Snow White is the original Disney Princess, and the story is adapted from the Grimm fairy tale of the same name. It’s grim indeed because we all know this tale is pretty messed up. I mean, having a wicked stepmother who’s trying to kill you doesn’t sound that fun, right?
Snow White is full of more than just some scary plot points though. Now, I get that the fairy tale is from the 1800s and that the Disney film came out in 1937, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at things that are inherently wrong with it.
It’s important to look at how these fairy tales are on this super high pedestal and why we’re putting them there. Snow White is not a happy tale. I’m sorry, it’s just not. Let’s find out why.
That You're Only Good For Housework
Some argue that Snow is earning her stay by cleaning. Well, that's crap because she's perfectly capable of doing more than cleaning a house. She literally cleans all day and talks to animals and waits for the dwarves to come home. That's her day.
Oh And Cooking
LOL JK. Snow doesn't just clean. She cooks too! Because that's what women are apparently supposed to do.
That You Should Use Your Femininity To Get What You Want
How does Snow convince the dwarves (who are complete strangers, might I add) to stay with them? Well, she's pretty so they have no problem with that. But they literally let her stay because she can cook and clean. Seriously. That's what happens.
That Not Listening To Men Screws Everything Up
Apparently, Snow White was having a grand time cooking and cleaning for her men while they were at work. They warn her not to let anyone in the house while they're gone. But she lets someone in because Snow White is the most trusting person ever in the history of everything. And what happens? Oh, she just gets poisoned and causes a whole mess of issues. If she had just listened to the guys, everything would have been fine, right?
That No Consent Is Fine And So Is Necrophelia
The Prince finds out that Snow is allegedly dead. So he runs to her coffin and kisses her. But she's not dead. She was in a poisoned slumber. I don't know anyone who would be cool with a strange man running up to them mid-slumber and laying one on them without consent. But what does Snow White know? She's just a girl.
That You Need A Man To Save You And He Doesn't Even Need A Name
Snow White is supposed to be killed by the Huntsman, who lets her go. Man save #1. Then she meets the seven dwarves who also "save" her by letting her hideout in exchange for being a maid. Man save #2-9. Then the Prince saves her and whisks her away. Man save #10.
That You Have To Wait Around For Things To Happen
Snow White doesn't ever do anything for herself. She pines for a Prince, actually singing the "Someday my prince will come" with a massive emphasis on "someday." Who knows when that will be, but who cares? Snow is just going to wait around and do some chores until he shows up. Maybe bake a pie or two.
That Beauty Is The Most Important Thing You Have
The entire plot of this story exists because the Evil Queen is jealous of Snow White's beauty. Not only is the Queen super narcissistic, but the importance of beauty in this society has made her totally evil. Everyone is so stricken by how beautiful Snow White is, and she doesn't seem to have anything else going for her. She's nice but also very aloof. She literally is an airhead, but everything works out for her in the end because she's pretty. That's not how life works.
What do you think about Snow White? Can you think of anything else wrong with the movie? Tell us in the comments!