Aurora or Maleficent?
Along with a lot of other fairy tale mayhem on TV and the big screen, Disney is soon to bring out Maleficent — a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty really had me transfixed when I was a tot. I thought Snow White was an idiot, and to me, Cinderella seemed a little too happy with her rats, poverty, and rags. Even though I worship at the alter of Ariel, the Little Mermaid, it was Sleeping Beauty’s name–Aurora–that I thought by far the most beautiful. I strangely identified with her. She just seemed very grounded.
Elle Fanning will be playing Aurora. Okay. Sure. But…I have this thing about Elle Fanning. She’s just so cute, I kind of want to squeeze her to death. Literally. It’s a compulsive feeling. Dakota totally doesn’t have it. What’s up with that? Scientists have said that yes, we’re hard wired to respond to adorable cuteness with aggression –
Well, I think it’s because I don’t perseverate on the wickedness as much as I relish the power vibe. Is there anything so hot as a woman who’s powerful? I mean unashamedly powerful. And smart.
Also, at this point I equate witch-y women in movies with knowledge. As if witchery was the woman’s ph.D of the dark ages. ;>
So Maleficent has my subversive fandom heart, even if she’s bad to the bone.
It’s interesting to look at Angelina as a powerful woman in real life. What makes her supremacy so manifest?
Not just movies (in fact, hardly movies at all) but perhaps her international good works? (Could you say she has two careers?)
She snagged a powerful guy who seems pretty into her. Not just a guy, of course, but the guy most other women want.
–Lots o’ children. Which is a kind of strength–a show of massive fecundity and motherhood prowess.
Yes, that’s what I am most intrigued by: she’s obviously a good person – she does good works, she adopted children, etc. but she’s not worried about being perceived as a good woman. In fact, she relishes playing the bad girl. That hits the bullseye for me!
I once got the chance to do some pure research as a romance writer. I asked a roomful of men
Q: What makes a guy masculine?
A: What makes a guy masculine is his supreme confidence in being the way he is.
I like that answer.
For me what makes a woman provocative and interesting is that however she is – she’s okay with it.
She doesn’t go through all the worry and self-monitoring that a lot of women endure. Am I nice enough? Am I good enough? Is my home clean enough? Are my children/pets smart and well behaved enough? Etc.
It’s very real to worry about these things—and yeah, you don’t want the toddler getting sick from eating something she found on the floor–but I look to models of women who let that kind of thing go and embrace a sort of ‘it is what it is’ kind of attitude. Women who don’t worry about the judgements of others.
If you’re confident about yourself—if you feel positive about your situation in life –and relish your personal super-powers—now that’s sexy. Just try to use your beauty for good not evil.
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