Hans Christian Andersen

Mermaids aren’t real, and neither is race

Our current conceptualisation of race derives heavily from the last couple centuries of European imperialism.

OPINION / The Little Mermaid: Has Disney sanitised our expectations from fairytales?

Thanks to 2023's The Little Mermaid, Black and brown girls can finally see themselves as princesses in a film where the protagonist's skin colour is not as instrumental to the story as the princesses' heritage was in Aladdin, Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog.

October 11, 2022
October 11, 2022

Mermaids aren’t real, and neither is race

Our current conceptualisation of race derives heavily from the last couple centuries of European imperialism.

September 14, 2022
September 14, 2022

The Little Mermaid: Has Disney sanitised our expectations from fairytales?

Thanks to 2023's The Little Mermaid, Black and brown girls can finally see themselves as princesses in a film where the protagonist's skin colour is not as instrumental to the story as the princesses' heritage was in Aladdin, Mulan, and The Princess and the Frog.

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