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.
That Your Opinions Don't MatterMulan has to cross-dress to get anyone to pay attention to what she says. When she's wearing her lady clothes, her opinion is null and void, including her opinions on her own life.
That You Still Need To Be Rescued
If you're a woman, people are cool with you being independent. Sometimes. You don't ever want to be too in charge of your life though because then no one will want you. So you better be just helpless enough to be saved.
That You're A Present
I know this is a culture thing from the time period, but it's worth talking about. Mulan is literally being wrapped up like a present to be given to a man. UGH. When she doesn't fulfill this "obligation" and goes off to be a successful warrior, everyone is still concerned about marrying her off.
That Nothing Matters As Long As You Land A Guy
Mulan saves her entire country, but the focus is still on her bringing home General Li at the end. Seriously? She just did something amazing and all everyone is concerned with is her dating Shang Li. I get it, he's a babe. But he sucks because he wanted nothing to do with her when he found out that she was cross-dressing to save her father. 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."
That The Only Way To Be Strong Is To Be A Man
Oh you want to be strong and independent? Sorry, you can't! Unless you're a man. Or unless you dress up as a man. Your dainty little self can't possible be strong unless you pretend to be a dude, but that's okay because you can just FIND a man to take care of you!
That Your Mistakes Are Because You're A Woman
Yes, Mulan screwed up because she probably shouldn't have caused an avalanche. That was dangerous. But she did save her army AND Shang. However, that doesn't matter once they found out she was a woman. And a man never would have let any of that happen, right?
That Your Accomplishments Are Invalidated Because You're A Woman
Once Shang and company find out that Mulan doesn't have literal balls, they cast her away. When she shows up to the Imperial City to warn them that the Huns are coming, no one listens to her because she's just a silly lady! Everything she did like successfully getting through training, fighting in battle and saving her general are completely irrelevant because she's a woman.
What do you think about Mulan? Can you think of anything else wrong with the movie? Tell us in the comments!