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Construction Theory Feminist Feminists would greatly criticize the movie The Little Mermaid because she changes herself solely to please a man and endangers her life in attempt to snag his attention.
Ariel, the mermaid protagonist of the movie, changes her physical form exclusively to fit the shallow requirements of a human male. For example, she gives up her voice to change her body completely, to be able to be with Prince Eric. In the middle of the story Ariel gives her voice to Ursula so she can change from mermaid, to human. This would be greatly criticized because a girl changes herself for a man, which would make her lesser than him.
Now onto the next example of the issue. While trying to please Prince Eric, Ariel endangers her own life. This is due to the fact that she 1) gives up her voice, and 2) changes her physical form. This endangers her because she doesn’t have any way to communicate, and doesn’t know how to walk with legs. Feminist would criticize this because she seems helpless and deep in love, which most women are not.
As you can see, feminists would not like the movie The Little Mermaid due to the factors of her need to please a man and in the act, looking like a helpless child while doing so.
Article posted February 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM •
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I would have never though of The Little Mermaid, but now that I think about it i totally agree.
Comment Posted on March 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM by
I agree with Kelly and mike on this blog I would have never thought of the movie like that before good job with your theory it portrays it real well
Comment Posted on February 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM by
Haha, The Little Mermaid! I havent seen that movie in years! I never though about The Little Mermaid that way. If i think about it i do see where your coming from.(:
Comment Posted on February 28, 2012 at 04:08 PM by
This is a well written blog. I like the wording you used in this. And I think you're right, feminists would definitely not appreciate the perspective of females portrayed in this movie, even if it is a Disney classic.
Comment Posted on February 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM by
I never really thought of The Little Mermaid that way. I totally see where you're coming from with this.
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