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The princess thing

We went to see Brave yesterday. We had some concerns about it, because we know that so many people elevate Pixar so much above Disney that we were afraid people would be like, "And it's so much better than those other princess movies!" In fact, on Thursday night, Athena overheard someone talking about it and saying they were happy that it finally wasn't an orphan movie--she had both a mother and a father.

An important note here is that we're uppity. So after Athena told me about it, we started arguing to each other (and Athena did say this to the person at the time, but our natural wallflower tendencies prevented the matter from being pursued) that technically the princesses aren't orphans if they have one parent, and besides Rapunzel, Mulan, and Sleeping Beauty all have both parents. Tiana had both of hers at the beginning of her movie, but I guess it doesn't count. (Also, there wouldn't be any story worth mentioning if Cinderella or Snow White had their birth parents...unless you go with the original Snow White, where the evil stepmother wasn't a stepmother, but the Grimms changed that aspect because it horrified people.)

Anyway, the point is, we thought it would be fun, in our uppity sort of way, as we watched Brave, to take notes of all the things about Merida that are just like this or that or those other princesses. That way, when everyone said, "She's so much better for X reason!", we'd be ready to say, "Well, as a matter of fact..." I even thought of posting a checklist here on LJ, and I felt so smug.

Then this morning we read an article about how people are still upset by the mere fact that Merida is a princess. Like it can't possibly count as a girl power movie because she's still a princess. And we're genuinely confused. What is it about her being a princess that makes it so bad? Maybe it's because, since we don't have princesses anymore, it makes it difficult for modern girls to relate? Like, "that doesn't apply to us common folk"? Or like, "we don't have royalty anymore (depends on the country, but let's face it--Americans are a little self-centered), so stop telling girls to aspire to be something they can never be!"

Or is it like, "Stop insisting that girls be so feminine!" I really hope that's not it, because A)there's nothing wrong with being feminine, and telling girls that there is is like telling them that if they don't try to be boys they're not worth anything, and B)there are sooooooo many tomboy princesses out there. Heck, back when we were playing Chrono Trigger in the mid-nineties, and Marle was this tomboy princess, we still didn't think it was original.

Anyway. Just thinking out loud, I guess. Seriously, what's wrong with being a princess?

Today I'm thankful for getting to see Brave, the super adorable tiger cubs on our calendar for July, getting to read Skip Beat! today, having a lovely Relief Society lesson, and having time to read more Skip Beat! today.
Tags: brave, disney pride
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