Ah, Ariel. I love many things about your movie, particularly the music. But as a character, you made such poor choices. Giving up your voice to get a man? That set a really poor example for girls. In a society that positions girls as weak, and often suggests their voices don’t count as much as male voices, girls need to see female characters they love who raise their voices. They need to be inspired to speak out.
For that reason, I find it odd that Disney is now describing The Little Mermaid as a classic that “gave voice to a whole generation”:
Did the film give a whole generation princess fever? Sure?
But did it give a whole generation a VOICE? No way.
I think it’s a really strange choice of words. Readers: What’s your take on this one?