Straight up we’re told that beauty improves the ‘worth’ of a woman, that for them to have any power in life they must be in possession of a fair complexion. But it’s not just about being the most beautiful girl in the land, your attitude must be good and kind and obedient, and your skill set must be all about housekeeping and keeping your man happy.
Don’t yell at me, I’m not destroying your childhood, I’m simply pointing out what happens in the film.
- Mirror, mirror on the wall who is fairest of them all?
- Snow White is forced to wear rags and work as a scullery maid but she keeps her positive attitude and that attracts the attention of a prince and they fall in love in one song.
- She cooks and cleans for the dwarves.
- The Queen, who is beautiful but has a nasty attitude, turns ugly and dies a horrible death.
- Snow White’s body is put on display for all to see.
- The Prince makes out with her unconscious body.
Disney is obviously trying to teach gender roles; girls must look pretty but not be vain or show jealousy, and grow up to be good little housewives. That’s it. Don’t even dream about adventures or a career, that’s for the boys. Girls must find a husband and care for him and his children.
Thank Gods Disney changed with the times and for later generations we have Mulan, Rapunzel, and Belle.
Can I rant a bit more about Snow White’s treatment? She’s worshiped by men (only men) because of her beauty. She has no female friends. Everything in her life is about drawing the attention of men. Actually, the more I think about it, the less I remember any of the Disney princesses having female friends. Oh shit. Has this been showing us girls that we’re only ever competition to each other? Isolating women from each other so we’re easier to control and won’t rise up and demand equality, is that what’s happening here?
And the prince is a douche. He makes out with an unconscious girl, not because he knows a kiss will break the spell (the Queen never told anyone but the audience of this cure) but because he is an animal and can’t control himself around pretty girls. That’s sexual assault. And it’s normalized here.
The apple could be seen as the original temptation of Eve, implying here instead that if a girl seeks more than a comfortable home, then she’s better off dead.
At least that’s the impression I get from this film. I hate it. Don’t ever expect me to put this on for any of the kids I babysit. They will be watching strong characters for them to learn from.
I refuse to teach them that break and entering a house is alright, just as long as you clean it.