The movie Frozen.
I watched bits of the beginning and most of the middle/ending today at the daycare when they put it on for the children. It was beautifully done. It’s difficult to process my reasons and analyze just why it strikes the wrong notes in this brain. But it left a bad taste. (I’ll just say: it IS bad.) Here’s my Christian, homeschooler-who-doesn’t-watch-movies synopsis of WHY it’s a bad movie redolent of feminism.
The overall picture left in the minds of watchers is that of powerful, flashy, controlling young women. That sounds awful and so misrepresentative considering the themes of good/evil and sacrificial love in the movie, but think about it.
Now to back up and explain myself a little. The whole male-female dynamic is messed up. It’s so barely visible on the surface, and there’s so many features where the roles are played ‘correctly’, in the movie, that it’s difficult to point out exactly what parts are wrong. But that is how truth has always been most effectually blotted out; by a cunning mixture of truth+lie… ‘as an angel of light’. That is why this movie is so appealing to the emotions.
When you walk away from the screen, what’s the image left projected in your memory? Anna’s triumph and Elsa’s ‘redemption’, and their ‘princess-hood’ fulfilled in their power over their regained kingdom of Arendelle, descriptive of females in the leader-hero role.
The power structure in the kingdom of Arendelle is woman’s. Now, I know that there have been kingdoms in history where a woman was the focal point, even the leader, and the country was good (like Elizabethan England) and many fairy tales (fairy tales are good!) with a lovely queen or princess as the heroine.
But this, this has all the POWER being women’s. (More on this below).
The governing, emotional, and decisive power of ‘what ought to be done’ at any moment is the women’s. All the men are their servants, even Kristoff and Hans in the one’s figure as ‘hero’ and the other’s as ‘fiancé-turned-villain’. Examples are numerous, such as when Kristoff and Anna are chased by wolves and he tells her to sit down in the sleigh and let him beat them off, and she says ‘no! I know how!’ and he says ‘to be honest, I don’t trust your judgement’ and she summarily flings him aside while he’s trying do his thing, to beat back the wolves with a burning blanket. What’s the lesson here? That the woman has ‘got this’ and has her ‘kick-ass’ vibe going strong, and didn’t need the man’s chivalrous movement to protect her.
Throughout, the men’s role is to rescue and protect (oddly enough) whenever the woman is unable to continue (think Kristoff accompanying Anna to Elsa’s palace or rescuing Anna from prison). This tugs on the heartstrings in the ‘gallant man’ role. The sister-to-sister pleading at the meeting of Anna and Elsa in the ice-palace, and Anna’s sacrifice for her sister in the blizzard, are beautiful and represent good/evil. But there and elsewhere throughout the movie, where pivotal scenes of power and the fate of the kingdom are in the balance, the women are the actors and the men are the bystanders, only temporarily needed where the women’s physical weakness inevitably overpowers them. In the judicial aspect, it is telling that the closing scene is of Kristoff going to speak (and maybe, wreak justice) in the traitor Hans and Anna puts Kristoff aside, to do it herself and knock Hans overboard.
Just imagine for one minute if the positions were completely reversed. People would be so upset. They would be calling the film ‘misogynistic’ and ‘chauvinist’. It would not be politically correct.
In the other examples I gave above, women’s leader roles were temporary and necessary for lack of a good man and the women (optimally) retain the traits that make womanhood beautiful; humility. (‘A gracious woman retaineth honor’). Dignity, calmness, meekness, restraint in word and manner, and a respect of men’s natural position and authority are what make women queenly and beautiful, whether in kingdom of nation or household.
These princesses are by contrast unrestrained, capricious, impetuous, loud and opinionated (especially in demeanor towards the men). They teach little girls that this is what ‘being a princess’ is like.
This doesn’t even touch the inappropriateness of a movie teaching young children’s minds about getting engaged and sing-along songs about falling in love. Idk exactly why, but it is different here (again) than in the old fairy tales. In the fairy tales, the prince-and-princess marriage is more like a happily-ever-after good ending. Frozen, on the other hand, focusses on actually ‘falling in love’ which is a grown-up thing. The scene where the little trolls are telling Anna and Kristoff that they should consider falling in love with each other, despite the fact that Anna is technically already engaged to someone else is a grown-up issue – not one that ever naturally touches, or should touch, children’s lives and innocent minds till they are older. Why do soap operas and romance novels have a bad effect on one’s mind? why should you not read them? The same reason why young children should not be watching th