Feminist Disney, Feminist Disney Image Collection
Feminist Disney Image Collection
  • This is my growing collection of re-captioned Disney scenes.  
  • Because they all exist as separate tumblr posts, I would ask that you refrain from copy/pasting them out of here and into your own tumblr uncredited.   Reblogs from the original are fine. Most of the originals should be fairly easy to find so long as you go to google images and search “Feminist Disney” + name of movie/name of characters in the image.  Let me know if you have issues.
  • These images are also more or less in chronological order (making them easier to find if you want to reblog, so seriously, don’t copy paste), which is kind of embarrassing because some of the earlier ones are pretty… not great/boring!   I didn’t start up this blog intending to be “Feminist Disney” but these images are what started me moving in that direction, and there is definitely a progression from random to full frontal feminism.  
  • If you want to use them for an article, your own blog about feminism+disney, or other places where they will only appear once and not be reblogged 1000 times uncredited, it’s fine, credit my site somewhere if you can.
  • It’s been fun making them- I’ve learned a lot through all the commentary people have added on to them in reblogs (unfortunately, you are obviously not privy to those discussions here)
  • Enjoy!

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  • this is basically the image that helped make my site sort of popular.   Or at least propel it to have more than 50 followers lol

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  • I thought about excluding this one but I figured so long as it’s here it might serve as a reminder to always be checking your language even when you think you’re saying something harmless.   I would have ignore the note on the bottom, since I was able to figure it out/people replied  It’s been a while since I wrote it but I think- at least it appears- that this was edited after the fact, while keeping the bottom note

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  • after this image I started adding commentary below every image, so I have included it here

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I can’t pretend I don’t have some rotting branches; we can’t pretend our privileges don’t exist just because we do not like them.   To relinquish the power they hold, we have to constantly expose them for what they are,” Grandma Willow concluded, and gave John a pat on the back with one of her drooping branches.

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“And don’t even get me started about white history month,” Esmeralda warned him.  “The same goes for that.  History is a construct.   People with power decide what gets remembered, what gets forgotten, and what gets misconstrued.”

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“All right, I’ll go for it,” Hercules concluded.   “I’ll start training toward being a strong feminist.   But not because you wanted me to.   Because I wanted to.”

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Melody still suspected there was something fishy about this explanation, and decided to get out of the giant clamshell and find out for herself what feminism does for people and merfolk.

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for more on native appropriation:  http://mycultureisnotatrend.tumblr.com/

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Beast admitted that this was, indeed, a poor defense of his ideas, and he eventually realized that he was dismissing the valid and thoughtful viewpoints of many people that agreed with Belle by claiming some sort of de-sensitized superiority.

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Mulan nodded;

it was Feminist Kick-Butt Revolution Time.

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Pocahontas successfully nipped Meeko’s hipsterish tendencies in the bud

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Dr Pepper’s new spokesperson scoffed when asked why the well-known feminists Meg and Hercules were avoiding the drink.

"We feel very comfortable with our brand image right now," he insisted, "Despite the fact that today’s so called ‘heroes’ are avoiding it.   So what if Hercules doesn’t want to support a company that relies on misogynistic humor?   Who cares what Hercules does? He’s a ZERO, and our product is a TEN.  Get it?  Dr Pepper ten?  I crack myself up sometimes.”  

He steadfastly refused to discuss the fact that the brand’s perception, even among men, has been flat and the soda’s buzz scores are now “worse than flat.”

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She said, her tentacles twitching with dissatisfaction at this stereotypical media representation.

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for more information on Vodou/why its portrayal in Princess and the Frog is problematic/how it has been stereotyped in society (and why no, it’s not okay in this movie just because Mama Odie was a good person,) go here or even more, here

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“Well,” said Milo, pushing his glasses up with a huff, “Your entire civilization forgot its system of writing even though, at the very least, you and your father were both alive before the flood that apparently destroyed your knowledge.   Why blame me for a massive plot hole that seemingly only exists to propel the ‘Mighty Whitey’ trope?”

(read the full feminist review of Atlantis here)

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"GOD Lilly, it’s like they completely don’t get what it’s like to be a modern teenage princess!”  Mia exclaimed. 

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“This reminds me of all those magazines that give you 200 tips for losing weight and ‘looking great’ and then tell you that their secret tip is, ‘confidence is what will really attract people to you.’   It’s like society wants to shame you for not living up to their ideal, and also shame you if you don’t try to live up to it,” replied the mirror.

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“It’s sad that Disney has the opportunity to educate so many people and yet many of their movies, unintentionally perhaps, serve as a platform to reinforce negative stereotypes about differnet cultural groups,” Jafar lamented, while inwardly wondering whether, perhaps, a certain gold lamp he had heard about could help him solve this problem…

[for more on this, read the feminist review of Aladdin the movie here]

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“What’s also interesting to note is that studies show that children, themselves, prefer averaged sized heroines- and some even prefer chubby ones,” Sebastian interjected as he clung to the King’s beard.  

“So it’s not true that kids only want to see- or will only relate to- a singular body size.   But anyway, I think it’s just pretty logical that the best way to actually celebrate a diversity of sizes in society (and no, a fat or chubby princess won’t be bad for young girls to see), kill some of the rampant fat shaming that exists, and to eliminate the concept that there’s a single, ideal body size for all women regardless of an individual’s health, biology history, body type, abilities, desires, and so on, is to actually show characters that are fat, thin, average, et cetera.”

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"For once, this is not my original wording, but instead giving homage to a recent post by CokeTalk (<- hit link to view post).    I obviously had a lot of love for her response to that boy.

Interested in learning more about slut shaming?  Click here for an in-depth explanation!”

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"To be honest, Dawson, it’s really quite simple.   Remember- feminism is not only about examining and fighting the oppressions and problems of women.   It’s about reacting to all types of social problems, including racism, queer rights, classism, fat shaming, trans*hate, gender binary and forced gender roles that hurt men as well, and so on and so forth.”  Basil paused to tinker with one of the beakers in his laboratory before continuing;

"But!  What’s also curious is that even if we stick to the more second wave definition, the idea that feminism is wrong because one knows of no “alternative movement for men” (even though several- both good and bad in their setup- do exist) is such a faulty one!   If I created a fan club for mice, are you going to chastise me for not simultaneously creating a fan club for cats?    If it doesn’t exist, too bad for the cats, but that doesn’t really reflect at all on the validity of the mouse fan club.”

based on this original post

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"Fuck the reinforcement of the gender binary and people shaming me for wearing anything seen as traditionally ‘feminine,’” said Ratcliffe.   Percy nodded his assent. 

"Indeed sir, fuck it," replied Wiggins.   "There are many things that make you villainous, but that shouldn’t be one of them.”

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"The public discourse among non-Muslims regarding the Muslim community tends to be shaped by stereotypes, possibly most powerfully when the conversation turns to Muslim women — they are hounded, we tend to think, and quite possibly cowering. The very real problems with which Muslim women grapple appear rooted in the nature of the religion, and, we assume, are thus powerfully immune to real change.

By way of counterargument, Paradise Beneath Her Feet presents an engrossing, seemingly counter-intuitive take on the question of women’s advancement in the Muslim world, showing that Islamic feminists are successfully arguing – from within the texts and traditions of their faith – that gross gender inequality flies in the face not just of the spirit of Islam, but also its laws,”

she said, quoting an article on Feministe.   “So take note.   If I want to choose to wear the hijab- respect my choice.”

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“Are you sure this movie was created in 2010?” Said the other Stabbington brother, in disbelief.   “And they think we’re the bad guys of this movie?  Talk about underrepresentation.”

“Well if you or Gothel are interested in reading more about it, I found a really good tumblr discussion about this entire issue,” said the first Stabbington brother.

(*POC: Person or People of Color)

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Cinderella clarified her position on her lack of judgment when it came to others having consensual sex inside or outside of “official relationships” after reading multiple tumblr posts that said,

“if Cinderella can find her Prince Charming without taking off her clothes, so can you.”

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They could say what they liked about her, but Belle had standards.

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today is my birthday!   I am 23. 

Help continue to spread the word abut Cece McDonald.  Here is a recent article about the whole situation.

“CeCe McDonald, the transgender woman sentenced to 41 months in jail after defending herself in an unprovoked assault that left one of her attackers dead, is being held in a men’s correctional facility in Minnesota, raising concerns among advocates that she could be at risk for mistreatment and abuse.”

That piece is more about what is going on right now.  For background, check out this article on Transadvocate.

“In the early morning of June 5th, CeCe and her friends were walking past the Schooner Tavern when a white man and two white women decided to harass them. Her attackers hurled racist and transphobic insults at CeCe and her friends, suggesting CeCe was “dressed as a woman” to “rape” before one person smashed her drink into CeCe’s face, significantly injuring her. A fight broke out and a white male attacker was fatally stabbed. The attack on CeCe which began the fight was ignored, and she was taken into custody, charged with second degree murder. Prior to having her life interrupted, CeCe was studying fashion at a local college and supported a family of four other youth who lived with her.

Throughout the ordeal, CeCe has been misgendered by the media and the courts. She was additionally kept in solitary confinement for a full month and possibly denied proper medical care for injuries sustained when she was attacked.”

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1/4 “chivalry” images- to see group, go here

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1/4 of Merida & Rapunzel representation conversation: for reblog and full, see here

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When someone says something like what Frog Naveen did, our first reaction is often to re-assert to them the ways in which we identify with what they accept as normal and “correct”:  “I’m straight, I shave, I’m thin, look at my face, I would be considered attractive by society’s standards.”

Instead of just this knee-jerk reaction, turn the spotlight back on the individual by asking why these things matter in the first place: Would feminism be less “valid” if the movement was completely comprised of queer, hairy, ugly girls?    Why do they encourage us to differentiate ourselves from our feminist sisters?  

Their assumptions that these identities are less worthy feminist voices, and that we would implicitly agree by choosing to distance ourselves from “the unideal feminist,” highlights the work feminism still needs to do.

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Meg wasn’t having any generic feel-good meaningless BS.

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Sarabi points out: “When you downplay the damage rape does to its victims, you send a message that their pain is ‘no big deal.’ No matter if it’s a joke, or a metaphor, or a you-don’t-give-a-fuck. This reminds me of several things Jessica Valenti wrote in a piece at The Nation.”

When you tell a rape joke? A rapist thinks that you’re on their side! In ways big and small, we are making this easy on them.”

"Perhaps to some teaching “rape is wrong” seems silly—don’t we all know this already? The truth is we don’t—as a country, we don’t really even understand what rape is. In Steubenville, a student who had learned that drunk driving was wrong—he took car keys away from an inebriated friend—looked on while an unconscious girl was penetrated because “it wasn’t violent…I thought [rape] was forcing yourself on someone.”

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