Feminist Disney, (rebloggable by request) Can you quote me on what...
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Can you quote me on what part of my blog said there is “SOMETHING WRONG with liking Classic Disney” etc? Because I should edit that.
Or maybe you’re assuming that’s my position? A lot of people feel that critique should go hand in hand with enjoying media. Like it for the beautiful animation and memorable music, etc, but hold it accountable for its issues. Racism, sexism, ableism, etc, should not get a free pass just because a company has a reputation for being “magical.”
Magic isn’t real. They have a bottom line. They can change for better without losing their “magical touch,” unless you’re asserting that a movie can’t be magical without racism etc. There is nothing hateful or mean about critiquing media- media is not a person with feelings. Disney itself understands it has issues. I never go out of my way to critique individuals for LIKING Disney.
And you’re more than a little misunderstanding of the criticism if you think anyone’s against romantic relationships in general- it’s how the relationships arestructured, always structured a certain way with little variation, that is the issue. And traditional femininity, if you’re defining it as upholding the sexist ideals of chivalry and constantly portraying women as needing to be saved etc, is problematic, though the critique is more about eliminating its popular portrayal in media so that people don’t grow up seeing it as ideal, rather than haranguing them for growing up the way they did.
There is nothing wrong with liking things, but there is something wrong with using your personal preference as a political or social tool against critique. Your likes aren’t sacrosanct. Here is what is included with “Classic Disney” that you seem to be against critiquing:
Racist caricatures in the Lady and the Tramp, see video
Racist caricatures in Peter Pan, see video
Classic Disney cartoons and books like this one
Here is a blog post on racial/cultural stereotypes through villains  in more recent movies like PATF & Mulan
Not to mention that not many Disney movies, old or new, pass the Bechdel test for basic female representation, and the majority stick to the 4-1 men: women ratio that is tokenizing
etc etc etc

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Can you quote me on what part of my blog said there is “SOMETHING WRONG with liking Classic Disney” etc? Because I should edit that.

Or maybe you’re assuming that’s my position? A lot of people feel that critique should go hand in hand with enjoying media. Like it for the beautiful animation and memorable music, etc, but hold it accountable for its issues. Racism, sexism, ableism, etc, should not get a free pass just because a company has a reputation for being “magical.”

Magic isn’t real. They have a bottom line. They can change for better without losing their “magical touch,” unless you’re asserting that a movie can’t be magical without racism etc. There is nothing hateful or mean about critiquing media- media is not a person with feelings. Disney itself understands it has issues. I never go out of my way to critique individuals for LIKING Disney.

And you’re more than a little misunderstanding of the criticism if you think anyone’s against romantic relationships in general- it’s how the relationships arestructuredalways structured a certain way with little variation, that is the issue. And traditional femininity, if you’re defining it as upholding the sexist ideals of chivalry and constantly portraying women as needing to be saved etc, is problematic, though the critique is more about eliminating its popular portrayal in media so that people don’t grow up seeing it as ideal, rather than haranguing them for growing up the way they did.

There is nothing wrong with liking things, but there is something wrong with using your personal preference as a political or social tool against critique. Your likes aren’t sacrosanct. Here is what is included with “Classic Disney” that you seem to be against critiquing:

  • Racist caricatures in the Lady and the Tramp, see video
  • Racist caricatures in Peter Pan, see video
  • Classic Disney cartoons and books like this one
  • Here is a blog post on racial/cultural stereotypes through villains  in more recent movies like PATF & Mulan
  • Not to mention that not many Disney movies, old or new, pass the Bechdel test for basic female representation, and the majority stick to the 4-1 men: women ratio that is tokenizing
  • etc etc etc
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