“I hate how Disney and others depict Rapunzel with her long blonde hair. Like I understand that was her most notable trait but after she cut it off she set herself free and sacrificed herself and I think that says a lot more about her than just blonde hair. I don’t know it kind of offends me too because she would be the only princess with brown hair and green eyes and that is two of my traits. Not to mention her short hair. I just wish there was more brunette Rapunzel rather than blonde.”
llamavatar said: Too bad Flynn was the one who cut it off. I get that it was symbolic but it doesn’t make it her choice. >_>
andifitsneverlandyouneed said: (She didn’t cut it, Flynn cut it. She actually had no choice in the cutting of her own hair, let’s just remember that)
Someone on a Frozen-bashing article claimed Tangled was “the first feminist Disney princess.” I enjoy Tangled and the character of Rapunzel, but— no.
First off, glad to know Ariel, Belle, Mulan, Tiana, etc. don’t count (someone would say the ‘feminism’ of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast is debatable; I’ll give them that, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Mulan and Tiana’s films are).
Secondly, I would consider Tangled among the least empowering of the so-called ‘princess films.’ Like the folks above me have pointed out, Rapunzel’s haircut, the act which frees her from the clutches of Mother Gothel and a life of imprisonment, is done by the male love interest, Flynn. Had she actually cut her own hair, it would have been a truly empowering moment, but as it is, it’s yet another case of “hero rescues the princess.”
At least we had moments were she rescued him earlier in the film to make the relationship more equal, but still, in the end, Rapunzel is unable to rescue herself from the ultimate conflict of the film.
I never get into these kinds of “discussions” on here, but I’m just gonna briefly reblog (and then delete it because it adds nothing good to my Tumblr) this to add into the mix the fact that I have long blonde hair - so why exactly is it okay, and perfectly acceptable for people to rip on that trait?! This is why I hate all this sort of thing - it takes the joy out of every single Disney film ever made, and stereotyping *anyone* for how they look, is just so not okay. I’m blonde and proud of it, thanks.