I would just like to point out, as I always do, that Mulan isn’t a princess. She didn’t even marry into royalty. Pocahontas passes because as a chief’s daughter, she’s an Indian princess. Just something that’s annoying to me.
What an excellent public service. Yes, do please continue pointing out that Disney has some gumption to cram these women of color into the Eurocentric construct of royalty— I mean, by golly, Mulan’s princess status should clearly be defined by “having an important dad” or “marrying an important man.”
Extra credit for sorting Pocahontas into the mythical “Indian princess” category instead of into Gryffindor.
Why do you have to be rude? Mulan isn’t a princess. By any definition (“Eurocentric” or not). She didn’t get with the emperor. Her mom hadn’t been with the emperor. Her dad was in the military. And not such a high ranking member that he could have gotten out of fighting with a few words or a bribe or something.
Seriously, make a more valid argument than the whitewashing of Disney because I’d love to hear it. I know it exists. But that is no excuse to cram a woman of color onto something with that label just because if her race.Also, Mulan is something better than a princess. She did what she could to bring honor and freedom to her family and country. Not everyone has to be the princess.
Yeah, let’s show girls that not everyone has to be a princess by taking Mulan all of the merchandise!
Quick search of etymology of the word “princess” shows that the word began to fall into colloquial use to refer to girls (not just royalty) around 1924. It is of course a feminine version of the word “prince” which comes from Latin “princeps” which is a combination of the word primus (which means first) and capere (to take, as in the word capable). (the foremost of capable people?) In the 1900s it began to be used colloquially to mean an “admirable or generous person”
If the definition of princess is solely defined by a woman’s relationships to her father or husband, then sure, Mulan is not a “princess” and I’m sure that is yet another excellent message for Disney to convey to girls. Disney can then send the mixed message that “every girl can be a princess” (literally the name of an inane song on one of the Disney Princess CDs) while also communicating that it’s only if your dad or husband are royalty.
If the definition of a princess is expanded to include the actual history of the word then included in the concept are terms like being really good at something or being really capable or taking leadership, being admirable and generous, etc. Prin (first) ce (capable) ss (woman). Given all of China bows to Mulan and considers her their savior in the Disney version, surely she fits the definition more than other characters who were just born into or married into a “title.”
"Why do you have to be rude?"
Rude like rolling into a conversation about how characters of color are marginalized and reminding everyone that the characters of color weren’t really legitimate inclusions in the franchise anyway using patriarchal constructs?