Bet you didn’t know “Beauty and the Beast” was actually about rape culture–well, it is!
Although this example is fairly obvious, the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is, at its heart, a textbook story of abuse. In the film, the svelte Belle must fall in love with the abusive and violent Beast in order to turn him back into a prince.
But the cursed prince imprisons Belle inside of the castle, effectively centering the plot of the movie around her Stockholm syndrome as she develops “feelings” for the beast.
Don’t let the dancing teacups fool you — this narrative is part of a dangerous cycle playing itself out in relationships nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 10 percent of teens report being slapped or hit by a romantic partner. In addition, research shows that 1 in 3 girls will be emotionally abused by a romantic partner.
Maybe we should rethink the way Disney has transformed glorified servitude into a love-conquers-all fairy tale with a Prince Charming ending.
Let the re-education proceed!
Posted by Charlotte Allen