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Pretty Pretty Princess

Let’s Get Down To Business: To Look at Some Cute Sketches of Disney Women as Men



This post, a collection of Disney princess screencaps seamlessly edited to look like teenage men rather than teenage women has become quite popular on Tumblr this week, probably because of the site’s fascination with gender politics. Okay, it’s also a good deal because of Male!Esmerelda, I’m guessing. I mean look at that guy. Judging by some similar hairstyles, I’d guess that Miyuli was inspired by that post to create some full character sketches of folks like Ariel, Megara, and all four leads of Frozen as genderbent versions of themselves.

We’ve only got a few of Miyuli’s drawings here. You can find the rest in color, including Merida and Jasmine, at their Tumblr.

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  • http://thescienceofobsession.tumblr.com/ R.O.U.S.

    I need all of these to be A Thing. Stat.

  • Camille Monae

    As someone who is already attracted to androgynous looking people, this is too much for my brain to handle. Male Esmeralda and Pocahontas are my favorites.

  • Anonymous

    …I’ll be in my bunk.

  • http://anna.balasi.com/ AnnaB

    Megara’s still hot. And love Pocahontas.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous – all of them

  • Anonymous

    I see what you did there, TMS staff. Fantastic title.

  • Solveig Rørholt

    Don’t you just love how the drawing of Cinderella in his ball clothes cuts off before we get to see his plot shoes?

  • Anonymous

    ….oh my.

    I….um. Uh.

    ….I’ll be back, my brain appears to have short circuited.

  • Anonymous

    Please excuse me for a second.

  • locuas

    IF pocahontas was a guy, i think the story would have ended a lot sooner…

  • Anonymous

    Hey, why are you taking my yaoi-fanfic with you!?!

  • Anonymous

    LMAO!

  • Amanda LaPergola

    But I wanted to go be in MY bunk. Damnit, we all can’t be in our bunks at the same time; we’ll never get anything done.

  • Lucine

    Glass boots are hard to get!

  • Anonymous

    They’re also hard to get off. Or put on. Cinderella is doomed to stay with his evil step-father and brothers forever because the princess couldn’t find him, and probably has bloody legs.

    Wow, that was dark. Sorry.

  • Octochan

    Woof. I’m feeling the hellfire for Esmerelda, all right. Ariel looks kinda underaged for my tastes, though.

  • Anonymous

    So, the PPG cover was squicktacular, but masturbation jokes about teenage characters from children’s cartoons reimagined as male and posed with bedroom eyes and “come hither” looks are totally cool? Honestly, there are times when I really can’t fathom the rules of feminist-informed geekery.

  • literary_lottie

    Male Pocahontas is too hot to handle. Also: not pictured in this post, but the same artist has drawn a bunch of genderbent Jasmine and Aladdin, and it’s my favorite thing in the world. Someone make me a movie about a rebellious prince who sends all his royal suitors away and instead falls for a street-savvy female thief, stat.

  • Amanda Cox

    The blog you’ve linked to here actually isn’t the original artist! They belong to miyuli, who can be found here: http://miyuli.tumblr.com/.
    Please be sure you’re sourcing the proper artist. Tumblr can usually be a minefield as far as this issue is concerned, since ownership and origin can be lost in reblogs. I just thought you’d like to know so you can edit this post and give people the real source!

  • literary_lottie

    A) With the exception of male Ariel (whom others have already pointed out appears too young for comfort), none of the characters depicted read as pubescent. Are you seriously going to try to convince me that the male Pocahontas or Esmerelda appear underage?

    B) The PPG are much younger than any of the Disney princesses.

    C) Actually, yes, there is a difference between men objectifying little girls and women objectifying older teenaged males. I ain’t saying the latter is something to aspire to, but it’s incredibly disingenuous and displays a great ignorance of the issues surrounding sexual exploitation (and by extent, sexual abuse and assault) of minors to argue that the two are equivalent or very even similar in nature.

    If that last point seems like a double standard to you, I suggest you read this: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/11/11/what-im-saying-is-the-search-for-equality-is-pretty-messy/. It was written by a dude, so maybe you’ll actually take it seriously.

  • literary_lottie

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Elena

    bedroom eyes and “come hither” looks

    Those are already in the original and it seems you haven’t seen any piece of Disney Princesses merchandise like, ever.

    If you object to women enjoying come-hither looks on male characters that they actually find appealing, well, this applies.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand how I didn’t catch that! It’s been fixed. Eugh, doesn’t erase the gross feeling of unknowingly participating in credit theft, though. Miyuli has my apologies.

  • Anonymous

    A) No, the re-imagined Disney characters don’t look pubescent, but neither did the re-imagined PPGs. The core complaint with respect to the PPG cover was that the original PPGs were little kids, so re-imagining them as sexualized teenagers was twisted. Further color on this in B.

    B) Agreed, but almost all of the Disney princesses are underage. Snow White is supposedly 14 for crying out loud! I 100% agree that the age of the underlying character is relevant to the ick-factor of the re-imagining. I just don’t think sexualizing re-imagined images of Disney characters who are meant to be 14-17 years old is exactly problem-free, and the commentariat was unabashedly engaging in masturbation jokes about them while losing its shit about the re-imagined PPG cover. There’s a disconnect there that I don’t believe is justified.

    C) I read the article at the link you provided, but I was already familiar with everything he was arguing (and no, the gender of the author isn’t really relevant to me, though I suppose I’m inclined to give marginally more weight to the views of a female author on gender issues). In any event, I certainly agree that societal context matters, but it’s not a Get Out of Hypocrisy Free card. I think it gets overused to justify blatant double standards that are not, in fact, warranted by a difference in context. I don’t think the context was sufficiently different here to justify the double standard. In both cases, you had underage characters being re-imagined as sexualized young adults. The age of the underlying characters was the issue, not their gender, but I think the fact that the Disney characters were re-imagined as male blinded a lot of people to that.

    D) I consider TheMarySue to be a site for feminist-informed geekery. Hence the comment that there are times, such as this, when the rules of that feminist-informed geekery don’t seem to add up.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’ve seen that Short-Packed comic before, and it does a good job at communicating the perspective of many female comic fans. I don’t agree that the “big, impossibly-muscled” male image is exclusively a male power fantasy, though. In our society, that’s also coded as a sexually desirable male image. Many women may prefer other body types – just as many men may find female characters that don’t look like porn stars more attractive – but the cultural tropes are what they are.