5 Ways Modern Disney Is Even More Sexist Than The Classics


The Women Still Live To Get Married

Disney’s traditional princess stories knew a woman’s ideal life goal: Get married, have a kid, and then die in order to inspire said kid to learn to love again and eventually get married. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Little Mermaid — for Disney women, living “happily ever after” meant “marrying a cape-wearing dude,” even if the original fairy tales had them dying alone.

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It’s almost as if fairy tale writers have some issues with women.

Our modern, progressive, empowered Disney princesses, on the other hand, are totally breaking with that stuffy old construct by … living to get married? Still?

Tangled, for example, presents itself as the story of the estranged Rapunzel discovering her true origins and being reunited with her royal biological parents. But of course she also ends up marrying Flynn Rider, who’s not only a professional double-crossing thief, but also the first male human Rapunzel has ever seen. No experimental college period? Not even a Tinder spree?

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Though getting brained with a frying pan is as much a “swipe left” as we can think of.

Brave is no better. The entire conflict revolves around tomboy Merida refusing to marry against her will, because she’s in charge of her own destiny, dammit! But all Merida actually achieves in the film is postponing her engagement. Marriage is still her ultimate (and inevitable) destiny — she just now gets to pick which bizarrely proportioned Scottish teen fails to satisfy her for the rest of her life.

In the classic Disney films, both the princesses and princes were essentially fairy tale blanks — royal, beautiful, magical, boring. In modern Disney movies, the female leads are strong-willed, independent, and three-dimensional, and yet they still live to get married. Only now, instead of princes and knights, they wind up with slackers, thieves, and loners. Progress!


Every New Female Character Looks Exactly The Same

You know the “DreamWorks Face” — the hilariously specific smirk that seemingly every DreamWorks character sports in their movie posters? Well, Disney/Pixar is just as bad. All their female characters have the exact same face.

An unofficial analysis of facial structures done on the new Disney/Pixar characters found that male characters have vastly more depth and variety, while the female faces are almost identical spheres with oversized baby eyes and tiny button noses.


They all look vaguely like boobs when you get down to it …

Yep, the male characters have all sorts of different head sizes, shapes, and details, while the women — from princesses to video game children to physical embodiments of joy — are all interchangeable variants on the same basic shape. That probably doesn’t send any kind of subconscious message, though.


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