2. How all of them represent some element of feminism, good and bad. (Pocahontas and Tiana would make nice gateways into exploring the colonialism and racism prevalent in certain feminist circles.)
3. The evolution of the males, from silent accessory to equal to comic relief and beyond. Never, it should be noted, more important than the woman the story is about.
4. Comparison of Aurora's character in Disney, Once Upon a Time, and Maleficent. Possibly the original tale as well, but that'd be a supporting detail than an entire section.
5. Princesses and abuse.
6. Princesses and the idea of freedom.
7. How the narratives change based on the chosen time period.
8. Fighting like a girl - not a man, as is required of "strong" female characters, but like a girl.
9. Connection between them and their animal counterparts. Is it significant that Jasmine has a tiger and Rapunzel a chameleon? Why specifically a flounder and crab for Ariel?
10. The relationships between themselves and their villains.
11. Sexuality. Or rather, the lack of it in the franchise. Being a princess isn't about blood, this is true, but there's a troubling message that one of the requirements is the erasure of any hint re: sexual activities or past or objectification.**
12. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IS NOT STOCKHOLM SYNDROME OH MY GOD
13. Elsa's powers as a metaphor for sexuality.
14. Aurora, Ariel, and Belle vs their respective curses. Passivity, active from within, and active from without.
15. Tiana and Merida: do their narratives elevate them as high as Disney would have us believe?
16. Neglect and feral children. Focus on Rapunzel, Elsa, and Anna. (Possibly Ella.) Hell, if we throw in Jasmine it could turn into a paper about
17. Princesses and their various levels of isolation. (Physical, emotional, social, etc.)
18. Princesses and mental illness. This will probably be Elsa-centric, lbr, but we'll see.
19. Princesses and "True Love".
20. Why the hell do one or both of her parents have to be dead?
* In progress for WGSS class.
** Remember the criticism about Elsa's emotional liberation involving a change in physical appearance. I disagree with it, but it's worth unpacking. (I beseech all, however, to keep in mind what METAPHORS are.)
1. How the criticism of Snow White and Ella represent the problematic nature of second-wave feminism, i.e. shaming of traditional femmes.*