"I hate Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel and all the other Princesses like them. They are terrible role-models for young girls (and even for boys). Ariel especially upsets me. I understand the love and fascination for something unlike what you know (in her case, humans). But she is teaching young children to give up their special abilities - things that help define who they are - for "true love." It sickens me, because I’ve watched it happen and am currently watching it unfold again in reality."
Seriously though, are you guys watching the movies?
I don’t see how Cinderella and Snow White are bad role models (Aurora’s barely even in her own story, so we’ll leave her out). But really, characters like Cinderella and Snow White were genuinely kind; I don’t see how those are qualities that shouldn’t be emulated by boys or girls. And I may be defensive of Cinderella especially since I was in a similar toxic relationship, but her keeping her spirits up while under the abuse of her step-family is a valiant quality. And even Snow White, who despite the hardship that she’d gone through was still charitable and kind.
And we come to Ariel. Ariel gets a lot of flack fro giving up her underwater kingdom and tail to be with Eric on the surface. I could understand that except for one detail in the movie: her father came into her private space and destroyed all her things. Not to mention that she’s manipulated by the eels and Ursula into taking the deal. It’s not like all of a sudden she just says “screw it” and up and leaves. Not to mention at the end, it’s Triton who gives her her legs and lets her be with Eric: if anything, you could say the film is about parents letting go of their children.
And if it’s happening in reality, so what? People have given up things for love for centuries; it’s not just because they’ve seen The Little Mermaid. It is sad, but it is their decision: they’re the ones who deal with the consequences. You can’t blame the movie for people acting on their feelings, not matter how illogical or wasteful it seems.
PEOPLE WHO REDUCE ARIEL TO “GIRL WHO GAVE UP HER VOICE FOR A MAN” MAKE ME WANT TO STAB THEM IN THE NECK WITH AN ICE PICK.
*sips some wine*
BEFORE before BeFoRe (prior to) Ariel ever saw the underside of Eric’s stupid boat SHE WAS SINGING HER THEME SONG! Previously on the Little Mermaid, Ariel, youngest daughter of Triton, was singing “when’s it my turn?” She wasn’t in love with Eric, she was in love with not being cooped up and controlled and unable to explore something that seemed super fucking awesome to her. OMG. How difficult is this to understand? Super difficult? Well fuck you then. Go watch Frozen since you need shit spoon fed to you.
Also, Eric is basically the best fucking Disney prince in the history of those goddamn douchebags. He was actually IN LOVE with Ariel. He might have been susceptible to Ursula/Vanessa’s magic trickery, but let me remind you that when shit hit the fan and all the able to breathe underwater people disappeared, this dude went to war for Ariel, holding his breath like a kid at summer camp so he could harpoon the freaky squid woman who took his girl. Shit.
(Also Cinderella was disinherited and abused for her entire life so if the one time the poor thing got to go to a party and it ended up getting her out of that fuckshit is a harmful story for children then I don’t even know. Like….what?! “Little girls, don’t use any avenue to escape your abusers. Only use these preapproved ones so you don’t send the wrong message about feminism.” And Aurora was also sick of being cooped up her whole life and then she met a nice guy by a pond and they danced to Tchaikovsky and it was cute. Not seeing the problem.)