THINGS IT IS PERFECTLY OKAY TO BE
- non binary
THINGS IT IS NOT OKAY TO BE
- an asshole
- a goose
this post wasn’t even about social justice it was about my hatred of geese
If his was more than just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there’s no way we could prevent him.
Wanna watch this again.
Be the good girl you always have to be: Is Frozen’s Elsa the queer heroine we need, but not the one we deserve?
Another Disney film and another wave of reviews, reading, and critisisms are beginning to hit the internet. Amid discussions of Disney’s ongoing race problems, feminist-friendly trope subversions, and the eternal question of “why the hell is that Reindeer acting like a dog?” one question stands out to me: Is Queen Elsa, well, queer?
There certainly is a compelling case for it. On the obvious level, Elsa has no love interest in the piece (her sister, Anna, gets two!) Hans himself says that “no one was making progress” with Elsa in a romantic sense. Now, I’m not about to argue that any young woman about to take control of a country who isn’t interested in a boyfriend is a lesbian. Similar comments were made about Brave’s Merida, and honestly, that in itself isn’t enough for a decent queer reading.
But with Elsa there is more. So much more.
Effectively, her ice powers are a convenient LGBTQIAP+ metaphor (much in the same vein as the X-Men’s mutant powers.)
Elsa has been born with these powers (she’s literally born that way). They are an integral part of who she is as a person, but she is forced by her parents to keep that part of her hidden. If people know, they would reject her, she would be in danger, made into a pariah by her own people. So she is made a self-exile instead. Full of fear of experiencing the isolation and discrimination that LGBTQIAP+ people know so well, Elsa hides away from everyone, even her sister.
Watching Elsa struggle to keep up her mask or normalcy is heart breaking. She wears gloves all the time, constantly afraid to touch other people. Her father’s words- her mantra is- “Conceal, Don’t Feel.” Hide who you are. Don’t follow your heart. Don’t feel your feelings. “Be the good girl you always have to be.” She is, rather obviously and metaphorically, in the closet about her true inner self.
But on the day when she comes of age- her Coronation day, when she is finally a young woman and no longer a girl- her secret is revealed.
Elsa’s “Let It Go” is an epic ballad. Transitioning from a lament, to self-acceptance, all the way to self-celebration, Elsa literally strips away her confinements (hair pieces, crowns, gloves, cloaks, sleeves) and transforms into a sparkling, confidant woman. She says “That perfect girl is gone / Here I stand in the light of day /Let the storm rage on /The cold never bothered me anyway” To deny that it sounds like a bit of a coming out ballad for those of us who have gone through the same struggle is putting it mildly.
To read Elsa as a queer heroine, to read her struggle as a queer struggle, and to see the ending where Anna proves that she loves her sister no matter what and she is able to go back home as she truly is, adds such a level of depth to an already lovely film.
Now, let me be clear: a queer reading for Elsa is easy and, for me, compelling. She may very well be the queer icon that many of us NEED right now- high profile, sparkling, with a karaoke worthy ballad.
But ultimately, Elsa isn’t the queer icon we DESERVE. Her queerness is simply an interpretation, a reading built on metaphor and subtext. She is not canonly queer. she does not give visibility and representation to the LGBTQIAP+ community.
What we DESERVE is a queer heroine who’s queerness is more than subtext. I’m talking Girl meets girl, big sweeping love ballads, true love’s first kiss, all of it. And someday, we WILL get it. Elsa just isn’t that.
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y’all read too much into it… it’s not about homosexuality. this disney movie is a metaphor for depression and mental instability.
Your response is boring and predictable.
Yes- Elsa CAN function as a metaphor for mental illness. She can function as a metaphor for many things. My post was about one alternate possible interpretation for her character, and it is no less valid for other valid readings existing.
Elsa’s journey is a metaphor for someone with a lot of potential that has been repressed (by fear of of hurting others, of social stigma, or because of social conventions -note that her father tells her to conceal, but her mum has literally not a word in this (nor in the rest of the film). Her existence his not even acknowledged (the trolls great the royal couple by talking only to the king!)
As a metaphor for hidden potential, it can be interpreted in a lot of ways -but I think the main one is somewhat feminist. Being a good girl = don’t show your power // Your dad was wrong, don’t listen to older white men: shine through your power. (And later on: “but don’t isolate yourself to do it”)
As the first commenter said, we don’t have much to go on for the lgbt+ interpretation -not enough to make clear assumptions anyway. But as this is a out of the closet -well, castle- story, it obviously has lgbt+ connotations. So the lgbt+ interpretation can’t be discarded at all -but is probably just the side dish to the main course in that movie.
I did get that vibe. I like that it’s at least ambiguous and there isn’t anything to disprove it. It is really more a metaphor for mental “illnesses”, but obviously in our society those can often go hand-in-hand with being queer, and can often be CAUSED by that coupled with society (that’s how I feel, anyway).
I personally chose to read and relate to her as being queer. In fact, I listened to Let It Go A LOT before actually seeing the movie, and as I started to really read into the lyrics, I actually started crying because it felt like a coming out song to me, and it really hit pretty hard, as I related it to myself being transgender (though it also felt empowering/inspiring). So I think it’s more of an open interpretation for everybody, whether or not that was the intent.
do you ever listen to music and suddenly you’re like wow I want my life to be the way this song sounds I want to live in this song
life would be 99% better if the lord of the rings soundtrack played in the background
These will never not be funny
"Fast and CURIOUS”
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I spat out my coffee
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I just started seeing a new girl and I have to say I like her a lot and I probably will be with her for a very long time
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