I’m sure we’ve all seen this going around the web. Merida has become a Disney Princess. And it has sparked outrage! How dare they make her into a skinny, sexy, princess! That’s going against everything she stood for in the movie.
Hang on, am I the only one who’s not seeing this? I look at…
The problem people have with this isn’t that designs involving ‘girly’ attributes like glittery dresses and thin waists are inherently BAD, and I don’t think the people complaining about this see it as the most outrageous feminist issue in itself; It’s about holding it up as the most recent example of an exhaustingly repetitive collection of Disney/general media images that homogenise How To Correctly Be A Girl. Like “Oh look, Disney did that thing again…”. They made her thinner, which would not be a problem except all the other princesses are thin. They made her dress more decorative, pretty/feminine, which would not be a problem except all the other princesses are in decorative, feminine clothing. etc. Together with other representations of girls/women aimed at kids, it culminates to form a limited idea of what it is to be female. That’s the underlying problem everyone’s riled up about, this is just the latest example. Diversity in female representation is undoubtably a really fucking important feminist battle and does not make feminism look a joke.
Also if Disney have to make all characters skinny and glittery just to work in their princess style they seriously need to reevaluate that. I agree with you that the redesign will make her fit in more alongside their other princesses and that she would probably look a tad out-of-place as is…but that’s kind of the point, that they all look too similar.
They didn’t make her skinnier. They adapted her to Disney Princess style. Merida is pretty skinny anyway. And since when did being femist mean anti-princess. Some girls like being girly. Disney Princess is ONE kind of thing a girl can like. I know I liked Princesses when I was younger.
I also disagree the look too similar. It’s a similar style. That’s what styles do.
And what if I was to draw Merida in the Incredibles style? Am I reinforcing the idea that girls must be skinny? No, it’s a style.