Feminism, Reality, and Disney Princesses
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Disney Princesses and Sexual Attraction Between the Sexes
Xah Lee, 2011-08-21
Some Disney Princess mockeries from the web.
Here's the descriptions:
• Snow White: Her burgeoning sexuality is a threat to another woman, so she's killed. Her only assent, physical beauty, is what saves her in the end.
• Sleeping Beauty: Betrothed at birth to solidify a political position, she is killed by another woman out of spite. Her owner… ahem… fiance, saves her with a kiss. Again, sex is her only salvation.
• Jasmine of Aladdin : This princess must get married to satisfy the requirements of the law. Her reluctance to do so causes her powerful father no end of trouble. She is enslaved by a powerful man and is only saved by the wit of a street rat
• Ariel of The Little Mermaid: This one drastically changes her appearance so as to be more attractive to man. The price is that she can't speak. No problem, she has nothing of value to say anyhow. She is saved by a prince.
• Belle of Beauty and the Beast: Saves a prince's life. With her only asset, her sexuality.
• Cinderella: She is saved from terrible living conditions by a prince. He does this, not because she's such a hard worker, but because she is beautiful
Some of the above are not quite accurate summary of the princess of Disney nor the fairy tale some of these are based on. For example, Ariel of the “Little Mermaid” didn't get legs to be more attractive to man, but rather, she did it so she can be with her lover.
(See also: The Little Mermaid - Poor Unfortunate Souls.)
Though, there are certain central theme that are eternal truth:
- They all involve sexual attraction, as in almost all princess's role in fairy tales.
- Female's physical beauty and youth are the primary element of attraction for male.
- The archenemy of these women are often other women. It reflects the fierce competition in mating.
- Snow White ◆ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937 film)
- Sleeping Beauty ◆ Sleeping Beauty (1959 film)
- Aladdin ◆ Aladdin (1992 Disney film)
- The Little Mermaid ◆ The Little Mermaid (1989 film)
- Beauty and the Beast ◆ Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)
- Cinderella ◆ Cinderella (1950 film)
In the above, it captures the fact that the primary element of attraction of male for female, is power.
Note that in Disney's Aladdin, the prince started as a street pauper. His sexual attraction characteristics at first is rather opposite of other princes. Here, the focus is bravery, honesty, as depicted by Disney. But of course by magic the lad became the most powerful. In the original text of Aladdin of Arabian Nights (See: Alaeddin; Or, The Wonderful Lamp.), she only sees him when he is the powerful prince (due to the lamp).
Following is another funny one. It captures what women's magazines are about.
Women's magazines are like that because they need to attract women, and women's primary concern in life is to look pretty. (because that's prime criterion of mate selection by male.) (See collection of US Mag covers at the Concerns of US American Female and Male Human Animals.)
For cereal box featuring Disney Princess, see: Disney Princesses of Americanism.