2 thoughts on “A Funny (Yet Honest) Critique of Beauty and the Beast…

  1. “Funny (yet honest)” – if you really think the whole of that statement applies to ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, I have to conclude that you did not pay attention. After all, Belle is not scared or repulsed by him only because of his looks, but because of the fact that he locks up people without a reason and shows no compassion at all, instead he behaves horribly in the beginning, he snaps and screams at her and orders her around.

  2. I will concede to the point that looks weren’t all that had to do with that statement. But if I added ‘personality’ or ‘abuse’ to that and made it ‘looks and abuse don’t matter if you keep her locked up long enough’, I think it would be pretty accurate. Not because of the Disney-fied version of the story, but because of the negative impact that it has later on in life- the implication that, if the woman is ‘loving enough’, the man will change from an abusive beast into a handsome, caring prince. The reverse applies to the male psyche as well- if the woman is unable to put up with his bullshit for long enough, then it is concluded that it was in the woman’s inability to ‘love’ enough, and not in the man’s inability to be caring. Thus this view that if the man ‘locks’ the woman in the abusive relationship for long enough, everything will turn out fine (from both ends).

    Which is not to say that I don’t absolutely adore Beauty and the Beast (even the Disney version). It’s one of my all time favorites. But as we grow older, there comes a time when these things that we were taught as children about love and beauty and acceptance become complicated (both in good ways and in bad ways)- and these are the things that NEED to be addressed. I am able to accept that I shouldn’t judge based on looks, I am able to notice when you should stand by someone when they are acting out because of lonliness, and I am able to appreciate a person’s transformation when it does occur- all things I was taught by this fairy-tale. But what does this story teach women who are being abused/ were abused? Where is the cut-off for ‘loving someone’ into a transformation? As an adult, this is what NEEDS to now be addressed- not the defense of the original story, but an explanation and release from it’s grown-up complications.

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