A revised version of the picture by Jeff Brunner that's been floating around all over the net, correcting a few inaccuracies and giving a different opinion. You can find the original with a Google image search for 'Disney Princess criticism'.
Note: This picture and description are only addressing the points raised by the original picture, not any others that might be made.
Snow White: The original picture said her 'burgeoning sexuality is a threat to another woman'. This isn't really accurate. The Queen's pride in her own beauty seems to be for her own pleasure rather than to try and attract men or get some kind of social standing out of it. So Snow White's not a threat as such, except to her ego. No denying that physical beauty is what saves her in the end, because as the narrative says it's her beauty even in death that makes the dwarves unable to find it in themselves to bury her, which was her saving grace. If they had she would never have had her happy ending. However, while it is the asset most focused on, I wouldn't say that it's her only asset. She is also kind, hard working and humble.
Aurora: The original version was the most accurate of the six, except that Aurora's salvation was love, not sex. Why can so many adults not separate the two? They go together yes, but they are not the same thing. Philip's didn't save Aurora as a despeate bid to get laid, he did it because he loved her. The betrothal plotline is historically accurate for a story set in the 14th century, but unlike what would actually have happened Aurora and Philip married for love in the end, not simply because they were told to.
Jasmine: She wasn't just 'reluctant' to marry, as the original said, she outright refused and took steps to avoid it by leaving the palace and searching for her own life. She wasn't the only one who was enslaved by Jafar, her 'powerful father' was too, as well as the all powerful genie. Of all those enslaved though she was the only one who attempted to help Aladdin get to the lamp by distracting Jafar. I also don't get why the original picture said she was 'only saved by the wit of a street rat'. As though that's a particuarly pitiful way to be saved.
Ariel: Changing her appearance was so as to be able to be in the same geographical place as him, not to make herself more attractive. Becoming human was something she would loved to have done anyway. The original picture said that losing her voice was not a problem because she had nothing of value to say anyway, which is both inaccurate and unfair. Not having her voice prevents him from recognising her, so it is a very big problem. Being saved by a prince I have kept, because she is the last Disney heroine not to save the day in her own movie.
Belle: The original said she saved the prince's life with her only asset, her sexuality. Only asset? How about that she's intelligent, brave, selfless, patient, stands up for herself, able to see past appearances, proactive, adventurous... The Beast doesn't fall for her right away, despite being able to see that she is beautiful. It's her personality that he falls in love with.
Cinderella: Her friends save her, not the prince. He doesn't even come and look for her himself, the lazy sod.
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This drawing started off as just a random nudie sketch of Aphrodite, but I found myself deciding to draw in her attendants, the Erotes--the gods of the various aspects of love. ("Hula" brushes by Deyla. Heart pattern by NYCGraphix. All other patterns are my own.) Starting at the far right:
Hedylogos is the god of sweet-talk, flattery, and flirtation. Aphrodite found this talkative little guy in her rose garden, and took him in. His parents are unknown, but it's not an unsafe assumption to think that he's a long-lost son of Hermes--god of eloquence, as well as deception--and perhaps one of the Musoi--the goddesses of the arts.
Aphrodite, obviously, is the voluptuous goddess with the punny hairdo. She's the goddess of lust, passion, and beauty. She's married to Hephaestus--the eccentric genius, handicapable, craftsman god of fire--but she married him for the jewelry, and she isn't known for being faithful.
Hermaphroditos was the first-born child of Hermes and Aphrodite. Being both male and female, (s)he's the god of transgenderism, and anywhere else where the gender lines blur.
The little blond guy in the lower-left corner is Pothos, the god of longing. He's the son of Zephyros--gentle god of the West wind--and Iris--the messenger goddess of the rainbow. He's a mooneyed milksop.
Ganymedes is the only one here besides Aphrodite who's actually standing on the ground. His wings are fake; he only wears them to fit in with the other Erotes. Ganny was born as a mortal prince of Troy, but Zeus took a fancy to him, and carried him off to Olympus. In addition to his job as Olympus' barkeep, he works as one of the Erotes, as the god of homosexuality.
Hymenaios, in the red tux, is the god of the wedding ceremony. That is to say, the god of the wedding song. He also performs at birthdays. Son of Apollon--god of music--and Kalliope--goddess of epics.
The little guy in the pinstripes with the cigar is Eros, Aphrodite's firstborn son, by Ares--god of war. Eros is the instigator of lovey feelings, either by causing romantic desire, or its opposite. He's more famously known by his Latin name, Cupid. He's married to Psykhe, the goddess of the soul.
Anteros, in the upper left, is Eros' younger (full) brother. He's the god of reciprocated love, and the avenger of unrequited love.
Finally, Himeros, in the pink pinstriped suit, is the other younger brother of Eros and Anteros. He's the god of desire.
...So, you're upset with the quality of your love life? Blame these guys.
And all this is from my original comic of mythological hijinks, Dis: Life is Hell! Please read it!
This was a commission for *melysmile, and a "re-incarnation" of the original Beetlejuice Messenger bag I made:
After a few ideas I sketched out, she settled on this design, which I actually prefer more to the original. (Think it must be the stripes! )
Made with striped cotton and black poly cotton and lined with plum purple fabric, and 2 shrinky-dink dangles, this time with silver skulls on the end, adorn the bag. They're looped on a piece of purple ribbon, and can be removed and attached to something else if you wanted to. (By the use of lobster clasps)
There are also heat transfers on the front and reverse of the bag, as with all my other bags.
I am selling duplicates of this bag also, please note me for details.
I am clad all through in the colour of love.
My snout is long in celebration of Phallus.
I carry a collar like the fruits of heaven,
Symbolic wings for the sake of soaring romance.
In blindness, like all Loveís victims, I walk.
My tongue seeks sensual the path to tread,
When to Cupid, my masterís call,
I return his golden arrows.
I am Cupilion,
And in canine grace, Iíll make your heart bleed.