Princesses Kicking AssPosted: January 4, 2012
Here are two things I love:
1. Women who look like they can kick some serious ass.
Even better is women who really can kick serious ass, but since I don’t see people fighting that often, I usually have to go by looks. When I see a woman who looks like she can for real mess you up, I get a weird combination of excited and jealous, and sometimes, if I can, I work out right away in an attempt to become as tough as the woman I just saw.
2. Reimaginings of popular stories.
I don’t know why, but I thoroughly enjoy reading or watching a new version of a familiar story with has one or two key elements changed, either by just being blatantly rewritten or by being told from a new perspective, so that the original message of the story is completely subverted. I loved The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I really liked Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and I bet I’d like Wicked if I read it. I thoroughly enjoyed Was by Geoff Ryman. I had a hard time getting into Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea when I read it in grade 12 English, but I like the story a lot. Good reimaginings like those ones make me tilt my head to one side and say, “Huh,” and I always appreciate when a story does that.
So imagine my delight when I found my new favourite thing on the internet today. These pictures make me want to get outside and kick some ass while someone reads me new, tough, kick-ass versions of old Disney classics. I think my favourites are this one,
and this one
It appears that I’m not a fan of flowy skirts in battle.
The artist actually created functional fighting clothes while still staying true to the characters’ original attire. We can’t see all of their feet, but I would guess that none of them has on stiletto shoes. Well, maybe Rapunzel or Aurora, but probably not. Even the flowy skirts look like they wouldn’t cause any problems. They might not provide the best crotch-cover in a fight, but I don’t think these fighters care much about showing their panties.
Snow White is probably my absolute favourite, because,
1. look at the size of her shoulders,
and 2. they’ve taken the ridiculous collar from her dress, and turned it into a hood! I really love hoodies.
And these women actually look like they can seriously fight, and fight hard. Like if you punched them, your knuckles might break, and if they punched you, your entire body would probably break. They all have breasts, because a lot of women have those, but their tops look like they would successfully keep their boobs out of their way without squishing them uncomfortably. I don’t see a whole lot of body diversity, unfortunately. That’s disappointing because when you depict tough as only being thin and able-bodied, you perpetuate harmful and false ideas about body shape and health. It would be nice if some of these women were stockier or fatter or had visible disabilities, but still looked just as tough. Tough women depicted with actual muscle on their bodies, however, is still not that common, so at the moment I’ll just enjoy seeing that, and imagine all the cool, kick-ass things these reimagined Disney characters are doing.