11 Screwed-Up Messages From Disney Movies We Learned As Kids

10. Sleeping Beauty/Snow White

The Disney movies seem oddly interested in captive, passive women suffering in extremis, like a Lars von Trier movie for kids. The best examples of this are the movies in which the heroines are literally dead or in a coma, waiting for a man to give them life. In Sleeping Beauty, Aurora is barely even a character at all, sidelined as a supporting player in her own story. They instead foreground Prince Phillip’s hero journey. Disney shows that women can only exist if a more narratively important male allows them to.

Takeaway: Walt Disney would have been wayy into The Walking Dead.


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