Feminist Disney

Pretty ridiculous. I’ll mostly just say check out the links (the above or a somewhat shorter version on Opposing Views) and the excerpts from both I’ll drop into here, and put my thoughts at the end.

‘This gentleman out of nowhere comes up to me and just says,”’You need to pull your top up,”’ she told 10News. ‘I was looking at him like, “Excuse me? Are you serious?”’

This is a family park. You are showing too much,” the employee allegedly said. 

"I guess women with large chests are expected to wear turtlenecks their whole lives,” said Behnken to 10News.

Behnken says her husband had just returned home from deployment and they had been excited to take their three children to the resort for their first family vacation. After the incident, however, Behnken says the rest of the trip was ruined.

Now, the California mom has filed a formal complaint with the park as well as one with the Disney corporation. She says that in the week since the incident happened, Disney has reached out to offer an apology on behalf of the employee, but Behnken says she hopes they take it a step further.

“Maybe they need to do more exclusive training on what is OK to say to people that come there,” suggested Behnken.

Disneyland reportedly has a policy deeming clothing that “exposes excessive portions of the skin” as inappropriate for the family-friendly park, but Behnken’s apparel barely showed any cleavage at all, as evident in the family’s pictures taken at the park prior to the incident.

disney woman ordered to cover up

My thoughts:

  • Unless people are actually running around naked, it seems like this rule invariably comes down to the judgment of employees, which can be biased. Even if her top had been cut lower? If you don’t want people wearing “skin revealing” outfits, stop placing your theme parks in 90 degree weather. Otherwise, there’s a bit of a correlation. I should know — I’ve fainted just standing in line for Universal.
  • Definitely a case where the bodies of women with larger boobs are inherently seen as sexual no matter to what degree they cover up, because large boobs will inherently not look the same as small boobs in the same shirt. Short of wearing a turtle neck, they will often “peek out”
  • A ridiculous thing to say to a family — that their mother is not family-friendly
  • This is not the first time and unlikely to be the last time that it is clear that, even though the majority of employees are respectful and great, many lack clear guidance on issues like this 

I know it’s not accurate but whenever i get an ask like that I imagine someone sitting in a room covered from floor to ceiling in pictures of happy faces and rainbows, as they sit at a computer desperately searching for non-critical internet postings

more realistically I think it’s absolutely silly to send me a… criticism of my blog when your point is for me to not be critical. I have to wonder why you’re not just publicizing the positive strides I’ve made, instead. It’s almost like critique is this tool of communication we all use pretty much every day or something

I'm all for human rights and liberties and expressing your opinion but not when it goes as far as criticizing every single thing you ever come across. Unfortunately, sexism is found in everything, everywhere. The human culture has been honoring patriarchal roles for tens of thousands of years. We are an ever changing, evolving culture, and instead of publicizing where we lack, you should be publicizing the huge strides that are being made toward making this world a fair and just place for all.

You have to have both, my valued tumblr acquaintance. 

Think about if sexism was a illness causing bacteria in your cans of (life!) soup. 

Yes, this soup might be sold everywhere

No, you’re not doing everyone a favor just by celebrating the good soup a rival soup maker made. People will still get sick from this soup — especially if you don’t see the value in saying “hey there’s bacteria that made me or my friends really sick in this soup, I’m going to point it out and demand some better soup”

you are a human entitled to a world without sexism, among other things

and the world has been more quick to praise strides as a whole, honestly, than criticize them. People are currently throwing themselves around the internet trying to promote some random card ad praising motherhood. The most self-serving drop in the bucket yet it makes a thousand more headlines than likely anything we’ll cover here that isn’t so positive.

change doesn’t happen with only praise — sad to say but it’s true if you look beyond really uplifting books they give you in kindergarten about fighting bullies with kindness. I am supportive of groups that mostly choose to just post uplifting messages like A Mighty Girl, but it’s never going to be the only thing I do.

 I am pretty against the idea that talking about problems can only be done in a nice, non-threatening voice. Which is what you’re pushing for.

tattle-tale on sexism like your sisters depend on it

The prince fought valiantly.
He slayed the dragon.
The princess cried for days.
She loved that dragon.
The stories fairytales don’t tell (via shy-fawn)
Will the Disney raise impact the interns that already make less than minimum wage and make up the majority of the Florida park labor?
Anonymous

the article is longer but no part referenced this. We might find out more once it’s not still breaking news?

for my own part I suspect it won’t really — I think a lot of corporations unfortunately rely on really questionable laws regarding interns precisely because of what it allows them to get away with in terms of paying fair wages

I’m not exactly familiar with what interns make btw, but [waves to below article]

and it might be a slight exaggeration to say they’re a majority, though not by much

according to this magazine, during certain peak hours, they can make up 50% of staff. Although I definitely skimmed this because it’s super long, it seems like it has a tooooon of info for people who are interested in knowing what interns go through/what they get paid/the program’s history.

"Disney offers Obama minimum wage to Florida theme park staff"

LOS ANGELES — Walt Disney Co. has offered to raise starting pay at its Florida theme parks by 25 percent to $10 an hour over two years, almost matching the federal minimum wage sought by President Barack Obama.

Disney presented the proposal Wednesday to the Service Trades Council, a consortium of six labor groups, the company and union representatives said. They are scheduled to resume bargaining over a contract on May 28.

The unions, which represent more than 30,000 employees at Walt Disney World near Orlando, asked for at least $10.10 an hour, the amount congressional Democrats and Obama propose as a new U.S. minimum. Starting pay at the Florida parks is now $8.03 an hour, according to Burbank, Calif.-based Disney. That would reach the rate Disney is offering by July 2016.

"I’m very pleased," Ed Chambers, president of the council, said in a telephone interview. "We’re well on our way to getting a deal done."

The contract being negotiated covers full-time hourly employees at the world’s most-popular theme-park complex. Disney reported record profit of $6.6 billion on revenue of $45 billion last year from its TV networks, parks, studios and consumer products.

"It is more generous than they have been in the past," said Donna-Lynne Dalton, secretary-treasurer of the council. "It comes at a cost."

Disney also told the unions it wants to stop offering pensions to new hourly employees starting in 2016.

Chicago Tribune

still lolling a bit over the title they chose for this…. obama minimum wage

ANYway though, a pretty big turnaround for this company, which previously went out of its way to not pay employees enough to the point where a documentary was made about it. Union influence more than Disney of course, but good thing to happen none-the-less.

Why are Corporations Using Change.org as an Ad Placement?

Change.org, why are you emailing me about a petition started by T-Mobile that is really obviously part of their current promotional stunt? IDK like have a couple standards or something

I realize that change.org is pretty open in what gets posted there but there has to be some standard because that really shouldn’t be a vehicle for giant corporations to promote themselves in a space that’s supposed to be for social change etc. they’re not really really petitioning nobly to “give back your money,” they’re just looking for a way to gain a larger market share so they can take more.

considering that emailing is one of the main ways people can get additional coverage for their campaigns on change.org, if multi-million dollar corporations can essentially use it as an ad platform the cost of using that is going to rise so high that only corporations can use it….

Apparently this has been around for a few weeks but I only just saw it come on tv when I was at the gym and could not believe this was a real commercial?? except it is

it’s the most misogynistic commercial I’ve seen in a long time. To be fair, I only watch tv for Castle, so I probably get specific ads. But still!

 It’s his wife or girlfriend and he flips a total shit over using her vag-product (which they’re trying to… sell?? by making it seem like cooties??). Like apparently vaginas are so girly — even though this is a product used for his own lover?? — that he has to dash about the homeplace doing the most masculine tasks he can handle. Karate chop some wood!! Eat raw eggs!!! Ruin your dental fillings by pulling a car with your teeth!!!

It ends with the girlfriend or wife saying “that was close” and maybe we’re supposed to identify with her like "l o l men, always thinking we have cooties" as if we’re all going to have a good eye-roll together over this

but omg why would you ever sell a product this way it grosses me out. As if people aren’t weird enough about vaginas and all that already, you have to showcase a man getting weirded out by dressed-up soap 

like if you want to stick to gender roles, go ahead, but don’t reinforce in a national ad campaign that not only should men be afraid of the feminine, but that we should expect them to react negatively to it (for the sake of selling a largely unnecessary product that can actually cause potentially dangerous infections in many women…..)

and like obviously I wouldn’t expect an outdated company to make the connection that this concept of body parts corresponding to “femininity” or “masculinity” isn’t really in keeping with how many people understand their body parts, but there’s that too

me and my cat decided that today I would be mad at some corporate things

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3) Tag anything you’d purchase, whether in store or online.
4) Feel free to include the size range it comes in and/or the size you think you’d need. Sizing can be tricky, so this is definitely not required.
5) Tell your friends! I don’t just want this to be a blogger thing – I want all women who wear size 14 and up to show their purchasing power and share styles they love. Let’s be unignorable!

Um, yes. I will be doing this.

Yes. I support this movement

watch me be loud as hell

Activism! #plussizeplease

Oh i WILL be doing this.

I LOVE and support this idea so much.

fatgirlscanrockit:

thisisthinprivilege:

writeswrongs:

satelliteshowers:

fattyforever:

curvily:

How often have you been shopping and you come across something that is just PERFECT, but does not go up to your size? Over 60% of American women wear a size 14 or above, but only 17% of clothing sold is 14 & up. That is a ridiculous disparity.

Moreover, when some brands move into plus (ahem H&M), they throw their signature trendy looks by the wayside in favor of flowy dark fabrics that they think “work” for plus sizes. That is crap. Plus size women want color, print, and structure. Moreover, we want variety. A group this numerous cannot be a monolith, and since style is such a personal thing, we all have different tastes. I want #plussizeplease to be a way to showcase the demand for styles we’d buy and rock, and all the money brands are forfeiting by refusing to expand their sizes.

So here’s how to use it:

1) Snap a picture of a garment you love but does not come in your size. Include the brand and price, tagging the company if possible. For example, I am in love with this Zara marble print dress. I would have purchased it yesterday if it went above a size L. My tweet would be:

“.@Zara marble print sheath, $59. I’d buy it right now if it came in my size. #plussizeplease”

2) Use it on any social media – Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest… even Facebook supports hashtags now.

3) Tag anything you’d purchase, whether in store or online.

4) Feel free to include the size range it comes in and/or the size you think you’d need. Sizing can be tricky, so this is definitely not required.

5) Tell your friends! I don’t just want this to be a blogger thing – I want all women who wear size 14 and up to show their purchasing power and share styles they love. Let’s be unignorable!

Um, yes. I will be doing this.

Yes. I support this movement

watch me be loud as hell

Activism! #plussizeplease

Oh i WILL be doing this.

I LOVE and support this idea so much.

I apologize if this has been asked. I did a google search and was unable to locate it. Wasn't the shop owner in Frozen confirmed homosexual? Especially with the camera reference to his "family" in the sauna?
Anonymous

yeah, it came up a lot :) 

he was not, no. Unless I’m missing some big announcement on Disney’s part. Reading him as gay is a willful interpretation.

WHICH I am not against, but acting like a willful interpretation is “confirmed representation” is a big slight to the LGBTQ community. And gives Disney cred they absolutely do not deserve yet.

I won’t link you to everything because there’s a lot but I found everything through "Has this been asked before?" by searching for “gay frozen

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I really recommend actually reading through those before commenting or messaging me.

TL;DR: Disney needs to step up their representation, majority of fandom needs to stop prioritizing celebrating Frozen and Disney to the detriment of the LGBTQ community by misrepresenting what real representation looks like.

to be clear though I definitely agree with that asker that the reason Frozen’s storyline is plucked from all the rest and rather randomly labeled as a/the first "positive portrayal of females accepting their sexuality in Disney" or whatever, over and over, is entirely linked to the fact that she is a white female character and that her sexuality is inherently seen as more “empowering” than that of other characters listed, despite many of the flaws people have pointed out with this portrayal

I would say that of the official and unofficial princesses, Jasmine is the only one who owns and uses her attractiveness mindfully. Elsa may be the first WHITE princess to do this, but that alone sends around loads of signals dealing with existing racial issues (namely that white women are inherently pure in comparison to non-white; mind you the #1 reason Jasmine is disliked is because she's a "bitch" and a "slut".) Wouldn't say the rest are unaware, they just don't use their body in that way.

yes

I agree with the author, though (or at least, agree with what I think they’re implying about race) in that Jasmine’s race and portrayal of sexuality are intrinsically linked. You can’t pull them apart in order to point to it as an instance of simply positive sexuality, because being an Arab WoC and how her sexuality is portrayed feed off one another.

It is undeniably offensive that she was portrayed as a sexy slave considering all the connotations there. I don’t think it is in any way accidental that this happened to a WoC in Disney, and not a white princess like Elsa.

So I think I agree with what you’re saying about purity and how it gets tied to race portrayals, but I think the author basically touches on this in that Jasmine’s portrayal is meant to suggest a sort of impurity. Elsa is by herself with the camera — Jasmine is a slave girl chained up as she moves across the screen in red clothing (a color with symbolism, and an outfit that is forced on her, not chosen). This is not just Jasmine “choosing” — it’s how Disney chose to portray her as well.

It’s also worth pointing out that Jasmine has to use her sexuality to save herself, which ties in to WoC hypersexualization tropes/stereotypes

Does that make sense or no sense ?

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See our other Achievements: http://lakota.cc/1iWyw4D

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Feminism And Sexuality In “Frozen”

literally-darling:

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By Kristin Urban

I love the movie “Frozen.” When I first heard that it was supposedly the best Disney film since “The Lion King,” I scoffed at the silly idea. As a huge Disney fan, I knew I would at least like the new movie, for one reason or another. Besides, based off of the recent Princess movies Disney has come out with, I figured it would be a good one. But I was completely blown away by the…

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you definitely made some points here I can agree with about the movie. The first few paragraphs about Elsa’s entrance in her new attitude/outfit seem on point.

However, I don’t think I agree with the next few paragraphs about what you think means Frozen is better than other Disney films?

 So when I saw “Frozen,” it was like a breath of some very, very needed fresh air. The fact that Disney has been stepping up to the plate in recent years has been encouraging, but hasn’t been enough. But with “Frozen,” Disney has produced what can actually be called a progressive film, which is something I am proud of.

The line of it being “actually a progressive film” bugs me because it sets up an instant comparison rather than just evaluating the movie in its own right. This movie was actually progressive- unlike princess and the frog? Actually progressive - unlike Mulan? Etc.

With gay themes, two strong female leads and a modern man in the form of Kristoff, Disney has broken free from many faults seen in other films.

this movie did not have gay themes. Fandom readings as gay, yes. Disney actually committing and owning up to anyone being gay or having anything more than generalized allusions to being different, no.

I’m not sure what makes Kristoff a breakaway from other films, either. He’s angsty and likable, I’ll give him that, but what else was that stunningly modern about his portrayal?

I appreciate that you did mention how earlier, “sexy” scenes with Disney princesses, like with Jasmine, were racially tinged, so I can see why that might rate “lower” than Elsa/Anna in your scenario since it’s weighted down by other factors. I could see this (race issues) with Esmeralda as well (not an official princess but a main character), but I’m surprised she didn’t rate a mention at all? Like Elsa, she is “in command” of her body and her self, not ashamed? I guess maybe this was a “princess only” post but it seems like Elsa gets undue cred by excluding her

In fact, before “Frozen,” the only Princess who actually employed her sexual prowess was Princess Jasmine.

Especially considering that the princess line wasn’t created until after Esmeralda was a character — until that point she was still a fairly popular character among young girls and certainly made an impression for many of them

It seems that Pocahontas was not aware of her sexual attractions. Rather, Disney used the physique of Pocahontas to appeal to the male gaze (Smith and viewers), as they have done with many of their female characters.

I also don’t know if I agree that Pocahontas was unaware. I think she just had a quiet confidence that was already cemented before the movie and it wasn’t part of her character development/ she didn’t need to perform to indicate to audience she was “growing up.” I don’t see how Pocahontas’ physique is appealing to the male gaze thru-audience but Elsa’s scene isn’t when it’s like… I would say that is part of it if simply Pocahontas’s body without any performance is

thoughts/disagreements though, readers? I admit Frozen isn’t my favorite, might be biased…