Guest Post by Megan Liema
With Disney's Beauty and the Beast hitting the cinemas soon, there's been a lot of talk about the feminist 'implications' of the film. A lot of this has centered on the character of Belle, played by Emma Watson. But the idea that Belle's relationship with the Beast is unhealthy is also being discussed a lot. Some people say that the relationship looks abusive, and some even say that Belle must have developed 'Stockholm Syndrome'. As a result, a few people have even said that, as feminists, we should boycott the movie.
My response? Relax people! It's just a story. 'Tale as old as time', really. It doesn't mean anything in particular, and doesn't need to be overanalysed. Just relax and enjoy the movie!
Being a feminist means supporting and fighting for equality. But we only need to fight the real fights in life, which is surely not every moment of life. Sometimes, we can just accept things as they are, too. There's nothing un-feminist about this.