Everybody’s got a little magic dust in their heart for Tinkerbell. Little girls have Tinkerbell backpacks, college girls have Tinkerbell keychains. When I was in high school? A little figurine of her, pouting with crossed arms, sat under posters of my favorite bands. But does she really deserve all this gurl love? I actually don’t think so.
I know, I know—she’s your favorite, and I’m being sacrilege. Just stick with me while I go over the evidence:
Everybody thinks of Tink as this fun, sassy, mischievous pixie—but her competitive nature is way darker and dangerous than that. You might not remember, but in the Disney movie, Tinkerbell is so jealous of Wendy that she tries to have her killed. That’s right. Tink isn’t just cute, she’s also kind of a gurl-hating psycho-maniac.
But it’s not even her jealous, manipulative, get-the-guy-at-all-costs mentality that makes me think Tinkerbell’s a bad role model. The biggest strike against Tink? She doesn’t have a voice. Not just that she doesn’t use it, but that she actually can’t speak. Sure, in newer, straight-to-DVD versions, Disney decided that she should talk, but original, classic Tink? Completely mute. What does that say about girls and our place in the world? That we should be silent? Mmmhm. Great message there.
On the flip-side, Wendy Darling, the girl who first meets Peter Pan in London and then follows him to Neverland, is basically Tink’s opposite— and she’s awesome. Wendy’s an amazing storyteller, which is what Peter loves most about her (yay for girls with voices!); she’s brave enough to help Peter battle Captain Hook; she’s not selfish or bratty; and she looks pretty cute with that blue bow in her hair.
It’s time to toss the pixie dust aside and make room for Wendy—a gurl after our own hearts.
What do you think? Are you over Tink and her backstabbing ways, or do you still love her? Tell us in the comments!