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Everyone knows that Disney princess movies are usually at least a little sexist—Snow White is a brainless dope whose biggest joy is cleaning up after seven men—but now there's a new reason to be suspicious of these movies: even though in all of them, women have the lead role, in many of them men have way more lines of dialogue than women, a new study found.

Believe it or not, this trend didn't begin with movies like Snow White and Cinderella, with their decidedly retro gender politics; it began with The Little Mermaid, which was praised at the time for its spunky, rebellious heroine. In Little Mermaid, of course, Ariel literally gives up her voice in exchange for legs, but women speak even less in the five princess movies that came after the 1989 classic.

Movie

Dialogue spoken by women

Dialogue spoken by men

Snow White (1937)

50%

50%

Cinderella (1950)

60%

40%

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

71%

29%

The Little Mermaid (1989)

32%

68%

Beauty and The Beast (1991)

29%

71%

Aladdin (1992)

10%

90%

Pocahontas (1995)

24%

76%

Mulan (1998)

23%

77%

Princess and the Frog (2009)

24%

76%

Tangled (2010)

52%

48%

Brave (2012)

74%

26%

Frozen (2013)

41%

59%

This may be because most supporting characters are made male by default. “There's one isolated princess trying to get someone to marry her, but there are no women doing any other things,” one of the researchers said. “There are no women leading the townspeople to go against the Beast, no women bonding in the tavern together singing drinking songs, women giving each other directions, or women inventing things. Everybody who’s doing anything else, other than finding a husband in the movie, pretty much, is a male."

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Sources: The Washington Post