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First: Here is a link from an actual Muslim woman with her thoughts on how Muslim women are portrayed in America in general.link
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Second: Here is my personal break-down analysis based on knowledge of Arab/Muslim culture compared to the Disney Aladdin film.
The majority of Princess Jasmine's numerous flaws stem from the fact that she is completely inaccurate and offensive to her culture. From the clothes she wears to the way she speaks, Jasmine does not represent Arab or Muslim women at all but rather a disgraceful woman in their culture. Unfortunately, Jasmine is not a suitable role model for young girls.
1. Jasmine is dressed like a Harem girl instead of a princess. A princess is the daughter of the king who no man is allowed to touch without the king's approval. A harem girl is one of the king's many mistresses. No king would dress his daughter like his mistress. No father would want to see his daughter dressed in that way.
2. Jasmine is very impulsive to her detriment. She runs away from home which would never happen in reality as she knows she would've been raped and/or killed as a lone female running around, especially in that clothing.
3. Jasmine does not choose her words wisely and therefore gets herself into more trouble. (Example: She says "At least one good thing will come of me being Queen, I'll have the power to get rid of you!" to Jafar. Now, someone who wasn't trying to stop her from getting to be Queen has all of the incentive in the world to stop Jasmine. If Jasmine had kept her mouth shut, she could've just became Queen and actually got rid of Jafar instead of just talking about it.)
4. Jasmine doesn't have enough self worth/value. As she says in Aladdin, "I am not a prize to be won." So she's just some trash to be thrown out? She completely looks at herself the wrong way. She IS a prize to be won and she gets to choose who gets to win. Instead of just being given to someone, her preferences are actually playing a huge part. Most other princesses in the world and most other women in the middle east (Jasmine's culture) would not have had so many luxuries in choice of who to marry as Jasmine did.
In addition, when Jasmine first meets Aladdin when he saves her in the marketplace, she immediately goes HOME with him. He is a stranger and she has no idea what he will do to her. She also knows Aladdin is lying about what Abu says when Aladdin pretends Abu "thinks it's awful" that Jasmine "has to get married". In this moment, she goes to kiss Aladdin but the guards interrupt. No proper young lady would go back to a strange man's house and let him make his moves on you. If she had more self value, she wouldn't be offering her first kiss to a random street criminal that she doesn't even know if she should trust or not yet.
5. Jasmine is incredibly spoiled. Instead of recognizing how much better her life is than any other woman around her, Jasmine refuses to acknowledge her blessings and instead is very spoiled and selfish in her wants for more. Nothing would ever be good enough for Jasmine as her life is already better than everyone else around her yet she still complains. All her father wanted, was to know that his daughter would be taken care of by a good man before he died and she wouldn't even give these men the time of day. How is she supposed to know whether or not they are worthy or whether or not she could love them when she wont even really meet them or give them a chance? She'd be a much more pleasant and reasonable person if she at least gave them a chance but made no connection. The film makes it obvious that she doesn't even try to connect with them though.
6. Jasmine is absolutely a tease and not just for her clothing. Having watched the film, it is easy to say that her clothes are chosen for her rather than chosen by her. This doesn't change the fact that she is so unpleasant in her personality that the most likely reason for her provocative clothing is so as not to scare off every potential suitor. Besides her clothing though, Jasmine acts like a tease on her own accord. She teases Aladdin on the balcony before berating him. (Refer to #6.)
7. Jasmine is referred to as a "Shrew". A "shrew" is a person with violent temper and speech. This is not seen as becoming of a young woman. She should no better when to hold her tongue and when not to. She is also a prejudiced shrew, being awful to innocent people who don't deserve it. When Aladdin compliments Jasmine, telling her that he thinks she is beautiful, her response is to tease and then berate him. She says "Hmm... Yes. I'm rich too. The daughter of a sultan. A fine prize for any prince." to which Aladdin says "A prince like me." Hopeful that with his new status, he will finally be worthy of Jasmine's love and attention. He goes through a lot just to get to see her again and how does she respond? "A prince like you and EVERY other peacock I've met. Just, go jump off a balcony!
" What a shrew! This guy goes through all of this trouble just so he will be allowed to meet and talk to you and all you can say is for him to go kill himself? Over what? Being attracted to you?
8. Jasmine is incredibly spoiled. All her father wanted, was to know that his daughter would be taken care of by a good man and she wouldn't even give these men the time of day. How is she supposed to know whether or not they are worthy or whether or not she could love them when she wont even really meet them?
9. Jasmine is prejudiced. She doesn't even want to give Aladdin a chance just because now he is a prince even though he is the same guy? This proves that Jasmine is not a generous or kind person who takes people as they are but rather for what they represent. She didn't even care to know Aladdin as Ali because of what he represented not who he was as a person.
10. Jasmine is a hypocrite. In addition to her being rude to Ali just because he was a prince, she was still rude when she realized he was Aladdin the whole time. When she tricked Ali into admitting that he was Aladdin, she got very upset and started yelling at him. She yelled at him because he lied about who he was even though she started the lying in the first place when she lied about being a princess. How could she get mad at Aladdin for pretending to be something he's not when she did the exact same thing? Somehow it's right when she does it but wrong for anyone else? Exact definition of a hypocrite. Both Aladdin and Jasmine felt trapped by their positions in society and they both lied about who they were to discover another world they felt denied of. She had no leg to stand on whatsoever for getting mad at Aladdin.
Personally, this is all a shame to me because they pretended Jasmine was an Arab princess but then they designed everything about her to be American or an Arab harlot. This is not representative of her culture or of a princess. [I personally would have loved to see her more true to character as I think Muslim/Arab women have a very unique grace and bravery that could have been shown.]
I believe the reason that Jasmine gets negatively portrayed in lots of "fan fiction" is because she is so much in conflict with her own culture and princess culture. It is hard for grown adults to take Jasmine seriously as a role model for young girls when she is portrayed this way.
More Accurate Portrayal of an Arabian Princess
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Had Jasmine been portrayed more accurately, she would've been far more like Cinderella, Ariel or Belle. She would've been braver, kinder and more modest. She would've had more grace and poise the way a princess should. The most accurate Jasmine was portrayed in Aladdin was in her purple royal engagement announcement dress. That is the Jasmine who should be sold to the little girls. Not the spoiled, impulsive, shrew-like tease version of her.
NOTE: Aladdin IS taken from "1001 Nights" or "Arabian Nights". Princess Jasmine is based on Princess Badroulbadour who is Chinese (not Arab) and described as being somewhat spoiled and vain.
Since some of the comments have taken a life of their own, I wanted to post some here that deserve not to be lost in that sea. If anyone is uncomfortable with my reposting their comment here, please let me know and I will remove it.
Princess Badroulbadour who Jasmine is based on.
Polite Agreements & Disagreements
A Real Muslim Girl's Opinion (Whose Culture Jasmine is Supposed to Represent)