Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
Feminism in Beauty and the Beast
A feminist analysis of any material can always go two way: 1) criticize absolutely everything about the material 2) defend the female characters as victims of circumstance. In the case of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it’s very easy to bring up Stockholm Syndrome amongst other anti-feminist issues in the plot. But one can also defend Belle’s strong will and generosity, despite her situation. Disney made a very strategic decision by casting Emma Watson in the live-action remake because in film she is known as the strong-willed bookworm Hermione Granger and in the real world she is known a huge feminist activist. It’s clear with this decision and their recent films like Maleficent and Cinderella that Disney is attempting to put a feminist spin on the stories we all know, to various degrees of success. What can Disney do to revise Beauty and the Beast? Is the story inherently anti-feminist?