The Evolving Princess: The Progressive Feminism in Disney Films: Part One – Snow White

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

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