Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 10/28/2009
The Disney Princesses and Sexism
I found this picture on feministing yesterday. Considering the response to my last post about Disney, I thought you guys might find this pic interesting.
I think the sexism they point out in the picture is legitimate as far as plot lines go, but statements like, “Her only asset, physical beauty…” and “her only asset, sexuality” get to me a little bit. Sure, I think Disney created some pretty sexist characters here. But they weren’t exactly dumb bimbos who acted without any purpose throughout the entirety of the movies.
As I recall, I actually identified with Belle quite a bit because we were both voracious readers. I’d say an appetite for literature is a pretty good asset to have. And Jasmine was totally empowered by demanding to marry only who …
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/1/2009
“Sexism, Strength and Dominance: Masculinity in Disney Films”
Here are a few videos I found about sexism and racism in Disney films.
I do want to acknowledge that YESSSS a lot of these movies were made a “long time ago.” Y’know like a couple of decades. But it’s really depressing to me that I grew up with these movies. Kids are still growing up with these movies.
Now looking back on them I have no idea how all this stuff got past me. I mean, sure, I was little, but it’s not exactly subtle. And okay, these movies are made for kids, and are therefore more “simplistic” than films made for an adult audience. But why does simplicity have to mean relying on stereotypes used by people who think simply? I think kids can handle equality in their …