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Here Are All Your Favorite Disney Princesses, Ranked From Least To Most Feminist

#15 Aurora

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If there was a race named feminism, Aurora will be the one who would fall just pass the start line, brush it off, sits on the lawn, and begin to put flowers in her hair. The single thing which Aurora does in the movie is not to talk. She is the only Disney Princess who has the least number of dialogues. She sleeps a solid 75% of her movie and just waits for a prince to wake her up with a kiss. And if this is a matter of personal choice: Aurora has less autonomy than a chair.

Moral of the story: No feminism.

#14 Snow White

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Snow White is probably the most irresolute princess in the whole Disney universe.

First, she has to run away because the magic mirror declared her the most beautiful person alive. And because the Queen is not happy with it, she merely escapes her murder plot and meets some friendly animals who lead her to a small house of the seven dwarfs. Guess what? Just when she enters the house, the first thing came to her mind was to start cleaning.

Moral of the story: No feminism.

#13 Cinderella

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Cinderella, a pretty young woman who lives in a big 2000 so. Feet house is destined to do all the chores. The oppressed lifestyle is beyond limits, and she probably thinks about “feminism” as just a new brand of a detergent.

Her only hope for a dignified survival is to ask her fairy godmother for a nice pair of glass shoes and a beautiful dress so that she could go to that ball and get noticed by a wealthy guy to rescue her. Moreover, she has to leave that ball before midnight so that no one sees her poverty. In the end, she runs with her prince charming who she had just met for like 15 minutes. The prince who had a fixation on her feet and did not even remember her face.

Moral of the story: No feminism. Fetishism.

#12 Ariel

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Ariel is somewhat strong compared to our previous contenders. She is a non-conformist, she is a caring girl, and she always questions the extreme self-righteousness of her dad, the Asshole of the Seas. But again, she also throws away her God gifted beautiful voice just to tag along with some guy she only saw for a couple of minutes and never spoken to.

Most of her decisions are reckless (probably it’s because she is 16), and like others, there is still that common problem: guys. She runs away from entirely (her father) to meet another guy (Eric). Come on now, Ariel.

Moral of the story: No feminism.

#11 Belle

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Belle is a tough girl. She is a keen reader in a humble town in France in 1800 era (she could be the next Mary Shelley!), teaching us that it’s perfectly ok for a woman to be intelligent and take care of herself. Belle is also ambitious above and beyond the concepts of simply having a marriage and starting a family. She also rejects the cocky Gaston despite his popularity as the most eligible bachelor in everyone else’s eyes.

Although she trades her father’s freedom with her own, she does not give in completely to the Beast’s wishes. She gets her own way with the Beast and forces him to behave like a decent person just to earn 5 minutes of her time.

Unfortunately at the end of the movie like the old ritual of “prince meeting the princess,” she succumbs to the love of a multimillionaire prince. As they say, beauty is on the inside…or more precisely, it’s on the inside of a multimillionaire prince.

Moral of the story: There is feminism, but it’s low-grade.

#10 Rapunzel

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Now Rapunzel shows lots of improvement with her beautiful display of The Frying Pan. How cool is that! This classic display becomes the perfect symbol of feminism by beating the shit out of someone with it.

Tangled is Disney’s adaptation of a classic story in which a beautiful princess is locked up in a high tower by a witch and who is traditionally rescued by a prince. But Disney’s adaptation is far much cooler where our beautiful Rapunzel is so much more than a damsel in distress. She is smart, witty, reads a lot of books, plays chess and learns to fight with her hair!

Of course, she gets married in the end, but in the case of Rapunzel, it’s not like she was actively searching for her prince charming. She just wanted to escape from the tower to explore the tasteful beauty of the world and along the way she just happened to meet the love of her life.

Moral of the story: THE FRYING PAN.

#9 Jasmine

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Princess Jasmine has stood fast for her feminism throughout the movie. First, she rejects to a man who wants to marry her forcefully. After that, she flees the oppressive walls of the big palace to explore the life beyond the walls. And for the third time, she does not care how much of a prince someone is as she is simply not interested in “who’s got the longest dick” games. Like every other Disney princess, Jasmine faces the horror of arranged marriage, but she knows to do better than that. As she says, “I am not a prize to be won.”

In the end, she puts her influence on the Sultan to change the laws of Agrabah thus letting her marry the man she wants.

Moral of the story: I AM NOT YOUR DOLL.

#8 Tiana

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Tiana is an independent woman with a clear goal op opening her own restaurant. Like other Disney princesses, she is not obsessed with finding the right guy. She is strong, realistic and a professional woman, working her ass off to realize her dream. And she is the rightful owner of every single penny of that hard earned money. Although she falls in love with a toad, the major take away from this Disney classic is that if you are focused and work your butt off, you can achieve whatever you dream of.

Moral of the storyWork, work, work, work, work.

#7 Merida

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Another Disney princess with the classic Disney dilemma of arranged marriage. Merida is a fascinating example of an energetic girl who likes to hunt and have this fire burning in her heart to live the life to its fullest. She refuses to be presented as a winning trophy to the horrible suitors at the traditional games. Also, she is not going to be treated as a permanent adhesive to strengthen the alliance among clans.

Merida ruthlessly breaks the stereotype of strong men by performing exceptional hunting skills at the games like shooting her arrow at just the “Right Spot.” Compared to her size and physique, Merida has been excellent with her physical as well as mental strength throughout the movie.

Moral of the story: Beauty has no specific look.

#6 Esmeralda

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Esmeralda is a strong woman who fights for social justice throughout the film. She is a true icon of feminism. From the very beginning of the movie, she receives a discriminated behaviour just because she was a poor gipsy. Instead of crying her eyes out, she fights the injustice and marginal discrimination of the poor and the minorities.

Being a Disney princess, Esmeralda also has some interested guys in the line. The first one is the kind hearted Quasimodo who loves her because he thinks of her as a fairy godmother who will fix all the troubles of his life. Second is the pure evil Frollo who has the most impure fantasies for her. But Esmeralda breaks this stereotype of whore vs. saint bullshit and goes for Captain Phoebus who truly loves her for who she really is: a strong and fighting woman.

Moral of the story: My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be garbage.

#5 Megara

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Megara is probably the most undermined Disney woman. The reason is that unlike other Disney princesses she is not a nice chick. She is sarcastic, and her cynicism is her most prominent characteristic, especially when it comes to love. She is full of feminist wisdom and does not hesitate to speak the ugly truth: “Well, you know how men are. They think ‘No’ means ‘Yes’ and ‘Get lost’ means ‘Take me, I’m yours.”

Moral of the story: Fuck the patriarchy.

#4 Pocahontas

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Pocahontas is the most eco-feminism Disney princess of all times. She is one of the rare Disney gals who choose their own fate and have more important things to do than to have tea in England.

She is an independent, self-assured, and courageous woman who teaches love, respect and equality. Instead of getting rescued by a prince charming our brave Pocahontas saves the dear Jon Smith. And when he gets all over her, her response was like, “you don’t get it pal. If you keep drooling over like this, you won’t survive as far as getting a drink with me.”

Moral of the story: Do you think you own everything you step on, you idiot?

#3 Elsa

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When it comes to feminism, Disney’s Frozen gal is as cold as ice. At first, she is put into hiding by her parents and forced to live in seclusion due to “her condition.” She loses the joy of life and everything which made her happier including the dear sister’s love. Well finally its just too much for her and she leaves the oppression and decides to make the most out of her special abilities.

She builds a wonderful castle; actually, she builds an excellent life around her where she can be herself, free, joyful and away from the criticism of the cruel world. And after finding the real beauty of herself, she returns to the love of her sister to help her.

Because when you’ve lost everything, when you’ve let go of everything, you’ve also let go of something that often holds you on a short leash: fear.

Moral of the story: LET IT GO.

#2 Mulan

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The Badass Mulan! She is beautiful, fearless and a real kickass Disney princess. Mulan proves that women are no less than the other men. They can fulfill responsibilities whatever the men can, or maybe even better than them. In her case, the performance becomes legendary as she saves the whole of China. Mulan takes up traditional gender roles, puts it on a slab and smashes it in the movie. She proves that women deserve the same respect in the society as the men and there is nothing less or of little value in being a woman.

#1 Moana

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At last some real feminism you can appreciate in a Disney movie. Moana the, leading lady and our Disney princess, is not desperate for the love of her life, and she is even not worrying sick about who would she marry after her dear father dies. She is the brave and adventurous gal of an Island who goes far and beyond to save her village from utter destruction. Moana’s Mantra: She wants to go beyond limits, where no one would dare to go, to save her village from a dreadful fate.

She has no prince charming just an ally in her adventure. With her wisdom, she convinces him that the only solution to their problem is to forget about his male ego and do good teamwork. With her confidence and fearless attitude, she advances towards a great rescue and earns a magnificent victory for her village.

Moral of the story: When one woman advances, all women advance.

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