August 24th, 2010


The crack-filled innards of my brain...

This was prompted by an incredible thread in which Kohl and Roxas tried to explain first homosexuality, then sex in general, to Giselle. It ended up with her figuring that she needed to go and get some books.

However, I do love crack. Therefore I would like to present to you...

Why Disney meant Giselle to be a lesbian

(Or at least not just heterosexual.)
  1. At no point does it ever say that a "true love's kiss" needs to be between a man and a woman. Even Giselle has spotted this one.
  2. "I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss, and a Prince I'm hoping comes with this." - Well, she was wrong about the Prince thing. So why shouldn't it be a Princess, and not a Prince?
  3. "For lips are the only things that touch." - I'm not going to say it. I'm just going to... leave this here.
  4. When Nathan climbs out of the manhole, he gets asked whether he's "looking for a beautiful girl too?" His reply: "No. I'm looking for a prince, actually." Yup, subtle, that one.
  5. It's Giselle that seems to work towards charming Nancy, with the flowers and doves. And in her song, "How does she know?", it's difficult to say which angle Giselle is singing from -- to a female or from one. On a similar note, Giselle says that a female statue is beautiful and compliments Mrs. Banks (from the divorcing couple).
  6. Apples. Yes, it's a Snow White reference, but they also have symbolic references. Cut horizontally, it's a star; cut vertically, it looks like female anatomy.
  7. "To the gay refrain of our happy working song~" - Yes, Disney means gay as happy, but there is a double-meaning now that Giselle has been transferred into the real world.
  8. "I guess a new experience would be worth trying." - Well, she says it herself.
  9. Giselle also looks like a budding feminist; she really takes a shine to the "Important Women of our Time" book. Although this doesn't automatically imply lesbianism, the two do often go together.

Also, Disney isn't actually as 'set' in its gender roles as people tend to assume. Mulan disguises herself as a man. 'Ariel' is actually a gender-neutral name, and with the fish-tail, who knows? Pinocchio is also on a major search to be a "real boy", suggesting some flexibility in ideas.

And then, well... it's Giselle who plays the 'prince' role at the end of the film. Of course, this might just be the fact that she can stick up for herself ;-), but it's worth remembering that the rules just aren't so strict anymore.

Is this is any way sensible? Oh lord, no.

Was it fun to string out? Oh yes.