The truth is that we can always learn something new, even with subjects we’re pretty knowledgable about. For me, this lies squarely in my research on abusive relationships. But I learned a lot from watching this video. And I’ll be one of the first to say that I genuinely love Beauty and the Beast, but Pop Culture Detective makes some seriously astute points.
The fact of the matter is that we can’t take this idea that we can “change” a person at face value. The truth is that there’s a lot more at play there. And honestly, most of these stories were written by men. So, it’s not altogether surprising that male violence would be justified in this way. Not to mention that a lot of behavior perpetuated by men for generations was super problematic and many people are only just recognizing it now.
My mind is still blown over how rapey Han Solo’s character actually is.
But the fact of the matter is that there’s only so much one can show in a film. And while I do still appreciate Beauty and the Beast, I have to admit that the notion that a woman can change a man’s violent and disturbing behavior is one we really need to get away from.
And I love his point about Stockholm Syndrome. It always bugged me when this term was used, and I really think he hit the nail on the head in explaining why.
So, watch the video — let me know what you think? I genuinely felt that I learned a lot from it.