Anonymous asked: Hades was Jewish coded. Hermes is definitely gay coded.
Anonymous asked: "LGBTQ representation: ** (no one present, but no queer villain coding)" ever since I was a child I believed Hermes to be gay. I know it doesn't explicitly state he is but I mean, he REALLY seems stereotypically gay.
Disney's Hercules: seeing through it "for a...
A feminist Disney Review. Overall Score: 2/4 stars (see bottom for detailed scoring) “We dance,we kiss, we shmooze, we carry on, we go home happy.” -Hades I think this could effectively summarize how much joy I get out of this movie. It’s witty in a way that can appeal to children and adults without inserting a lot of crass, not-really-funny generic adulty jokes into...
ignoring Asks for now because I can’t answer things and write a review at the same time. In case you can’t tell, I find writing reviews slightly painful and I treat them as a lower grade of the type of things I wrote in school so I follow the same patterns of finding sources and leaving it aside for a day and going back to edit, etc. (I feel like with each review I get more and...
came across this
it doesn’t relate as much to my review but if you’re interested in reading a feminist review of the short lived Hercules tv series, click here.
arghh. I have so much written for hercules already- pages and pages- and I haven’t even incorporated citations from research papers relating to issues I discuss, or looked up other feminist reviews on it to see what I’ve missed :( Hopefully I’ll be able to pare it down a bit. I hate having super long reviews, I feel like it ups the chance people will skim them!
in-lovino-veritas asked: I'm reading through some of your reviews and while I was afraid of some really indiscriminate shredding, you're writing these critiques with an apparent open mind to good or ill and in a very approachable way, not at all overbearing. I really appreciate that. My question of you is - how much do you think Disney has brought to the stories it rewrites and animates and how much do you think...
notafuckisgiven asked: I really like the points you bring to the Disney movies, but a lot of the Disney movies are based off older fairy tales. Have you read any of them? Like the Grimm Brothers fairy tales. Personally I absolutely adore the actual stories behind a majority of Disney's movies. However the tales themselves tend to be a lot darker, Disney seems to like to sweeten things up for kids. Your thoughts on...
imanactor asked: How do you define a queer coded character? (Ex. Scar)
flowerofwarriors asked: What are your thoughts on men that claim to be raped, but the situation is more of one where the girl continually came onto him, he said no, and he eventually just gave in?
skeletonize asked: oh, god, i know you're probably completely swamped with messages, but i'd just like to say that i really admire what you do over on this blog and the patience that you have with people like that girl. (it's taking me a lot not to go to her ask right now, actually) anyway, you seem to be a really intelligent and eloquent girl, and i dig your message so keep doing what you're...
thatopinionatedblog asked: @Rape post: Not to mention that erections are, often times, physiological reactions that a man cannot control, therefore making it possible for a woman to engage in intercourse with this man against his will.
Anonymous asked: I definitely agree/understand that men can and have been molested by women. But do you think its possible for a woman to rape a man? Sorry this isn't disney related I was just curious as to what you thought. Thanks! :]
Anonymous asked: I think MLP was mentioned earlier? Just wanted to chime in that has its good and bad sides. I love the characterization (yeah, I'm a fan of the show), but the show's two main attempts at handling race have made me cringe. Good show for the most part but could definitely be even better.
lateralsulcus asked: I sent prettierinpurple a polite ask as to why her response to you was inappropriate. I doubt she'll post it or respond to you, she only seems interested in posting asks that will stir drama. It is rude though, that some of your followers are not mature enough and are leaving her hate mail.
thelastasylum asked: Just read your critique of Pocahontas, and I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it. It was really informative, and it eloquently explained everything that I feel is wrong with the film, despite how much I still enjoy watching it. Thanks for encouraging everyone to take a closer, more critical look at Disney and its creations. I'll definitely be reading more of your work.
In case you guys are wondering where all this hate...
prettierinpurple: I found this tumblr : http://feministdisney.tumblr.com/ Some lady bitching about how disney isn’t realistic or some shit . Kinda made me angry so I messaged her then her followers started sending me hate lolol . But you should message her too its fun . I mean , disney isn’t about being realistic . Its about making up stories for little girls . In my opinion , anyways...
Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm anonymous only because I don't have a tumblr. Just wanted to say that I love your blog and your patience. I also wanted to point out, in case you didn't know already, that Aladdin is modeled after Tom Cruise, so that could help you in explaining his very American coding. This is cited in Giroux's The Mouse that Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence, which is a...
thecometreturns asked: I definitely do not think you are a "feminist bitch who has no imagination". As a matter of fact, that description sounds more like me. Anyway, I am glad you did not go entirely ham on the girl for her rudeness, even though she probably would have deserved it. In all, love the blog! (:
Anonymous asked: What do you think about Phineas & Ferb?
sebastianshortcakes asked: So glad I followed this tumblr. Insightful posts AND funny things. :D
Anonymous asked: Were you aware that you have the patience of a saint? Have a good day, "sweetie." ;)
Anonymous asked: i want to follow prettierinpurple just so i can unfollow her. that'll learn her!
purple-wh0re asked: wow, probably the dumbest tumblr ive ever seen. disney was made to be enjoyed by little girls, where they can see things that will obviously never happen. it was not made to be trashed by some feminist bitch who obviously has no imagination. let me guess, you're the type who thinks that little girls shouldnt play with dolls because it warps their self image. well thats all bullshit and so is...
Anonymous asked: MLP is actively trying to be feminist, but isn't without it's white privilege racial uh...ickyness. It's by Lauren Faust so she's good for making female characters tho. To give you a quick, she was told by Hasbro to make a pony that was "into shopping and clothes." so she decided to make her a dressmaker and an artist instead of what she knew Hasbro was asking for.
intangiblemindfuck: I go to school with this girl. She’s a perfectly nice girl but she’s set in the mindset of being completely okay to be a stereotypical girl. The problem that I have with this status is that she thinks that being a girl gives her some unknown right to be paid for when it comes to dates. I would rather pay for my own meal and open my own doors and do all of that on my own...
Anonymous asked: What's next on your list after Hercules?
k9gm3 asked: About My Little Pony, 'cause I saw someone asked you about it... It has ten main characters, all of them with distinct personalities, strengths and flaws. Nine of them happen to be female. I don't think it actively tries to be feminist, but it does send a pretty good message about what being a girl means (namely, "whatever the hell you want it to mean").
ofthedolls-deactivated20120205 asked: Maybe I don't agree with some of the things here, but this is def. a thought provoking blog! I'd never looked at Disney properly this way before. I even hooked my sister up to this blog and we've had long discussions about Disney and stereotypes, feminism, LGBTQ, racism, etc etc, so thank you for opening my eyes x
schakall asked: My boyfriend is lebanese on his mother's side, I'll get him to read your review on Aladdin. Now, I personally quite like it :)
Anonymous asked: As an Arab, I completely agree with your Aladdin review, so don't let any of these ridiculous anons put you off reviewing more disney stuff in the future.
Anonymous asked: I thought the Aladdin review was actually a good review. It makes me wonder if the Disney actually did any homework on the culture... and just throw it all out the window if they were going to view the Arab society with such close-mindedness. I spent some time in Iraq, with many people (soldiers, American civilians, etc.) thinking the everyone in the Middle-East fits into these or...
delyune asked: With regard to the "this is what a disney princess could look like" campaign, isn't that really just letting a cartoon character define your person? and, in turn, defeating much of the purpose of feminism?
Anonymous asked: oh am i sorry did i offend da widdle retard with my albeism?
Anonymous asked: are you really that retarded that you think arabs wear turbans (hint: sikhs wear turbans, it's a religion look it up)
Anonymous asked: Why are you whitesplaining? Legitimate question.
Feminist Disney: nope →
theautumnal: feministdisney: theautumnal replied to your post: Hey, I’m the anon with the Arab boyfriend, That maybe you were wrong? I mean, I’m all for pointing out racist/sexist/xenophobic/homophobic attitudes in disney movies, but maybe in this case it doesn’t hold up like you wanted it to? Because “Arabic”… Things is, I did read the review, several weeks ago. And what I got out of it is...
theautumnal replied to your post: Hey, I’m the anon with the Arab boyfriend, That maybe you were wrong? I mean, I’m all for pointing out racist/sexist/xenophobic/homophobic attitudes in disney movies, but maybe in this case it doesn’t hold up like you wanted it to? Because “Arabic” skin tones can vary a bit more? No… it was really my polite way of saying I still think I’m right...
hercules in hebrew
gillangasm replied to your post: ugh is this for real? Ooh! Send me a link to the Hebrew one pwease, I wanna watch it! :) I am posting it here since tumblr doesnt allow links in messages, tried that first. It is here. :)
…I think I almost cried. YOU GUYS ARE TOO GOOD. I thought there was no way this thing was anywhere on the internet. Finishing Hercules now <3
Anonymous asked: Hey, I'm the anon with the Arab boyfriend, he spent most of his life in Lebanon, since you thought it would be interesting to know.
ugh is this for real? The only version of Hercules I can find online is in Hebrew :( maybe I’ll start writing the review and then just finish it whenever it comes up again. Damn. If I realized they were going to take it down I would not have dilly-dallied about finishing the thing. Maybe I can rent it somewhere… ><
"A list of Disney Villains"
chrilliams: Amos Slade (Fox & the Hound): Middle to older aged white (assumed) heterosexual male Aunt Sarah and Si & Am (Lady and the Tramp): Middle to older aged white (assumed) heterosexual female Captain Hook (Peter Pan): Middle aged white (assumed) heterosexual thin bodied male Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians): Middle aged white (assumed) heterosexual thin bodied female Edgar (the...
azoonabaga asked: Hi, I've just found your blog and I wanted to tell you it's amazing, I especially love the feminist image collection! It made me a little sad to read you tear apart some of my favorite movies (Tangled, El Dorado) but you make a lot of good points. Keep up the great work!
voiceofanamaranth asked: Not related to Disney, but have you watched My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? If so, do you think it's good in a feminist perspective?
tanalilt asked: Had to find it on another person's reblog, as it wouldn't let me read your full reply. But find it I did! And I see what you're saying, as well. Changing the way media portrays things that weren't considered a social norm until recently is always a challenge, and one I feel that we need to stand up and take. But what I was getting at was that we shouldn't wait for media to...
Nobody tells an actor, ‘you’re playing a strong-minded man.’ We assume that men...– Meryl Streep, on being told that she often plays “strong-minded women.” (via andyouhavetogivethemhope)