“The Little Mermaid”, “Cinderella” and “Snow White” are banned from the Knightley household. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star forbids her three year old daughter from watching movies where women are princesses because she doesn’t like the message that they send.
Knightley told USA Today, “I’m being very careful about fairy tales with my kid because I don’t like the message that a lot of them have. Of course (my daughter) wants to be a princess. And I’m like, ‘You don’t want to be a princess, you want to be a queen. Because queens are in charge!’ But the more I’m saying that to her, the more she’s saying, ‘I want to be a princess!'”
Because being a princess is SO TERRIBLE, you know. If it’s really that bad, why is there so much attention paid to the real life royals like William and Kate and Harry and Megan?
This follows a recent trend among feminists who don’t feel the fairy tales are empowering to women because in classic tales like “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty” or “The Little Mermaid,” the characters are always waiting on a man to save them from their perils.
Huffington Post even said that “Disney’s animated theatrical feature films may be the most important battleground for gender/sexual equal representation in media.”
There’s also a “Feminist Disney” Tumblr and their mission states “We can’t escape Disney, but we can change it! An examination and documentation of the intersection of Disney and social issues. What is “Disney feminism”? It’s using positive messages in Disney to turn the lens inward and examine what could be…”
I think maybe they’re exerting a bit too much energy into all this…
Just let your daughters be whatever they want to be and if that includes wanting to be a princess, who cares?