Monday, August 23, 2010
Diana is the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and the protector of virgins. Originally just a goddess of the hunt, she morphed into a goddess with more responsibilities, and one of them, vowing to never marry. She's a powerful symbol with a hint of "I don't need a man" in her qualifiers.
Diana always seemed like an odd kind of goddess from the 21st century standpoint, where hunting is socionormatively a "man's job." But here she is, goddess of the hunt, and also, no, you can't marry her, so none of that "this character is totally independent until she gets married."
The reason you don't see any Disney Princesses on this blog is because of their tendency to be dimensional until they throw away any prior motivations/talents/aspirations/interesting traits to lay down and be a wife and princess. I'm not the first to complain about it, so I'll spare you the essay, but Diana seemed to transcend all of that. She likes to hunt and hang out around the moon, and no, she's not giving it up for anything. A pretty amazing "independent woman" role model. Too bad she doesn't have her own animated movie.
...don't get me wrong, though. I like men too.