I participated in this event tonight, and it was awesome.
I consider myself a feminist who is very aware of gender stereotypes and sexism in our society, but re-watching Beauty and the Beast was an eye-opening experience. There is so much innate sexism built into the movie: objectification of women’s bodies, men completely disregarding and ignoring the opinions of women, and plenty of domestic abuse and violence.
All of this in Beauty in the Beast, where the “princess”, Belle, is considered to be one of the “smarter” Disney princesses (why? Because she reads books and refuses to marry Gaston). I started thinking about Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty, and those are even worse!
Domestic abuse is so ingrained into our culture and society that it is often overlooked. I am going to make even more of an effort to be aware of these issues now.