Can you believe that Mulan hit our screens way back in 1998? And ever since Disney introduced us the feisty Fa Mulan, who would stop at nothing to protect her beloved family against the ruthless huns, we have bowed to the empowering message of the story.
Because for once, here was a Disney leading lady who didn't dream of a happily-ever-after with a handsome prince, but one who was determined to fight for change, even if it meant disguising herself as a man to risk her life for her loved ones.
And recently, trawling through Reddit, a wonderful little fan theory popped out at me that had a little to do with this. So I thought I would dissect it with you guys.
'A Girl Worth Fighting For'
If you're like me and know the words to every single song in the movie, you'll remember that the sequence for 'A Girl Worth Fighting For' is all about Mulan's male pals yearning for a domesticated feminine woman. Remind yourselves of how it goes:
As you can see, they want a woman who is pretty, who can cook and bow to their every need. A vision of womanhood that Mulan isn't well integrated into. Throughout the song, she remains rather uncertain about what she thinks of it all. Does she also have a girl worth fighting for? The musical number ends without giving her a chance to say.