Why are most villains women? …This is interesting!
Because we look fabulous while doing it.
jafar, captain hook and hades all look like the sassy gay friends in the group
excuse me but are we going to ignore the fact that Maleficent and Ursula are giving each other bedroom eyes
FUN FACT: In many parts of the world women terrorists were considered to be extremely dangerous (it was considered standard to shoot the women on site). Not for being physically stronger, or faster, or even more intelligent, but for the simple fact that they contain a maternal instinct.
A woman’s maternal instinct is what drives her. It often leads them to feel compassion and purpose to a certain individual/group/cause. This is dangerous on two levels. A woman WITH a maternal instinct, who feels strongly about their cause may fight to the death to keep it alive, however it may also do the opposite and cause them to give in easier to help save the ones they work with.
In order to avoid any weakness, women were normally brutally trained so that the maternal instinct was “killed”. This made it so that they would no longer feel remorse, certain levels of fear, and other “troublesome” emotions. This made them cold, void of any empathy for the most part, and were normally just downright SCARY. These women were often used to do the jobs that even the men couldn’t/wouldn’t do.
So how do the Disney villains wrap into this? Growing up, we were all taught that women— thanks to our female caregivers— were a place of comfort and support. When we saw a movie with a male villain that frightened us, who would we run too? Exactly. Now take a female villain with no love, no remorse, no instinct to care, and here you have a villain who truly strikes fear into your childhood heart.
(Also take notice that the female villains in most of the movies were more ruthless than their male companions… Well played, Disney. Well played.)