Is Pixar's New Film Anti-Feminist?

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At last! After nearly 20 years and over a dozen films, Pixar is releasing their first film featuring a female lead. It’s called “Brave,” it’s in theatres tomorrow, and it’s being lauded by many critics as a film that’s both “strong” and “feminist.”

But our own Movie Date co-host, Kristen Meinzer, disagrees…

I love Pixar movies, and I'm so glad they finally have a female protagonist, but why does she have to be a princess? Why couldn’t she be a robot or a superhero or car? Why do her biggest issues center around her mother and her marriage prospects? And why, most importantly, is she so passive? The movie is called Brave, but when it comes down to it, she never really is!

Peggy Orenstein has also seen the movie and she also has strong feelings about it. Peggy is the author of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture.”