Growing up on fairy-tales and Disney may be fun for kids, but are the characters really good role models? Are our old favorite Disney princesses bad representations of feminism? Does Once Upon a Time's re-imagining of these characters help these old very un-feminist characters become more feminist?
Like most of us, I came to feminism later on in life. I wasn't born fighting for equality, nor was I born viewing all television and films through a feminist lens, so it's no surprise that I used to watch Disney movies unquestioningly and fanatically, like many little girls. I was particularly fanatical about two of those Disney princesses, Ariel and Belle. For me, as with many young girls, these were my roles models. I loved Ariel's rebelliousness, and Belle's love of books. But for all the good that Disney taught me (yes, rebelliousness is a good trait...), they also taught me a lot of bad.