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I don’t think I’m the only woman who felt that way, and 26 years later, I’m not especially surprised to see a revamped, more explicitly “feminist” Beauty and the Beast being sold to a new generation.
Today’s young women are nothing if not primed for it, with self-esteem and intergenerational trust at an all-time low.
I thought I might be surprised that I’d ever found it liberating, but in fact it all made sense.
So much of it predicts the path that mainstream feminism would be about to take, drifting away from the shit-and-string-beans mundanity of everyday exploitation to be dazzled by the glamour of individual inner lives. This is feminist, even if said books are about “far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise! It doesn’t really matter what you’re reading, though, as long as you’re reading, preferably while walking through a busy market square, completely oblivious to other human beings and their pathetic little lives.
This is, I think, one of the most insidious aspects of , and the one which marks it out as a fundamentally third-wave project: it remarkets femininity – by which I mean female accommodation, empathy, self-sacrifice on behalf of males – as not just a female, but a feminist, virtue.
Belle is sneeringly dismissive of the Bimbettes’ adoration of Gaston, yet quite prepared to embrace self-effacement for a more unusual male in a more unusual setting. Watching this now, I can’t help recalling my own feelings about leaving behind the “coarse and unrefined” men of my own town to go to university, where I met men whose sexism I chose not to see.
However, the latter is excused because he does it while being a beast and hence has identity issues.
It’s not for rubbish women, who marry local heartthrobs and have babies and get old and shit. This makes it more inclusive (no, I don’t know why, either). Sod the sisterhood; as long as you have the right accessories, liberation is yours.
provides us with the character of Gaston, who is your classic, out-and-out, unreconstructed chauvinist.
“Let this dismissal of a woman’s experience move you to anger,” wrote Walker. Nonetheless, had we been looking for a predictor of how the third wave of feminism would play out in popular culture and the mainstream media, there’s something else we should have been studying – Disney’s animated film as a feminist film.
It seems strange to me now, but it tapped into a mixture of impulses – teenage vanity, a mistrust of older women, a need for reassurance that I was unique – that I mistook for feminist principles.
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I associated misogyny with a lack of education and an uncritical embrace of stereotypes.