What Disney movies teach kids: Beauty and the Beast

This is an obvious one also. i think the worst part about the “”brainwashing”” that’s happening here is that the kids think its totally normal and it’s what’s going to happen in their life, i mean why wouldn’t they? It’s gonna suck so bad for them when they get older and its not their fault. When you’re a kid you trust that Dad knows everything, that Mum can make anything okay, and you trust your fun little cartoon characters who show you an awesome story where everything will be okay, but in the real world it’s really not. Of course if you are rich and beautiful though, or submissive and play by the rules, then yeah there is a much higher chance you’re going to have a great life. But when you’re comparing your life to that of a fairytale… Well it’s just not going to work out that way for most people, who knows, maybe you’ll be the expection

Beauty and the Beast is the story of a girl, Belle, who falls in love with an ugly beast because he has a good heart. The intended message from Disney is that one should never judge a book by its cover and that the inside is what counts. While this message may very well be true, it isn’t the only one conveyed. While Belle is getting to know the beast, he has her imprisoned in his castle against her will. Especially at the beginning, his words and actions are nearly if not entirely abusive. He yells at her often, uses harsh words, and comes close to physically harming her in a couple of scenes. This teaches and gives girls a perfect example of patriarchy, a system in which femininity is subordinate to masculinity. This is encouraged particularly when Belle retreats to her room after the beast yells at her and then isn’t allowed to eat dinner when she refuses to do as he wishes and eat with him.

       

Two other messages that this story conveys are the importance of beauty and hegemonic heterosexuality (the idea of the dominant and privileged being those who are heterosexual). At the very beginning of the story, the beast is first a handsome prince. He is transformed into an ugly beast as punishment for turning away an old hag (who is actually a beautiful enchantress) who comes to his door looking for shelter. The enchantress (from whom, by the way, the prince begs for forgiveness when he sees that she is actually beautiful) promises the prince that he will become handsome and human again when he learns how to love another and earn her love in return. This scenario essentially teaches kids that ugliness is a form of punishment and beauty is a reward. This scenario also encourages hegemonic heterosexuality because the beast is told that he will be rewarded only for loving and being loved by a girl. This is emphasized by supporting characters as they talk about “the girl who will break the spell” and help the beast charm Belle by giving him heterosexual dating advice. For example, one character, Cogsworth, suggests that the beast give Belle “flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep…” because these are examples of “things” that society has turned into “objects” of romance that men give women.

(Source: iwanttobeadisneyprincess.blogspot.co.uk)