According to Hayley Krischer of Femamom, we should all be talking about the supposed rape scene presented in the newest Disney flick called Maleficent. I haven’t seen the movie yet myself, but apparently the supposed metaphorical rape scene involves the main character, Maleficent, waking up in the dirt with her body aching after finding that her wings have been cut off by a man she knew and loved. Hayley then goes on to tell us of how “rape has so permeated our culture that it ended up in a Disney movie.”
Here is my problem, and the one she later briefly mentions before continuing on her tirade that any scene involving a woman being at her most vulnerable point has to be rape. If anyone has ever read the original tale of Sleeping Beauty, it is indeed a story of rape and betrayal. In the original tale, Sleeping Beauty is actually awakened by the children she bore after being raped multiple times by her prince charming.
So in reality, what does that say about our culture? That we airbrush the origins of a fairytale just to make it palatable to today’s youth. Which is another problem since fairytales were written for adults with adult themes such as rape, arranged marriage, and imprisonment.
The other thing is, almost every fairytale’s hero(ine) is in some shape or form the bad guy. The boogey man that you would want to watch out for as a child, lest they make you dance in fiery red, hot shoes til you fall down dead (Snow White). Or demand that you let them share your bed at night, even though they are a stranger (The Frog Prince).
Real fairytales show that everything is not always as it seems. That sometimes the people you trust are the ones who will screw you over the most. Or that prince charming may not be so charming in the least bit. Disney, not so much. Which is another reason why I am happy that as a child my mother gifted me The Yellow Book of Fairytales. It really was an eye opener after growing up watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid as a child.
However, I would like to know what everyone else thinks. Do you think Maleficent went too far with its nod to its darker roots? Let me know below.