WOMEN
11/17/2014 09:10 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2014

The Feminist Legacy Of The Little Mermaid's Divisive, 'Sexy' Ariel

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Which of the following wildly popular Hans Christian Andersen adaptations and animated Disney films is acclaimed for featuring a strong and independent female protagonist?

A. The Little Mermaid
B. Frozen

Given the omnipresent discussion surrounding Frozen's charmingly subversive tale of sisterhood—and Ariel's relatively newfound reputation as a bad example for young viewers—the latter seems like the more reasonable answer. But 25 years ago when The Little Mermaid first came out, Roger Ebert praised her as a “fully realized female character who thinks and acts independently, even rebelliously, instead of hanging around passively while the fates decide her destiny.”

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