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-Julia, Shelbie, Lianna
This picture is one that symbolizes the patriarchal society that we live in, and that is represented through the multiple Versions of Snow White. No matter how feminist you make the women characters, there will always be that one detail that stays the same, the male-dominated aspects. This image represents that it is man who creates the beauty standards of women. And when women do not meet those beauty standards they are cast aside. For those that have seen the Snow White and the Huntsman film the mirror is the voice of a man, which helps to expand meaning of the purpose of the mirror, which is to represent patriarchy.
By: Shelbie Cornelius
This image is one of my favorites to interpret because this version of Snow White is my personal favorite. As you can tell Snow White is just like any other interpretation, skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony, and lips as red as blood. They also have her in a setting that she familiarizes with, nature. She has animals around her as well as the beauty of nature to accentuate her own beauty. But my favorite part is the little detail that can be easily overlooked, the dagger in her hand. To me this dagger is a symbol of bravery, and leadership. This also helps me to see that even though she is a princess she is still able to fight for herself. To me this is a version of Snow White that the feminist community will approve of.
By: Shelbie Cornelius
To me this image speaks volumes. It just shows that at a very young age girls are introduced to princesses and in turn they receive the mindset that they themselves are princesses, therefore they must act like one. So from this predisposition young girls are now infatuated with being a princess, more specifically a Disney Princess. And for those who want to be Snow White, they will most likely end up becoming passive, and succumbing to the patriarchal society that many feminists are trying to get rid of. Ultimately, it is not a bad thing to dream of being a princess, but my advice is that if you ever have a child who wants to be a princess, teach them to be one that is courageous and stands up for herself and her beliefs, and doesn’t allow anyone to walk all over them.
By: Shelbie Cornelius
Marissa Meyer’s has written four books in her Lunar chronicle series. All four of these books are connected, but also re-tellings of classic fairy tales. Her fourth book titled Winter, encapsulates the re-telling of Snow White. Meyer’s, as she does with all of her female heroines, makes this princess so much stronger and independent than the original tales portray. The biggest attribute she gives to this Snow White though is that she makes her an African American character, something we have never seen Snow White depicted as.
Meyer’s in an interview states, “After all, why shouldn’t Snow White be a woman of color? Or any other princess, for that matter? There’s absolutely no reason, and I think it’s good to challenge people’s preconceptions sometimes, and be challenged myself” (Meyers, 2015). Meyers has encapsulated what it means to test the status quo, she has made great strides in creating feminist females, along with creating a racially diverse character whose main characteristic has always been her snow white skin.
Overall, Meyers is a great writer who truly has tested our original thoughts on classic fairy tales.
By: Julia Powers
Peggy Orenstein’s faces the conflicts of Disney Princesses, such as Snow White, and their affect on young girls. As a mother of a young daughter, Orenstein stresses how hard it is to degrade Disney princesses, one of the largest franchises in the world, when they are held in such high regard for so many young girls.
Interestingly enough, Orenstein (2006) has found that school-age girls feel the need to be perfect (p.36). She states that to be perfect several girls feel they must, “… not only to get straight A’s and be the student-body president, editor of the newspaper and captain of the swim team but also to be ‘kind and caring,’ ‘please everyone, be very thin and dress right.’ Give those girls a pumpkin and a glass slipper and they’d be in business (p.36). Orenstein, just like many mothers, continuously tries to state her opinions on princesses onto her young daughter, who doesn’t seem to understand the complexity of the issues.
Overall Orenstein realizes that her daughter is like any little girl and loves princesses, and she struggles to find a way to help her daughter understand that she should want to be so much more than a Disney Princess.
By Julia Powers
In this article the author describes Snow White as someone who lacks ambition, and reaffirms the feminist theory of acculturation. Snow White is a princess that many feminists do not want their daughters to look up to. The Disney version of this fairy tale is one, that many feminists believe, to put beauty before personal ambition, and that problems can be solved as long as they find the right man or in this case prince.
One point that I found interesting in this article was that the author interpreted the relationship between Snow White and the queen as a competition, which in turn is a result of the male discourse. They also point out that it is “evident” that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is embodied by the Evil Queen. How they came to that realization I do not know, due to the fact that they do not elaborate this claim.
However, the main part that I, being a Disney lover, really appreciated about this article is that they actually tell the reader that all of the sexist elements of this film was mainly due to the “sociological landscape of the time.” They give an example as to why the 1930s was different from that of today. They provide the evidence that the women’s movement did not happen until the 1960s and 1970s. Therefore, informing the reader that the gender roles of women in the 1930s were a lot more submissive and passive. Women in the 1930s did not particularly speak their minds like they do today.
I am very happy that the author included this information at the end of their article. It helps the reader to get an idea of how the 1930s differ from those of today. And this part helped me to gain a greater appreciation of our history as American women. This article helps me to think of what it might have been like to live in the 1930s and how hard it might be for a women of today to understand the roles in which women held back then. But that is why the Disney version of Snow White is such a great film to look back on. It helps us to receive a greater understanding of the era in which this film was created. So I ask you to not imediately judge this movie of any other movie, until you understand the time period in which the film was made, and the reason as to why context in the film was incorporated into the film in the first place.
By Shelbie Cornelius
This article published by the New York Times practically bad mouths Snow White because she is not a feminist. With this film being made in 1937, the term feminist was probably only one that would be spoken in an academic setting. In the 1930s the word feminist was not as widely used as it is today. But the author of this article sees this to be an issue because this film is so widely known that its impact on the nation or even the planet is incalculable.
The author mentions how Snow White makes domestic chores seem fun to do, and that needing a man is the only goal in a women’s life. The author states that it is because of these traits that Snow White has no distinct personality. The author says that Snow White evil stepmother has more character development than Snow White does.
It is portrayed that Snow White’s only purpose in the film is to be the main character but to be that passive character that allows anything to happen. For example, she is swept off her feet and taken to the prince’s castle to marry, and she does not even have a word in any of it, she just goes along with it. This does send the wrong message to the young children who watch this movie. But we can only hope that these children will be able to see past the passive and unfeminist characteristics and to see the kindness that Snow White shows throughout the film.
By Shelbie Cornelius