Mulan: Just Another Princess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

August 31, 2011
In “Mulan: Just Another Princess,” Michelle K. expresses her views on the Disney movie, calling it racist and sexist. She cites scenes including when Shang finds out that Ping (Mulan disguised as a man) is actually a girl, saying “his stupid male ego breaks on impact.”

However, I have a different view. “Mulan” is not sexist, in my opinion. She dresses like a man because women were not allowed to serve in the military; if she hadn't worn a disguise, she would never have been able to be a Disney heroine. Michelle claims that Mulan's most celebrated victory is not saving her country from invasion, but marrying Shang. This is a very interesting point when viewing it from our era. But given that in the movie's time, men were the dominant sex, I think “Mulan” actually shows women rising up and taking a rightful, respectable position in society.
I do not think “Mulan” is racist either. The way the Asian characters are depicted is probably not fueled by racism, but rather the artist's style. Accusing the film of being racist based on a style of drawing is wrong.

Instead of looking for hidden negative themes in Disney movies, I think people should focus on its message. For example, “Beauty and the Beast” is about inner beauty, whereas “Pocahontas” shows that two very different cultures can get along. I don't believe that Disney is trying to insult anyone, but trying to spread a universal message – a good one.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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BloglessBlogger said...
May 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm
True, but not all the princesses are like that...
theartgeek97 said...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm
Thank you!!!  When I read that article that is exactly what I was thinking!!!
CalvinWu replied...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm
I can't believe TeenInk even published that junk in the first place.
theartgeek97 replied...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Yeah, it was pretty mis-leading, but the point of the article was to express her opinion and...that was her opinion, even if it wasn't correct or reseached.  What really bothered me was that she didn't even reseach about the time period and how women were viewed in that time. That really would have affected her opinion of the movie I think. :)
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