This piece envisions what Beauty and the Beast would have been like had Belle been empowered by feminism. It breaks the expectation of docility imposed upon women, and the trope of complacency seen in some Disney princesses. Belle takes violent action to change her situation, rather than being complacent.
Madeleine Jenness (she/her/hers)
University of Washington Bothell, second year
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies major