A Random Viking Fact I Found Out
When a viking mistreats his lady, she may cut off his junk and hang it in her home.
- Women were in charge of the household’s money because they were believed to be magic and have the ability to see into the future.
- If a woman divorced her viking husband, he would be shamed for being divorced.
- Men weren’t even allowed to touch a woman’s hand if she had not agreed to it or he would be punished by law.
Young women go through most of their lives being told to conceal and be ashamed of that which makes them who they are, while also being given the mixed message that, at some point, we should embrace these defining characteristics and be proud of them — to an extent that is determined by some vague, but widely agreed upon, objective standard. Basically, we’re damned either way. ‘Frozen’ speaks to young girls who are already experiencing the beginnings of this double standard — be yourself, but not too yourself. Be a girl, but don’t, you know, cry about it.
But ‘Frozen’ offers an alternative: just be yourself, okay? The princesses in this film are unlike any Disney has offered before, and we’ve seen hints in the evolutionary steps they’ve taken with ‘The Frog Princess’ and ‘Tangled,’ but ‘Frozen’ feels like the final step. Anna and Elsa are just so real and relatable. Anna is clumsy and awkward and says everything that is on her mind, especially when it’s wildly inappropriate, but she’s also proactive and takes big risks, and she rescues guys from danger by setting things on fire and throwing them at wolves. She’s impetuous and the film acknowledges it as both a flaw and a strength because it can be both — because women can be two things at once, because we are complex and not singular. Elsa is stubborn and learns to embrace her power, and even though the film has the opportunity to turn her into a villain, it doesn’t — because again, women are more complex than that. Instead, the bad guys are actually guys — guys who want to take Elsa and Anna’s throne for themselves because they’re men who feel entitled to it.
Of the many things ‘Frozen’ gets right (and there are so many that typing them out makes me appreciate it even more), it’s the idea of “true love” that conquers all. At the end of the day, it’s not a prince or a man who saves these women — it’s themselves.— (x)