Feminist Disney
(Not Disney related, sorry. But cartoon related!) Checked your tag, and I didn't see anything. Any thoughts on The Book of Life?

the animation looks really cool, not sure about anything else yet… I think if it does really well it will likely influence other film companies into pushing more Latin@ inclusive plots etc…

having two dudes fight over a beautiful girl isn’t exactly the sort of progressive plot narrative I bite my nails in anticipation for, though, even if the ending ends up being some plot-twisty “woo hoo she chooses/saves the person herself” thing or, whatever

In young children’s movies, romantic love is constructed as a special and incredibly powerful domain of life that is separate from same-gender friendship and other relationships. While same-gender friendships are fun or funny, heterosexual love is portrayed as powerful. For example, falling in love can break a spell (Beauty and the Beast), cause one to give up her identity (The Little Mermaid), be so special that it is off-limits even to a powerful genie (Aladdin's genie cannot make people fall in love), or lead children to disobey a parent (all of these and Pocahontas).

Karen A. Martin, from Normalizing Heterosexuality: Mothers’ Assumptions, Talk, and Strategy with Young Children (2009)

interesting… 

Just one year ago I started my feminist self education. I found out a healthier way to love myself and accept myself the way I am. I'm stronger now. Last week I was watching my holidays photos and I found out I saw myself more beautiful (even when I was making faces). Yesterday some friends told me I changed a lot and and now I'm more easy to talk to and more assertive. BUT now I see sexist in fiction all the time and I cant enjoy it. Next step: enjoy fiction without forgetting the sexism???

you are on the path!! 

I think it’s two fold: one, you’ll learn to enjoy fiction while examining it at the same time, and two, you might find yourself seeking better fiction :p I mean tbh there are a ton of amazing authors who end up ignored or at least under-cherished because they don’t pander as much to the whole John Grisham “the single lawyer lady in this book is smart… AND has sexy legs, so naturally, the main dude character has the hots for her" characterization ish

If you're still doing the advice thing, I'd really appreciate some from someone who would understand this stuff. In May I was diagnosed with GAD and major recurring depression. There have been a lot of supportive people in my life, but it kills me how callous my dad is about it. He refuses to believe I have a problem, demands I not even think about taking medication, and when he caused me to have a major panic attack (I couldn't breathe) he told me I was being overdramatic. (pt 1)

(pt 2) It’s painful, and even more-so that whenever I talk to him about political things (such as how our society treats people with mental illnesses) he just tells me I’ve been indoctrinated. I don’t know how to deal with this emotions or try to explain to him just how serious this is and how much it hurts and upsets me. If you have any advice, Disney themed or not, I would appreciate it so much.

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I am so sorry I left some of these off for so long… I have no real excuse, just that I haven’t been on the internet as much, period. :(

Realizing that certain things might never change can be very painful. I would say in some ways that it reminds me of The Lion King, and Simba’s interactions with his own father (and Scar, depending on which part of your question we address)

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Family relationships are often (always?) complicated, and it can be especially heartbreaking when the people we expect to be most reliant on can’t be there for us — for one reason or another. 

I think everyone has to process things in their own way, so I’m not sure whether it would help to talk to him or not. I think sometimes for your own sake, it helps to talk — Simba didn’t really get resolution over his feelings of guilt until he actually started talking about it. That said, there’s not actually anything cowardly in keeping yourself safe for a while and kind of, dealing with your depression first, and putting your dad to the side for a while? Simba left his issues for a few years — you can at least take a few weeks to put yourself first. 

Timon: Look, kid. Bad things happen, and you can’t do anything about it. Right? 

Young Simba: Right. 

Timon: Wrong! When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world. 

And if you can, look for other supporters who understand you at this very moment in time — not their expectations of you or past ideas of you but just, you (Simba found Timon and Pumba). Your dad may or may not come around but there are other people out there who can and will absolutely understand what you’re going through and not make you feel bad about it.

As far as actually talking to your dad, human relationships (or… lion relationships?) are so complex that I don’t know what the “right” solution could be for your exact situation. Personally, I think letters can be useful. A lot of people get automatically defensive if you’re speaking to them but a letter is kind of like… they have to read it through before issuing any sort of “rebuttal” and it can help you, too, to have time to kind of compose your thoughts and place them in the order you see fit — and if they don’t react in the way you hope, you don’t have to be physically there for it.

Hope this helps?? Feel free to reblog with better advice, peeps!

Hi! This isn't a question but I just wanted to say I appreciate this blog because I've really never thought about any of this before. And I appreciate so much that you're not raging that Disney is a terrible company. You're just calmly pointing out the very valid issues. I tend to tune people out when they discount something's good qualities and only focus on the bad. So good job! Sorry this ask is kind of unnecessary but I just wanted to say thanks for teaching me something.

well, thank you :) always glad to reach someone

that said, I don’t have an issue with people who “focus on the bad.” If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this site, it’s that you can’t please everyone. Some people appreciate rage sites, others only have a taste for kitten gifs. I think the most important thing is to just try and stick to relaying the truth as clearly as you can see it, even though the concept of truth is a philosophy argument in itself.  ;)

The post on the trope of female mentor screams ratatouille so bad to me. Now I can put it into words

all the words you wanted and didn’t know you needed

professionaldaydreamer2:

AMAZING TIPS for How To Make Your Actors Seem More Like Real Disabled People:

1. cast real disabled people

these gender rolls taste disgusting
emmersdrawberry:

Little Red Riding Hood! 
Late night doodlin’ yesterday.

emmersdrawberry:

Little Red Riding Hood! 

Late night doodlin’ yesterday.

mappedbird:

i say this a lot but:

do uh, ppl get when criticizing media there are two important things to remember - 

  • visibility =/= power
  • characters do not have uh, agency? like, at all? 
Hey, do you plan to do reviews on more Disney channel shows? I'd love to see your opinion on more recent shows like Liv and Maddie or Gravity Falls etc. :)

I would be up for it- feel free to answer to this post with what you all want to see! In terms of reviews, since I tend to do them only every so often

TBH I tried to watch Gravity Falls and I just couldn’t get into it?? Maybe it was just a bad choice of episodes because it seems like a lot of people like it. It wasn’t bad or anything I just literally couldn’t make myself sit through three episodes at the time.

Also apparently Tumblr wasn’t alerting me to the fact that I have a fair # of recent messages… sorry all :(

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)
shout out to all the confused people who find their way to my inbox

shout out to all the confused people who find their way to my inbox

This is definitely a more dense piece to wade through, but it certainly has interesting observations about the portrayal of masculinity in Pixar movies (and also contrasts a bit to Disney — even though they now own Pixar, the studios themselves are still distinct). 

The films in Pixar’s collection show a patterned reliance on controlling images associated with the embodiment of masculinity that shores up the very systems of gender inequality the films are often lauded as challenging.

To be clear, I like these films – and clearly, many of them are a significant step in a new direction. Yet, we continue to implicitly exalt controlling images of masculine embodiment that reiterate gender relations between men and exaggerate gender dimorphism between men and women.