I’m asexual, and my parents don’t accept the fact that I’m LGBTQ+. Merida really helped me discover my sexuality, because I always knew that I never want to marry or have kids and when Merida came and didn’t have a love interest, that was beautiful. Now I just hope that my parents will be like Merida’s and come to terms with how I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and how they should deal with it.
I watched Brave with my mom after she had dementia from a stroke. I thought it would be a good idea but I actually grew more sad since I felt like Merida who lost her mother (in a different sense with the bear curse).
When I first saw the trailers for “Brave” I thought, like most people, we would get a heroine who is able to fight like Mulan, but instead we barely get to see Merida fight and when she does, she almost gets eaten by a bear. Frankly, I was disappointed.
It annoys me that Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” gets called a selfish brat for having to make a deal with a witch to get what she wants when Merida from “Brave” did the same thing and no one complains about it. I think there seems to be a double standard since Ariel is a girly-girl while Merida is a tomboy. If you’re gonna complain about a character’s actions, at least keep them consistent.
When I first saw Brave I wasn’t really a fan, but revisiting it recently it brought me to tears. I’m a closeted lesbian and one of the only things I really felt comfortable doing to express my identity was cutting my hair. Every time my mom sees me now she feels the need to point out how my hair makes me “look like a boy” or things like that. Like Merida, I can’t be the feminine young woman she wants me to be. Not to mention Merida’s confidence to refuse a husband anyway is really aspirational.
I like Young Macintosh from Brave, but I know it’s mostly because of my headcanon about him being sweet on the inside despite his arrogant exterior. I know, it’s a selfish reason to like a character.
When I first saw the movie Brave, I was 11 and I knew that I had found my Disney princess. Just like me, Merida had a big mouth, was stubborn, and was a tomboy. I think the most meaningful part of the movie, however, was that just like
Merida and Queen Elinor, my mom and I butt heads a lot. But there’s still that undeniable love and an understanding can come when we listen to each other.
I always wonder why people complain on whether Elsa should have a love interest or not when Nani from Lilo and Stitch was single. Merida from Brave, who is a princess, was still single, or even Moana who also doesn’t have love interest. I don’t get it. I mean, I love Elsa and to me, personally, I want her have a love interest but since it’s reveal that she won’t, I was a little sad but I got over it. However I’m a little annoyed that I cant go to Elsa tag now without seeing people fighting over it.
I honestly thank Disney for characters like Esmeralda, Tiana, Merida, Kida, and Nala. These were all characters that really shaped my young womanhood. Unapologetically hard working, strong, real, and social justice oriented. I sometimes feel like an outcast because of how much I care about social justice issues and people. But these characters remind me to stay true to myself and be proud of my strong womanhood.
I can relate to Merida because my mum is always trying to turn me into a “proper” girl, even though I’m a tomboy. I can never be myself around her, I’m not like any girls I know, I get on better with boys and my mum can’t accept that. I’ve tried to talk to her but nothing works. Even though Merida isn’t my favorite princess, I understand how she feels in the movie.