3.8 The Little Mermaid: Fish Out of Water with Kali


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This is the third episode in a series on fairy tales and Disney Princesses. This week, my friend Kali and I are talking all about that fiery red-headed fish, The Little Mermaid! We discuss the tragedy of the original fairy tale, talk about the portrayal of disability, and gush over our icon: Ursula the sea witch.

Content warning: we discuss ableism and the harmful portrayal of disability from 22:05 to 26:25, and from 46:20 to 47:55.

As always, a full transcription of this episode is linked here on the blog, as well as a list of sources and links that I used in my research.

This month’s book club pick is Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao! It’s an East Asian fantasy reimagining of Snow White, and I’ll be discussing it on Monday the 31st of August.

Follow Kali on Instagram here: @kalishanthi

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