Here is the Twitter thread in which I found this video. It’s a good explanation of why Cinderella, far from being weak and shallow (only interested in a dress and a man), is actually incredibly brave and a wonderful example of a strong woman who was her family’s scapegoat and eventually, through her own strong will and by remaining a good person, escaped from her abusive family and still retained her compassion and humanity.
Twitter thread by Lia (edited for clarity):
Cinderella gets a bad rep for being considered a weak Disney princess; a bad role model. But she’s literally one of the strongest! think about it. She was a victim of being abused by her stepfamily for years, yet still remained a kind and caring person throughout all the verbal and mental torture.
Cinderella overcame her situation in the 1950 Disney classic due to retribution for her kindness and optimism. She remained positive through it, truly believing one day she would have the opportunity to escape her family and make her life better for herself every chance she got.
“She waited for the prince to come and save her” is one argument used against her. But no, she didn’t wait for the prince to come save her. She wasn’t even looking for a man the entire film. She just wanted ONE night of fun to completely enjoy herself by going to this ball.
Let me remind you of this: when Cinderella went to the ball and danced with Prince Charming, she wasn’t aware of who he was and it wasn’t her intention to fall in love. She thought she was dancing with just some guy and didn’t discover he was the prince ‘til she got home.
My point of this thread in defense of Cinderella is many people hate on her because she didn’t physically fight back or run away. But look at the time period she lived in. Women weren’t considered as men’s equals and seen as nothing but the purpose of being a housewife (cook, clean, etc.)
If she had run away from her childhood home, where would she have gone? She would’ve been completely homeless with no money to her name. Even though she didn’t want to stay, she knew having a roof over head and at least being fed was needed to survive.
In conclusion, if you’re a parent or teacher, reconsider listing Cinderella in the “weak Disney Princess, bad role model for girls” group. Cinderella was a strong character who overcame being abused and dehumanized for years through her kindness, and found her own way by using the other slipper she had to escape.