Posts tagged sexism
Posts tagged sexism
I am a big fan. A bit pissed that Walt Disney claimed the League of Women Voters was a communist organization and needed to be stopped. But he did recant that claim and apologize. I’m also a bit pissed he thinks being a misogynist is a character trait. He even said that was Grumpy’s only character trait when explaining who the dwarfs were. I get you had a sexist problem from the very beginning. I guess you inherited that from Uncle Walt.
But that is not what I want to talk to you about. My problem is how you will remove Jack Sparrow from WDW and DL for being sexually harassed/harassed but wont remove the princesses (and I’m sure Tinkerbell) for the same reason. I am very happy that you took the mistreated of Jack Sparrow very seriously. No one should ever be sexually harassed. No one should be stalked, harassed, or made to feel uncomfortable in the parks, including our beloved characters. This also includes the princesses. Ariel is one of the most harassed princesses. Yes, she is one of the most beloved but that does not give anyone the right to stalk or sexually harass her. It does not give anyone the right to touch her breast or body without her permission. She is a (mer)person and deserves the same amount of respect as Jack Sparrow. When people are being inappropriate towards her or any of the other characters, they should be removed from the park so they cannot be sexually harassed. You wouldn’t want her to pack up her things and go back to Atlantica would you? A mermaid can only take so much. After all, Sebastian did tell her the human world was a mess. Do you think its right that your guest are proving him right?
While we are on the topic of sexual harassment, your policy to blame your women cast members who are sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, and raped are absolutely disgusting. Uncle Walt being our crazy uncle who says the most outlandish things is one thing. A company that allows sexual assaults to happen on their property and claim to be the “happiest place on earth” is just bullshit and inappropriate. The fact you have double standards between your male and female cast members is disgusting. It is wrong, illegal, and immoral. You should be ashamed of yourselg. I get you are about making money but how much money do you really think you can make if you alienate half of the worlds population?
All of this being said, you need to reevaluation your priorities if you think it is okay to let sexual assaults and rapes go unchecked on your property. You are far from the happiest place on earth until you get your shit together.
A very concerned and pissed off fan.
Jasmine doesn’t put up with anyones shit. She is strong, independent, smart, and an all around badass. Unlike the women that come before her, she actively rebells against patriarchal norms. She flat out says she will not get married to a man she does not love. She lets Rajah, her pet tiger,…
Do they all pass the Bechdel Test? The answer is no. To pass the test the movie has to meet these three simple criteria:
- Have two women in the movie with names.
- They have to talk to each other.
- They have to talk about something other than men.
Every movie should pass this test but it does not. In movies about a female lead, you would think every single movie would pass but it does not. Here is a break down of the movies and whether or not they pass.
1. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs released in 1937. It does pass. When Snow White meets the Old Hag when she comes to visit the OH asks if she is alone and what she is cooking. Part of their conversation does not involve men. It is a brief scene but it is the only time in the movie when Snow White talks to another woman.
2. Cinderella released in 1950. The movie does pass. Cinderella interacts with her step mother and sisters throughout the movie. The step sisters interact and talk to their mom throughout the movie and they talk with each other. The movie passes with flying colors since the men in the movie are background characters or animals.
3. Sleeping Beauty released in 1959. The movie also passes with flying colors. Aurora talks with the fairy godmothers. The fairies talk to Maleficent and talk to each other. The fairy godmothers and Aurora only speak about Phillip near the middle and end of the movie. Aurora’s mother does talk to Maleficent but the mother is not given a name in the movie.
4. The Little Mermaid released in 1989. The movie actually does pass, kind of. Ariel also talks to Ursula about whether or not she can turn her into a human. However, the whole scene is about her becoming a human and meeting Eric. Ariels sisters do talk in the movie but they are either singing, talking to Triton, or trying to talk to Ariel.
5. Beauty & the Beast released in 1991. The movie does pass, just barely. Mrs. Potts does have a conversation with Belle that is not about the Beast. The conversation Belle has with the wardrobe involves a conversation about the Beast. The Wardrobe is trying to convince Belle the Beast isn’t all bad.
6. Aladdin released in 1992. The movie does not pass. Jasmine is the only woman in the movie with a name. Her pet tiger is even a dude. The movie also is guilty of the Smurfette Principle because Jasmine is the only woman with a name.
7. Pocahontas released in 1995. The movie does pass. Pocahontas has many conversations with Grandmother Willow that are not about either John Smith or Kocoum. She also has conversations with Nakoma that are not about men, but they are more brief than the conversations with Grandmother Willow.
8. Mulan released in 1998. The movie also passes but just barely. Mulan has conversations with her mom and the Match Maker that does not involve men. Throughout the majority of the movie Mulan is the only woman in the movie.
9. Princess and the Frog released in 2009. The movie passes. Tiana has conversations with her mom and Charlotte that do not involve men. She talks to both women about her restaurant. She also talks to Mama Odie about her gumbo.
10. Tangled released in 2010. The movie does pass because Rapunzel talks to Gothel about the outside world, seeing the lanterns, and being the lost princess, at the end. However, Gothel is the only woman Rapunzel talks to throughout the entire movie. She does not talk to her mom at the end of the movie.
11. Brave released in 2012. The movie passes with flying colors. Merida and her mom communicate throughout the movie about many topics that do not involve the suitors.
So over all, all the movies but Aladdin pass. Some pass on really brief interactions with other women. Usually the lead female character is one of the few women in the movie with names. Snow White, Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, and Mulan are the only movies that just barely pass. Even when Disney movies are about women, that doesn’t mean there will be a huge female presence in the movie.
What I do want to tell you is that you need to stop using the “wives, sisters, daughters” argument when you are talking to people defending the Steubenville rapists. Or any rapists. Or anyone who commits any kind of crime, violent or otherwise, against a woman.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this line of rhetoric, it’s the one that goes like this:
You should stop defending the rapists and start caring about the victim. Imagine if she was your sister, or your daughter, or your wife. Imagine how badly you would feel if this happened to a woman that you cared about.
Framing the issue this way for rape apologists can seem useful. I totally get that. It feels like you’re humanizing the victim and making the event more relatable, more sympathetic to the person you’re arguing with.
You know what, though? Saying these things is not helpful; in fact, it’s not even helping to humanize the victim. What you are actually doing is perpetuating rape culture by advancing the idea that a woman is only valuable in so much as she is loved or valued by a man.
The Steubenville rape victim was certainly someone’s daughter. She may have been someone’s sister. Someday she might even be someone’s wife. But these are not the reasons why raping her was wrong. This rape, and any rape, was wrong because women are people. Women are people, rape is wrong, and no one should ever be raped. End of story.
The “wives, sisters, daughters” line of argument comes up all the fucking time. President Obama even used it in his State of the Union address this year, saying,
“We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.”
This device, which Obama has used on more than one occasion, is reductive as hell. It defines women by their relationships to other people, rather than as people themselves. It says that women are only important when they are married to, have given birth to, or have been fathered by other people. It says that women are only important because of who they belong to.
Women are not possessions.
Women are people.
I seriously cannot believe that I have to say this in 2013.
I only posted a small piece of the article but its brilliant. Please go read the rest of it. The “lets protect women because they are our mothers, sisters, and wives” crap needs to go.
This is such an amazing project about bringing awareness to unimaginably high maternal mortality rates in the US.
Critiquing a Disney movie does not mean we hate Disney, think Walt Disney is the devil, or have some stick up our ass. Most people who critique Disney do enjoy the films and do actually like Disney. We are also about to think critically about the media we consume. Disney was no saint. He heavily relied on stereotypes in his films. Haven’t you notice all his female heroines, animals or people, are kind, caring, and compassionate? That is the stereotypical representation of what a woman should be in the early 20th century. Snow, Cinderella, and Aurora are also all seen cleaning in their films, i.e. they are domestic. Two of them were also being abused with was a fucking plot point in their movies. Disney heavily relied on the evil step mother trope in both Cinderella and Snow White. Disney relies on racist stereotypes in Dumbo (the crows), Lady and the Tramp (the cats and Chihuahua), and Peter Pan (the Native Americans) to name a few. Does that mean these movies are inherently bad and evil? No. However, people do start to believe the stereotypes in these movies because they are reenforced by our culture at large. Disney is a huge cultural force in the 20th and 21st centuries. There is no denying that. Disney movies, while entertainment, do shape how people view society. For that reason it is incredibly important to critique Disney. That doesn’t mean we want to kill your childhood or hate on Walt Disney for shits and giggles.
A very annoyed feminist and Disney fan.
Do I really even have to say it?
If you try to stop me from eating a real brownie by putting a Fiber One bar in my hand, I will break you.
So tired of it.
Because seriously, nobody batted an eye when I was little and walked out of the theater after seeing Toy Story proclaiming, “Woody is so cool! I want to be just like him!”
Nobody cared that I was a little girl looking up to a male character. Not a single person would have been upset if I wanted a Sully toy, or if I admired Simba more than Nala. No parents said to their daughters, “No, I’m not taking you to see Up! because there’s no females for you to look up to!”
Because as long as it was men being awesome, parents decided that our kids could see through typical gender stereotypes. They decided, “my kid can learn something from this film even though she is a girl and that character is a boy.”
But as soon as the roles are reversed everyone is up in arms about it. Well that’s nonsense. Because if you’re really not sexist, you’ll realize that it’s just as fine for your daughter to like Finding Nemo as it is for your son to like Brave.
So get off your sexist pedestal, stop complaining, and take your son to see Brave. And hope to all that is holy that he learns something from it…like how to fight against the current patriarchal system. Because he sure as hell isn’t going to learn that from you.