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Disney’s New Feminist Princess Doesn’t Need a Prince Charming & Is the Role Model Every Girl Deserves

Disney has weaved magic with their movies, and there are generations that have grown up watching their movies. From Cinderella, who brainwashed us about needing to find Prince Charming, to Belle, who turned her lover from a monster to a handsome Prince, the lesson we imbibed from these beautiful (albeit, animated) women was that we needed a man to lend meaning to our lives. Till many of us realized what a load of bunkum that was, and that Prince Charming is not a necessity for a happy, fulfilled life. Then, in a refreshing change, came along Brave and Frozen.

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But now, it seems Disney has finally gotten the memo. Make way for a revolutionary Disney princess, the animated representation of fourth wave feminism, for whom marriage is nowhere on the cards. In fact, it's not even part of the main plot. Meet Princess Moana, who's on a quest to save the world with her sidekick, demigod, and friend - Maui.

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As children's movies, Disney's cultural impact is not just limited to that of entertainment; these characters are also intended to deliver a certain message and propagate a certain set of moral values. The first three Disney princesses - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White - were all shown as beautiful, docile, obedient women who quietly suffered their circumstances, until a man came and rescued them. All of them with flat, unidimensional personalities, whose beauty was their sole defining characteristic. 

Then came the era of 'Disney Renaissance.' This was also the time of third wave feminism, when the ideas of how a woman should behave had been questioned drastically. Movies like The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Mulan gave us women who were flawed and had their own personality. Ariel was stubborn and strong; Belle had a deep intellectual capacity and was fiercely independent; Pocahontas was wise; Mulan was immensely awkward, but incredibly brave.

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Each of these characters, in their own way, questioned the status quo to achieve their own set of dreams. Belle wanted to escape her small town and see what the outside world had to offer. She stubbornly continued to read even when her neighbours looked down upon her rebellion. Pocahontas refused to marry the man her father chose for her, while Mulan joined the army disguised as a man and fought better than many of her fellow male soldiers.

Which brings us to why Moana will be the next big thing for young girls everywhere. When an establishment like Disney (which influences little ones more than one might imagine) shows us a woman who's wholly capable of saving the world and holding her shit together without any sign of a love interest, it is revolutionary.

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From movies whose female protagonists waited in angst to be rescued to a woman who declares wars, Disney has come a long, long way. If it continues, there's a whole new algorithm of ideas that kids will learn and imbibe.

We'd be more than happy to see what brilliance they might have in store for us this time.

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