7 Horrible Things You Learned From Mulan

We love Mulan as a Disney Princess because she wasn’t just a princess, she was a badass. Mulan sacrificed herself to take her father’s place in the war and ended up saving her entire country from the Huns’ attack. If that’s not awesome, I don’t know what is.

Of course, Mulan is amazing especially from a girl power aspect. She has no problem taking matters into her own hands, no matter how difficult a situation may be. But as great as Mulan and the rest of the movie is, let’s not forget some of these lessons that aren’t so great.

What do you think about Mulan? Can you think of anything else wrong with the movie? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Ana

    I’m just wondering, has anyone else questioned how Shang might have felt when learning Mulan had disguised herself in the army, knowing he punched her a few times in training? I mean, when we hear stories about domestic violence, we are shocked and rant about it, so what about when Mulan’s true identity is revealed? It could have inspired some guilt in Shang for punching her in training.

  • nerdygirl

    This is pure madness. Mulan taught plenty of good lessons. Mulan taught us that women can be strong if they try. Mulan only dressed as a man to protect her elderly father and keeping him from dying in the war. Mulan wasn’t even concerned about getting married, it was the people around her. And in the end nobody was mainly thinking about whether her and Shang were going to get together. The main reason they went back to that is to prove that when Mulan was acting as her self-a strong woman- she could get a man with no makeup or dresses.

  • Stacey

    To dispute on of your “lessons” (That The Only Way To Be Strong Is To Be A Man). The movie proved the opposite when Mulan had the guys disguise themselves as women in order for them to help rescue the Emperor. This was to show you don’t have to a man in order to save someone.

  • Ana

    Well, I think part of the reason people might not have listened to her opinions because she dishonored her family when she spoke out against drafting her father into the war. She cross-dressed so that she could restore honor and save her father because women weren’t allowed in the army at that time.

  • Jeanne

    As a Korean-American/Asian-American, I can confidently tell you that every bad “lesson” you included in this piece does not apply to this particular movie, because like everyone else said, it’s a *cultural* thing.

    If this were taking place in 2014, in the U.S., then they are somewhat accurate, but still not lessons.

    Females weren’t allowed to join the army in China/Korea at the time and that’s why she had to dress and act like a man, she didn’t have a choice. She sacrificed herself so her father wouldn’t have to go through war with his injury, which I think is a courageous thing to do.

    The matchmaker concept is very common in Asian countries, and probably other countries as well. We’re in the U.S. and it’s not common to be forced to marry a certain guy, and that’s why you probably don’t fully understand it.

    Also, in the Asian culture, particularly Japanese, Korean and Chinese, it’s extremely difficult to have a voice, especially when it comes to parents. There are a strict set of values that many immigrated and Asian parents follow even in the U.S.

    These “lessons” would fit well if you weren’t referring them to a movie that took place long time ago in a foreign country, where all of these lessons would go unnoticed and be perceived as normal.

    As lessons for girls, yes, *a few* of them are worth pointing out, but *not* in the context of a Disney movie.

    I REALLY hope and strongly advise against doing one of these on FROZEN, because that movie, for *the most part*, sends out great messages, and outnumber the bad “lessons” that you probably intentionally plan to extract from the movie.

  • Kitty

    I don’t agree with your anyalisis at all. The movie is in a time period where this stuff would happen. I watched the movie a long time ago and only remember small parts, but I agree with the other comments.

  • xcypressriverx

    acutally, those examples weren’t lessons the movie was teaching. they were showing how unfairly women were being treated.

  • Meh

    …Sorry, but most of these were the society of the time period. I disagree with most of these, because if you look at it, the odds were against her, and yet she beat them. (That happens in a lot of Disney movies.) Yes, she ended up respected and everything, but back then, yes, the people saw women as property, not people. It was society, and aspects of that are evident in ours. Disney princesses like Mulan are meant to empower girls, and they showed a woman conquering an army and becoming the hero of her sexist culture to meet that goal. In short, the problems in the movie that you described were part of society; the way people were raised to believe.

  • Lucy

    WOW that was an awful analysis. The reason that these themes were brought in the movie was a way of showing that, despite the odds that were stacked against her (which, by the way, WERE culturally accurate during this time period) Mulan still managed to succeed in the army.

  • eh

    He was all “I can’t believe you lied to me, you’re a girl” instead of being all “Woah, cool you’re a solider and a girl.”
    Um, you do realise that a girl joining China’s army back then was punishable by death? Shang had great reason to be upset.

  • Kat

    I… What. Wat. This is the most inaccurate analysis of Mulan ever. Just. Seriously? This reads like someone decided to write something based on the first twenty minutes of the movie.

  • Amelia Kim

    I feel that these are not really lessons taught in this movie. All of these are examples of things that are proven inaccurate during the plot of the movie. I think the whole point of the movie is that Mulan breaks free of so many culturally constraints and then overcomes this enemy being herself as a women. She gets to bring honor to her family for saving China as a girl and it’s awesome. I’ll give you the focus at the end but even that somehow feels like a side note to please the romance part of the movie.

  • Alana

    I dunno if you actually watched the movie or not, but the freaking EMPEROR BOWS TO HER. I dunno if you get that significance, but it means he RESPECTS HER COURAGE. And then they end it with something funny, aka the General sputtering trying to ask her out, basically, because she intimidates him. That’s definitely recognizing her achievements.

  • Steffie

    Did you even watch this movie? You completely missed the point.