“Merida’s sexuality is a non-issue in the film, and the fact that this topic is even worth mentioning is because women are constantly sexualized.”
— Autostraddle, “Brave’s Unconventional Heroine: What Doesn’t Queer You Makes You Stronger” [x] (via mswyrr)
Perfect quote is perfect. Brave is one of those rare movies that focuses on a woman but not her sexuality. It’s fine to think of Merida as gay, bi, ace, etc. (and wouldn’t it be cool if she were?) but that’s not important. For once, who she is interested in is not the most important aspect of her life.
(Note: Minor spoilers ahead.)
I didn’t hear about the debate over Merida’s sexuality until after I’d seen the movie and was asked by a friend the question that begins with those fateful words, “Did you hear…”
No, I hadn’t heard!
And as a gay person myself, I thought that it was ridiculous then and I feel especially validated now after reading the above quote and accompanying remarks. When my friend asked me the question, my response was a singular chortle in which I had altogether expressed my contempt, amusement and all my wondering about why being a strong and independent young woman — remember, Merida was still a teenager, and a lot of that strength and independence was also the youthful misplacement of wisdom for which she still needed to earn and learn from experience, and particularly from her mother — who was interested in neither being married nor a princess (but, as she demonstrated in the movie, still had the capacity to be an effective and inspiring leader) had to mean that she was gay.
Enough already. What Merida was, is the movie’s title.