Disney movies tend to take on a whole new meaning once you watch them as an adult. As a kid I saw the movie Snow White and it contained no further meaning than the one that was evidently there, which was a story about a girl who comes across seven dwarfs and goes to live with them and take care of them. Then when a wicked witch comes and offers her a poisoned apple, she eats it because she is the fairest in the land and doesn’t believe that anyone could harm her. Her fairness simply doesn’t allow her to believe in evil. She briefly dies and then she is then awakened by the passionate kiss of the beautiful prince and they live happily ever after.
However once you see this movie through the eyes of an adult, you realize the absurdity of its content and how it portrays women. In the movie snow white is 13 years old, which under any concept is an inappropriate age to get married to the prince. Then the fact that the names of the dwarfs are very similar to the side effects of cocaine is something to wonder about. And last but not least the roles that every single one of the characters interprets in the movie and book exemplify the views society has about women and domesticity.
This is what happened to me when I went to see the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Yes its a brilliant movie, and quite a sight for sore eyes since the characters cast in the movie are not only gorgeous but dressed in probably the most beautiful costumes I have seen in a long time. But it made me realize that the whole battle against Snow White was because of something as shallow as her beauty and not because she possessed any other relevant trait. Now is this really the message we want to send little girls around the world?