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 …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/24/2009

NCRW Conference & Blog

With things being so crazy with my internship at the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) I’ve decided to fill y’all in on the great work I’ve been doing there. 

Almost 2 weeks ago, the NCRW had a conference that featured many terrific panelists. One of the best ones in my opinion was the panel on Popular Culture and Gender Images. The panelists included Latoya Peterson from racialicious (I want to be her best friend),

Latoya Peterson   

Latoya Peterson

 Dr. Laura Plybon of Girls Inc., Glennda Testone from the Women’s Media Center and Anne Zill of the Women’s Center for Ethics in Action. Topics of conversation ranged from the Rihanna/Chris Brown domestic violence case to the lack of marketing to black women in the video gaming world. Overall really engaging- …

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