saving this for internet purposes.
basically how I keep it together on this site
saving this for internet purposes.
basically how I keep it together on this site
that is interesting, though I think it’s sort of, another half-hearted gesture if it isn’t the main characters. Because it goes back to that whole concept of "We’re fine with you, so long as you stay in the background, or are a minor character who mostly fulfills comic relief."
Which is a trend that goes back years and years and years in Disney; you can find larger characters but they’re always in a background montage or just assisting the main character to their goal.
Maybe I will be more impressed when I actually see the movie? Overall, though… still wanting more! :P
oh word I’ve seen their posts before (in general, not about Frozen) so I am sure they will definitely be a good resource. If anyone wants to use that. I’ll post more about all this once I actually see it, it’s hard to read through summaries and avoid spoilers
sorry to anyone who has been waiting for Frozen commentary… I swear I’m seeing it on Monday and I’ll try to write a review afterward or on Tuesday if I can!
In case anyone isn’t up to speed with everything surrounding Frozen, before it came out, a lot of people were wishing they had used it as an opportunity to include Saami people (people indigenous to Northern Europe)
I’m glad to hear they included Saami music (which songs so that I know, or are they literally the opening and closing songs?)…
(edit) from comments:
nonhoration said:The opening song is written by a Saami composer, but not performed by Saami artists.
I haven’t read much about the outfit so far, I don’t know if it has to be “blatant” but I would assume that Saami people have different cultural norms and perspectives on things than the average western white person has… in which case yeah, it should come through at some point via characterization otherwise you are just someone putting on the outfit.
I’m not sure what you mean about the eyes, I found her eyes to be fairly similar to Rapunzels… what do you mean ? Either way I don’t think a miniscule change to eye shape changes the representation game. It is sad to me that they clearly recognized that the Saami culture existed, but it wasn’t really referenced in the movie apart from a character’s outfit and a song. Which is half-hearted at best
Things to check out:
“Nordic Thoughts on Frozen" -someone’s post concerning Frozen and information on the Saami people
This blog references This Could Have Been Frozen and has a more full backstory to this whole issue and shows how earlier drawings of Anna were more Saami influenced than her final design
(as you can guess I’m trying to contribute to this discussion befooore seeing the movie since it’s just general stuff but if I got something wrong, feel free to correct me)
Hey if anyone happens to be free next Saturday, we’re having a holiday party in Rochester (NY) and you’re invited. Message the FB version of Feminist Disney if you want details. :)
Brace yourselves for a nice surprise, parents: One of the most in-demand toys of the holiday season is neither a princess nor a video-game warrior, but a doctor, thanks to Disney Junior’s runaway cartoon hit Doc McStuffins.
A female doctor becoming the most popular toy of the year? I am SO here for this!
The TV show is super adorable, too.
I haven’t seen the show but female doc of colour being most popular toy is definitely something I too am so here for.
It’s so cute! She fixes all her stuffed animals. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s her mom who is the doctor, not her dad. So she helps when doc needs extra help.
My niece loves the show can sing the theme song and everything.
I’m 25 years old and not ashamed to say I watch Doc McStuffins every morning and may or may not have a Doc McStuffins backpack and maybe I also own her doctor bag and her fave stuff animals…
Sooo I watched Pocahontas yesterday..I think the last time I watched this movie I was 3 or 4 xD…and I think these two are kind of cute c:
Ethiopian girl guarded from gang rape & assault by three lions.
“The girl had been taken by seven men who wanted to force her to marry one of them. She was beaten repeatedly. Then the lions chased off her captors. The three lions guarded her for about half a day. They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest.”
Then, Stuart Williams (the local wildlife ‘expert’) suggests that perhaps the lions mistook the 12 year old girl’s cries for a lion cub. Which seems awfully silly, considering that lions are perfectly capable of telling apart the gazelles they eat from their own cubs, aren’t they?
if fuckin lions know that rape is bad then so should you
I was at the shelter the other day and playing with these two little kids, a boy and a girl, who were both about four years old.
The boy wanted to play with a big lego block- a block!- that was purple and had flowers on it.
Right away the girl told him, “You can’t use that one. It’s for girls. Not boys.”
And I said, “Flowers are for everyone! Boys too.”
"No they’re not."
"Yes they are. Everyone likes flowers!"
And then they played with dinosaurs
This isn’t really about the girl or boy but just to say that they’re not even old enough to be in primary school and out of the two, at least one is already convinced that there are rigid gender roles that everyone needs to follow. And they’re kids. And I’ve seen/heard a bunch of kids do that.
They’re not inventing this: they’re picking it up from adults, from media, from the environment they’ve been in since birth. And to some extent, the lessons you learn in childhood are imprinted in you forever. What lessons are we forcing our children to absorb without even realizing it??
Things will get a bit hairy on Once Upon a Time when the ABC drama introduces its take on Rapunzel.
And filling the iconic role, TVLine has learned exclusively, will be ill-fated Originals witch Alexandra Metz.
Metz will make her debut in the 14th episode of Season 3 — aka soon into the second half, which premieres March 9 — and though nothing at this time is confirmed, there is always the option for additional future appearances.
FINALLY A WOMAN OF COLOR YES
I guess I need to start moving past episode 2 season 1 where I left off at… »
|—||Olivia Cole - “Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination” (via newwavefeminism)|
ana2199 said: I don’t think it will take that long, that estimate was made before laika included a gay character in paranorman and a gay and lesbian couple in their trailer. There wasn’t that much backlash against it, so maybe we’re closer than we think.
(this comment refers to this ask. Don’t respond to this without reading it for context!)
Might not be that long yeah, it’s not like I have any scientific test to measure it :P
I will say though that my estimate that I just listed, I did it with Paranorman in mind. To be a protagonist is a hurdle unlike a background or minor supporting character. It’s unabashedly supporting them and their identity, whatever it is. It took strangely long to see a black Disney princess- young female protagonists in movies who aren’t thin are almost unheard of- Latin@s might not get much “backlash” when they’re in the background, yet they are often pushed out of the foreground of media representation. Being the main character, it’s a jump.
And although it might or might not impact this, I’d also point out that sometimes the reverse is still true- we’re often farther than we think. For example, this article points out that 70% of those polled support Jason Collins’ decision to come out in Sports Illustrated. But still 47% oppose gay marriage. And 53% don’t think gay people should be allowed to adopt children. (considering we’re talking about children’s films, that seems relevant).
So again: I don’t know when it will happen. Might be sooner, might be later. If it’s sooner, great. I do still think, though, that you need a big majority of society to be on board with it first. You can’t change Disney without changing that hurdle first, because Disney is not, honestly, very daring when it comes to things like that.