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Elena, just now [watching The Little Mermaid]: Where are Ariel's parents?
Me: Well, they just showed her father. He's looking for her.
E: But where's her mom?
Me: *eyeroll* Good question.
[livejournal.com profile] galagan: Yeah, we never get to find that out, do we?
E: Maybe she's at work?
[livejournal.com profile] galagan: Could be....
E: Yeah, she's definitely at work.

(Way to go, sweetie! Glad to see that feminist consciousness is developing already at age 4! We must be doing something right!)

Date: 2009-04-25 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanj.livejournal.com
Gold-plated awesome.

Date: 2009-04-26 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spacecrime.livejournal.com
The funny part (for me, at least) being that I'm reasonably sure Ursula is the "mom" in the story.

Not biologically, of course, but she is the gatekeeper of the larger social world, and the one who exacts the price of admission: giving up your own identity (your "voice") in exchange for getting to go out and do adult things. Or as my mother used to say to my sister, "You are NOT going out dressed like THAT."

I suppose I'm spending too much time finding subtext in Disney princesses -- but in folktales, the mother is almost always the witch . . .

Date: 2009-04-26 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kcobweb.livejournal.com
Interesting! There is one line I've always wondered about - Ursula is making fun of Triton's lame-o party, and says something about "When *I* lived in the palace" - and that is never explained or returned to.

Fascinating. *ponderponderponder*

When I was in college (and the movie was new) we used to come up with lots of pseudo-feminist analysis for the movie: the source of Triton's power is a phallic symbol (it's longer than it is wide), and Eric defeats Ursula by stabbing her, nay *penetrating* her with the broken spar of wood on the front of the ship......

Date: 2009-04-27 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spacecrime.livejournal.com
Yeah, there's nothing subtle about those images.

Date: 2009-04-26 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottahill.livejournal.com
I love the idea of Triton as a stay-at-home dad. :)

Date: 2009-04-26 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterborne.livejournal.com
Ha! Right on.

Date: 2009-04-26 08:33 pm (UTC)


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