Faith Moore, an author and fellow Disney princess addict, wrote a book that I can’t forget about whenever I see another tweet or another article criticizing a Disney princess by saying how anti-feminist, pro-patriarchy all these fairy-tales are. She is a freelance writer, a stay-at-home mom, and a former elementary school teacher. She’s been on The Michael Knowles Show and many others to share her side of the story, but she also wrote a book called “Saving Cinderella: What Feminists Get Wrong about Disney Princesses and How to Set It Right.” As a fellow Disney lover, I knew I had to get my hands on this book and read how all my magical feelings towards Disney are being broken by the modern Left and how they are trying to take away the charm of the princesses themselves.
Moore begins the book by reminiscing on the old Disney commercials that compared princesses to little girls, ending the commercial with saying “Dream Big, Princess.” This is literally what every little girl dreams of hearing. We all wanted to be in a princess or female heroine. We admired these cartoon women who Disney had brought to life. Why? Because they were strong, centered, and truly moral women. However, radical feminists have misunderstood the movies entirely. In fact, they’ve turned the movies into quite the anti-feminist narrative.
She reminds us that critics often called these princesses “damsels in distress,” claiming they had no agency over their own lives and needed a man to save and take care of them. Critics claim the princesses were husband hunting, or that they are boring women or not good role models for girls. Here is the catch: none of that is true. The earliest princesses had dreams of their own. In fact, they pursued them. They made sure the love was true love. The princesses were courageous, loving, and compassionate. Moore insists that the only reason the aforementioned narratives have any weight is because you see them printed everywhere even though they’re not right.
Moore contends that there is nothing wrong with wanting a more traditional future and some big dreams are closer to home. She reminds us that the reason we love these princesses so much is because we see ourselves in them. We can see the internal struggle. She also mentions that women shouldn’t be ashamed of loving these princesses and what they represent.
Then Moore does something I still can’t get over: she goes down the list of princesses and explains what makes them all feminist, all wonderful role models, and all pro-woman. She starts with the earliest princesses and finishes with the new age princesses.