"I used to love Mulan when I was younger. Now that I’m older all I can think about is how the only reason she was able to accomplish anything was because she dressed as a man. I don’t really think that makes her a good role model, when there are so many women in history who accomplished equally as impressive things, just as women"
Mulan had to dress as a man because her father had about a 99% chance of dying if he went to war, and she would literally be killed if it was discovered that she, a woman, had taken his place.
The clothes Mulan war did not give her some sort of man superpowers. They just kept her from being found out and executed. If you look at the movie again, I think you’ll find that three of Mulan’s biggest victories (retrieving the arrow, creating the avalanche and defeating Shan Yu) were made possible by her intelligence and ability to think outside of the box. These were not traits that came with “being a man,” but ones she had all along.
And in the end, even though she’d been found out, everyone respected her because she kicked ass and saved all of China using her own abilities. I don’t see how the message of “do what you know is right even when no one thinks you can” is setting a bad example just because she wore a disguise. This literally makes no sense.