What Pocahontas Taught Me About Being A Woman

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Pocahontas is an essential leading lady of Disney, who graced in a era of Disney princesses that came to be during the 1990’s feminist era. She was one of many princesses who graced my VHS player as a small child and taught me about being a woman.

Women help each other

Nakoma, who is Pocahontas’s’ best friend, is often found helping Pocahontas do multiple things in the film, including speaking to John Smith after his capture. She also provides a level head and tries to reason with her, but in the end chooses to always support her friend, which is what all women should do for one another.

Listen to the people that came before you

Grandmother Willow is the elder figure, who carries much wisdom from her years of life. She teaches Pocahontas lessons that we can also learn from our own elders, and we shouldn’t ignore that knowledge because it won’t be available from them forever.

Do not be afraid of what’s different

Pocahontas is clearly an adventurous person, who observes and takes risks and is not afraid to interact with what is new. She also teaches John Smith to look at the world differently, which is also an important reason. Society teaches that women should be careful, suspect, and afraid, when we should really be taking risks and not fearing the world.

Define your own path

There are two paths for everyone, the smoothest course which is following what others want, and taking the path that is less calm and steady, but more worthwhile in the end. We should, like Pocahontas, take the second path in our life and reclaim our purpose to what we want to do and be.

Do what you believe is right

Pocahontas strongly believed that starting a war and killing John Smith was not the right thing to do, so she literally threw herself into the situation to do what she thought was the right thing. There are many injustices in the world, especially against women, and we should fight for what we believe in, because if we don’t, know one will.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebekah says:

    Now I want to watch Pocahontas! This is such a fun blog post idea!

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  2. The Lone Star Blogger says:

    Aside from being Historically Inaccurate, this movie was decent. It had a good message(s) as you’ve illustrated but I often felt that Disney still made her, as a woman, stereotypical in a sense as they do with every female lead. For the time period though (I think 1994) it was a step in the right direction. Mulan, Brave, (and I hate to say it) Frozen we’re also in the same boat. I noticed more and more “freedoms” were granted to these “Princesses” and that was refreshing. But Pocahontas helped paved the way!

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  3. This was an absolute fave of mine as a little girl! I rewatched it recently as an adult and am still in love with it! There is so much for young girls to learn from it. You made some excellent points! Especially when it comes to defining your own path.

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  4. I love this especially since Disney comes under such scrutiny for portrayal of women. Nice job!

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  5. Sahar says:

    As mentioned by The Lone Star Blogger, there are a lot of inaccuracies but as you underlined so well in your post, there are also a lot of lessons in this movie, and the depiction of Pocahontas remains, despite the inaccuracies, a step in the right direction. I also think that the way you watch a movie is so important, and you clearly watch them in a good way!

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  6. LisaLDN says:

    This is so exciting, Pocahontas is my favourite Disney Princess!! 😀

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  7. Rhonda says:

    Anyone can find the faults in a story, but finding the good, true, lasting insights that are useful in a story to us as women is a gift. This blogger has the wisdom to draw the best from any story. Way to go.

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