I hate it when people victim blame Ariel. Yes, she made a dumb move by agreeing with the contact with Ursula, though at the time, Ariel was emotional and not thinking straight. Her father had just in a violently aggressive fit of rage destroyed all human treasures she was collecting, her main source of dreams and happiness. Ariel had a choice, take the risk and have a slight change of actual true love, or as Sebastian says it, stay in the ocean and be miserable forever.
“One of my best friends really can’t stand Ariel. She sees her as too selfish and impulsive, and doesn’t like how everything “magically” turns out in her favor. While I love Ariel to pieces, I can’t judge my friend too harshly because I kind of see Simba in the same way.”
I know it bothers a lot of people, but even as a feminist, one of the reasons why The Little Mermaid is so special to me is because Ariel loses her voice for part of it. I work a lot with kids with different levels of disability, including some who are nonverbal, and I grew up with a speech impediment myself. It means a lot to me to see a movie acknowledge how much of a struggle it can be to communicate non verbally, but also acknowledge that human connection is still possible.
“I’m fraysexual, which means I’m sexually attracted to people I barely know then lose the attraction as I grow more familiar with the person. I only recently discovered this, and I think my boyfriend dumped me because I didn’t have sex with him because I didn’t like it. I’m like Ariel if she loved the statue of Eric but then met him and slowly realized she wasn’t into him. I guess that’s why I feel comfortable watching Disney movies with hot guys, even animated ones. I’ll never lose the feeling.”