Feminist Disney
Hi! I discovered your great blog, congratulation and thank you. Disney should really sponsor you! (and I'm serious...) I see you did raise this issue already but very briefly, I believe it is worth looking into it, so perhaps you have seen this remarquable article "where are all the big-nosed disney princesses?" (first add www) .eatthedamncake. (here add com) /2011/09/12/where-are-all-the-big-nosed-disney-princesses/

they should give me a call ;)

Well this particular blog is 3ish years old, and it has come up many times in that overall period, but definitely I would recommend people giving this article you pointed out a look. 

this should (I hope) link to previous submissions and thoughts about noses and Disney etc. I don’t mean to curtail more commentary but I haven’t been on much lately so rather than get repeats I would recommend looking at what people had to say (this is to everyone not this particular asker, if this topic interests you!) There’s a few pages there.

Noses are an interesting topic because really, they sort of pinpoint a few converging issues. There’s race, in that the supposed “ideal nose” is, of course, quite straight but small and not flat, and not bumpy — all common (though not 100% universal, of course) traits among other races. But perceived white features tend to be prioritized, and so that’s what we see the most often whether it’s on magazine covers or animated characters.

The linkage to big/curved/etc noses and evil characters is always interesting to explore and how this links to above — it’s effectively “othering” racial features without being explicitly about race

There’s also the age thing and the perception of idealized femininity as something youthful, petite, and women are pushed to be more girlish and always seek “youth” — not to say small noses mean you aren’t old, but they’re certainly more common among young girls than among older women

Hey, just wondering if you consider yourselves liberal feminists or radical feminists? I've been getting down over confusion of the two recently :(

I’m not sure about the “yourselves,” since I’m a singular person, but I wouldn’t say I really identify as either per se, if we’re insisting on a label and choosing between the two, other people might choose “liberal feminist” for me

I have had issues with rad-fem philosophy or w/e in the past, if you look through “has this been asked before?” I think this question has honestly been asked before, and has info about the differences between the perspectives (which is sometimes vague, because I think in a lot of cases “lib fem” is labeled on people rather than a label they choose themselves?)

not really worth getting into it again when it’s all there…

feministdisney:

Disney Anti-Rape

some dude posting on Twitter that he “doesn’t take feminism seriously” because of things like my banner (just click on my main page to see it)

Here’s the thing. It’s meant to be funny, not a super serious critique of the movie, which I think is fairly obvious.

But people don’t like it because it’s a joke not at the expense of a victim.

If it was the other way around — if it was a joke about roofies or something and about how that’s “funny”? — this guy would probably just LOL all over it and accuse anyone who said "hey wait a minute" of being over-sensitive feminists or w/e. That is the way jokes about consent normally go. 

it’s only displeasing you now because it’s a joke not coming at the expense of the victim. It says nothing about feminism if you don’t like it, and says everything about how you choose to interpret conversations about consent

Are your choices really your own, or the result of successful marketing and corporate manipulation?

feministdisney:

I don’t often after for favors, BUT. Had to work on this for my job as part of a project — the people who get the most views etc. “win” or whatever. 

It may have some crossover appeal here. If you think it might be interesting, I’d appreciate it if you took a look, and would super appreciate if you share it on Facebook. No pressure though. ;)

Anyway, it’s basically about the basics of consumer psychology and how companies use data they have on preference to manipulate what people buy and so forth! You can check it out here. Thanks!! 

Fun fact from it: “Studies have shown that if slow music is playing, customers will stay 13.56 minutes longer, and spend 11% more on food.”

(also yeah some of the wording is a little awkward because I had to incorporate specific terms about psychology haha.)

I always doubt myself. Im afraid that I will fail in life. I am fucking scared I wont get accepted to my dream school. Im afraid that as an "aspiring feminist" I won't ever make a difference because I am nobody and who would listen to me anyway?

well, that is a lot of seriousness to answer with Disney.

I think it’s true that you might always doubt yourself a little, but in my experience, this is not a bad thing? One of my painting professors once told us that that was what makes artists who they are, why they keep creating piece after piece: they’re always chasing a perfection they haven’t achieved yet.

I mean, basically what I’m saying is, while it’s possible you one day get to a place where you have 100% faith in yourself, it’s also okay to just accept that you will doubt, because worrying about future doubt is a roadblock in itself. But actually it can help you push yourself in a way.

Anyway, this is reminding me of Toy Story. Woody has a lot of fears that seem to parallel yours. He’s afraid of being abandoned by Andy; he’s afraid of being replaced by Buzz (both as far as Andy, and the other toys are concerned). He worries that he’s going to stop have meaning as a toy.

Woody: This is a perfect time to panic! I’m lost, Andy is gone, they’re gonna move to their new house in two days, and it’s all your fault!

Buzz: My… My fault? If you hadn’t pushed me out of the window in the first place…

Woody: Oh, yeah? Well, if *you* hadn’t shown up with your stupid little cardboard spaceship and taken away everything that was important to me…

Buzz: Don’t talk to me about importance! Because of you, the future of this entire universe is in jeopardy!

In the movie, though, Woody’s fears are his own undoing. Andy has no plans to abandon him but Woody’s fears almost separate him from Andy and all his friends forever. If he had just shook off those fears and looked at what he had — the other toys trusted him as a leader, looked up to him, and Andy loved him — he perhaps wouldn’t have made the mistakes he did. And that’s basically what eventually happened — he’s able to save them and get back because he stops thinking about what he’s not doing and thinks forward to what they can do to escape Sid etc.

But it’s also worth noting that even when Woody failed — and he failed pretty bad at being a good sheriff for the new toy, and at being a good friend, etc — he was still able to bounce back. It wasn’t the end of everything. I would recommend not being so hard about yourself when it comes to “failing.” What does failing “in life” even mean??

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Your dream school might not accept you, but that doesn’t mean you failed at life. Or even at school. My “dream school” at the time (UF) wait listed, then rejected me. I went to SUNY Geneseo instead feeling pretty “meh” about it… and it was the perfect school for me in the end. If you went back in time and offered me a million dollars not to go, I would say “go spend it on a worthy charity instead, my friend!” I worried about the feminism thing too, and who can really quantify “making a difference?” But so long as you live out the truth you know in your actions and words, and volunteer your time to help when you can, that seems like more than just “aspiration” — that’s doing.

When you’re too hard on yourself, you basically turn into Woody constantly trying to cut Buzz down — but you’re also Buzz. It doesn’t help you to do this to yourself, and you need to remind your Woody side that no one knows the future. Buzz can be the hero he aspires to be. Note: re-watch the ending of ToyStory.

Everyone fails, and not to be a giant slobbering cliche but people define themselves more through how they react to failure, than in how they react to success. 

Quick question, if you could speak with the executive team at Disney and tell and/or ask them anything, what would you say?

not an easy question

I suppose I’d first go for Bravado and say “I have a great idea — put me on your team” and BS that into an actual storyline idea and try and work it right from the inside out if this is like, I’m allowed to engage my fantasies in this question

More realistically I would probably push for whatever representation issue was most present on my mind at that moment, or whichever one I had the best offhand stats for, and try and make a compelling argument for why not every single female lead needs to have a head the size of her waist, etc. and how that could actually help their brand

so I guess my realistic answer was, explain why what I think is important, is good for them ;) which I do believe, could be the truth.

I saw an episode of Sofia that struck me as pretty well done. It had a semi-recurring villain and she was using a disguise to get close to the family. Sofia had a bad feeling about her, but everyone told her not to worry. The overall message of the episode was people need trust trust their instincts no matter what others say. That, to me, seems to be a very important message for young kids, who will often be invalidated if they sense that someone is dangerous and try to voice their concerns.
Is it bad that even though I'm turning fourteen in a few months I still want to be Cinderella or vanellope von schweets for Halloween? I've always adored Cinderella (1950 ver) and I really love wreck it Ralph. But I don't know if I should move on.

Halloween is literally the occasion in which you can dress up as Cinderella or Vanellope Von Schweets for the rest of your life! I’m not sure I understand where this question is coming from haha

cosplaying is literally people with an average age of 25 dressing up as characters like this all the time, too. It’s all good. What’s there to move on from? Move on from fun??

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dion-thesocialist:

I’ll always be mad about Disney fans saying X white princess is the first princess to X, because I guarantee a POC princess did it first.

this is literally just bitching about frozen and brave and I think the marketing teams are more to blame 

I wouldn’t agree with that… I know they’ve played it up but I’ve seen countless posts like that, posted by fans, about Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa. Several have even come up on here before.

And if the marketing team is to blame for something, that implies people are “guilty,” so… does seem to elevate it about the level of “bitching” ? 

dion-thesocialist:

I’ll always be mad about Disney fans saying X white princess is the first princess to X, because I guarantee a POC princess did it first.

Hello! So, I'm rather at a crossroads in my life. I'm coming upon my last year of college, and I find that I'm not sure at all what I want to do. The only thing I'm sure about is that I want to travel the world, but that's kind of impossible without a steady job. I've been studying something I've been interested in since I was 14, and now I'm 22 and just unsure if I want to do it anymore. I'm at the point where I need to decide if I want to pursue this into grad school, but I'm not sure I want t

to. This might be the result of my anxiety over the gre and the stress of my life right now, but I’m just at this point where I’m wondering if I wasted the last four years of my life and whether I should head in a completely different direction. The uncertainty is really killing me, and I’m feeling as if I’m prepared to give up on life before I’ve really gotten going. (end task)

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Hmmm… quite the conundrum. Or is it?

I think you need to take a break from sitting at a crossroads. You keep looking down each road, not knowing where it leads, expecting something to suddenly change and beckon you the right way, but in all likelihood that isn’t going to happen.

"I’ve been waiting for this my whole life! I’m gonna be a scarer!" -Mike Wazowski

For this one, Monsters University is coming to mind. (spoilers) From the time he’s a kid, Mike dreams of being a student at Monsters University. He wants it so bad! He gets into University, works hard, gets good grades. But by the end he’s a bit torn because he realizes that he loves scaring, but isn’t scary. Not a perfect metaphor for your situation, but you get what I mean.

I don’t think anyone should think of four years of college, and graduating, as a “waste.” It’s an incredibly lucky thing to have under your belt. I’m not sure what you majored in so it’s tough to give specific advice, but pretty much any undergraduate degree can allow you to pursue a large variety of careers and interests that may or may not have anything to do with what you studied. Among my colleagues who do the same job I do (I graduated in writing/english), there is a history major, a graphic design major, and some sort of ancient languages/etc major. 

There is no reason to start graduate school now, and I would honestly advise you against it if you’re this unsure. It’s not like flipping a coin on going to a concert — the debt and the direction of graduate school will have some impact on the rest of your life. It’s a lot more about “honing in” than undergrad was. I can’t think of any degree where you really and truly HAVE to start grad school right now instead of taking a year off.

Depending on your student debt, it is totally possible to travel (if you don’t have a lot… if you have a lot, it’s harder, though not impossible)… maybe not to 100 far flung countries as once, but there are a lot of opportunities out there. For anyone familiar with my own path, I graduated undergrad, wasn’t sure what to do, so I got a job in Germany. I was able to travel to a lot of countries. I made a lot of friends. I never ended up going to grad school, though maybe I will one day if I feel absolutely sure about it (still don’t). I know a lot of people who traveled a lot while having a “steady job.” And there are ways to travel without the steady, though yeah, it’s not always easy.

I was surprised while watching Monsters University that Mike and Sully didn’t get what they wanted. They didn’t graduate from the best school for monsters like they wanted to — they were kicked out. Expelled! It’s not what I expected from a Disney movie. But they took that as a cue to follow a different path, which ultimately led to the same place. It’s not usually that easy to move on up from a janitorial position, but it works as a comparison. Everything might seem doom and gloom now — if you don’t go to grad school, everything will be over! — but there are likely opportunities out there, that you just haven’t been exposed to yet.

"Good luck." -Dean Hardscrabble

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

Scott Woods (X)

he motherfucking dropped the truth.

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THAT’S THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR OWNING EVERYTHING

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this is a super important explanation to think about whenever you feel like telling someone that something isn’t racist because you don’t hate x person.

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I probably reblogged in the past, but here it is again in that case.

phoenixfalls:

I remember talking to my mother and seeing Snow White and wondering if there’d ever be Chocolate Brown or something like that. But my parents were very good at making sure I had dolls that looked like me, and books with brown children in them, and birthday cards with brown children on them. They were very aware. When you discount a child from fantasy, it’s a very strong statement. You think, Wow, somebody made an entire movie with elves, and trees that talk, and things that fly, and there was no room for me.

Anika Noni Rose in Vanity Fair. (Interview by Alex Beggs; Photographs by Justin Bishop.)

tomasczt:

Happening NOW: Thousands of New Yorkers are staging a sit-in in the middle of Times Square chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot” to support the people of Ferguson. Every 28 hours in the US, a person of color black person is killed by racist police terror. 

tomasczt:

Happening NOW: Thousands of New Yorkers are staging a sit-in in the middle of Times Square chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot” to support the people of Ferguson. Every 28 hours in the US, a person of color black person is killed by racist police terror.