Over the years we have enjoyed every Disney movie, they have helped shaped our childhood and somewhat part of our expectations in our present-day reality. This is great but allow me to just annoy you a bit regarding consent, I found this article about consent.
Case Study: Prince Charming Vs Snow White
The image above is from the iconic scene in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This scene shows the prince kissing the sleeping princess to break the spell casted upon the jealous stepmom, Queen Grimhilde.
Very Cute, right?
It depicts how society thought about consent. The controversy here is that Snow White is one of Disney’s most popular iconic princess movies and the narrative about consent is not addressed. When examined, this is a scene of sexual assault and Disney is not talking about it.
This Disney scene encourages and normalizes to young boys and girls that it is romantic to kiss someone without their consent, especially if they are sleeping. Just because prince charming saves Snow White from her inevitable death, it doesn’t mean that it was ever okay.
Consent is an ongoing agreement between two people. If one of those people have decided to verbally break the agreement, had too much drink, is sleeping, or were cursed with the sleeping spell by Queen Grimhilde, you may not proceed with kissing, touching, or any sexual activity.
How would you feel, and what would you do, if you woke up in your dorm one night and a stranger, friend, or pixelated prince charming was on top of you trying to kiss you as you were asleep? Not only is it creepy, it’s illegal.
Although Disney can sell a romantic storyline, it is a fantasy and not always a reality of today’s values and morals. If you’re unsure about consent, always ask!
Culled from: Carleton University
Let’s be real here, do you agree or NOT?