Frozen: A feminist fairytale for everyone

FROZN_014M_G_ENG-GB_70x100.inddDisney has long been accused of brainwashing young girls into having unrealistic expectations about love, romance, boys and their likelihood of one day becoming a princess (and/or mermaid—I really wanted to be a mermaid when I was a kid). I don’t think that Disney, as a corporation or in the form of its cultural founder, Walt himself, ever intended to maliciously message young girls into becoming emotionally crippled women because of fairytales. Even with their aggressive marketing machine turning every animated character into a Halloween costume, Barbie doll and live-action play set, I believe in Disney’s spirit, which is one of innocence and the simple, un-cynical joy of childhood. (Walt Disney’s weird fixation on childhood and its recreation is a subject for another time.) In and of itself, that spirit is not a bad thing. Continue reading “Frozen: A feminist fairytale for everyone”