The most recent of Disney’s animated feature to live action adaptations debuted on March 13 with Disney’s Cinderella 2015. The role of Cinderella, popularized in Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon” in 1697 but found in folklore across the world, frequently sparks conversation about gender roles.
Feminist critique often scorns the ideal woman as viewed through the Cinderella tale: she is often considered passive, a doormat, and a suffering individual lifted out of her circumstances not by her own skill or merit, but by a fairy godmother (magic) and a prince (a wealthy man). Others, however, have argued not to ignore the qualities emphasized in most versions of the tale, including this most recent one: kindness and hope. Read more