I am sick to death of articles destroying time-loved classics because of the argument that the princesses in them were repressed or the film itself wasn't feminist enough. One writer—and I wish I could find the article—put it into perfect perspective. And the gist was that Disney has evolved as much with the times as society itself. So if Snow White was a lovely, caterwauling princess, who liked to cook and clean to earn her keep, let's take a look at the era in which it was first made: 1937.
So in my defense of Disney and the heroines that have evolved over years, just like women and men have evolved themselves, here's a list of positive articles detailing the weaknesses AND strengths of Disney princesses:
Disney Heroines: A Feminist Evolution, Part 1: The Classics
Disney Heroines: A Feminist Evolution, Part 2: The Princesses
The Truth About Feminism and Disney Princesses
Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models
4 Ways the Disney Princesses Created Modern Feminism
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't point you toward Whitney Avalon's amazing rap battles. Snow White v. Elsa is my absolute fave. Regardless of who wins, they both rock it. And of course, the big Buffy fan that I am, Cinderella v. Belle is also is amazing.
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.