when frozen was all like “you can’t marry a guy you just met”, everyone rode the proverbial Frozen cock. Aladdin is my favorite disney movie and fuck anyone who thinks jasmine was a “typical”, “marry some random guy” princess…

  6. Disagreed. Jasmine might be a feminist herself but the movie pushes her into a submissive role. In fact overall the movie is very sexist. Jasmine is the only female in this movie, and out of all the disney princess movies, she is the only one who is /not/ the main character. (Not counting Jane from Tarzan, but I doubt she really counts to begin with). Jasmine is always playing the submissive role, submissively letting herself be taught by Aladdin and his magic carpet, while Aladdin actively teaches her. She passively waits to be saved while Aladdin actively saves her.And the way she distracts Jafar is with her body rather than her mind, rather than actively thinking of a way out of the situation.

    • It’s like you didn’t even read my article.

      Aladdin is a flawed character who learns as much from Jasmine as she learns from him (oh look, that’s how normal relationships work) and she is never a submissive character in the movie, not even once. She constantly fights against those that try to control her, from her father to Jafar.
      The only reasonable way to distract Jafar was through her body and she was smart enough to realize how shallow he ultimately was and to know how to distract him.

  7. I don’t see what the problem is with being saved. Police officers, news reporters, firefighters, and doctors save us all the time. Being saved isn’t a sign of weakness. To be honest, all of the princess stories should be up to feminist standards. I think some people just want to overthink things.

Comments are closed.