Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Disneys tries to do good

*Quick update about Etheline.* Where is Etheline? I'm sure her fabulous writing and humor is greatly missed by our non-existent audience. She doesn't currently have internet at her home and she will be back shortly! I promise!!

anyway, Wall-E is a must see!

Wall-E is a big surprise considering Disney's history of racist films. While Disney is known for their over sexualized female characters, hyper masculine male characters and lack of visible characters of colors, Wall-E escapes gender stereotypes with gender neutral characters "Wall-E" and "Eva." Below is a preview of the romance that occurs between "Wall-E" and "Eva."

with very little dialogue between Wall-E and Eva, the viewer can decide how they choose to perceive the existing love between the two. There are no distinguishing society defined features that makes one robot obviously one gender. Children who see this movie can still feel the romantic chemistry with out being told what this romantic chemistry has to look like in order for it to exist (i.e. it has to exist between a slim waisted woman and a buff man with arms bigger than his face.) With hardly any dialogue, our imaginations let us decided how we want to perceive Wall-E and Eva.

As it was noted earlier in this blog, this movie and how the romantic chemistry is portrayed is a lot different from the types of films disney has been known to make.

Think I'm crazy? Or an overly sensitive woman? You must be blinded by your nostalgic love for Disney. Watch the following video with an open mind, Please.

The part that was most disturbing for me was when Tinkerbell clearly thought her thights were too big... this is an image of a female fairy that has the waist the size of her neck complain about the size of her thighs. Are you fuckin kidding me?

the good news is that there are corporations out there that are actively working in the media against the distorted reality of beauty. such as Dove. I'm only buying Dove products from now on. You have power as a consumer!! (as I have learned from Inga)

There is hope, there should always be hope.



Anonymous said...

I actually did a paper on the topic of physical image portrayed in Disney movies in high school. It is a very interesting thing to see that in children's movies. I remember when I was a little girl obsessed with Disney movies and I always drew pictures of my favorite characters, I always drew the females to have a stick waist and a big chest. It wasn't intentionally, but it ended up coming out that way. It's really frustrating to see that in movies, especially movies that are made for young children. It's like where did all the average sized people go in the movie? It's either they are in the background and not one of the main characters.

And about the commercials and ads from Dove~ it's such a great thing. I saw the commercial on television and I was amazed because I really don't think parents see the stress their young children go through to live up to the expectation of the "perfect image" that society has. It's sad. Like my mom, she is so blind to it all when it comes to my little sister. And I really think my sister would of handled things better if someone would talk to her about the issue. People always say just be yourself and don't worry about how others think of you... that's not really an easy thing to do. I really think Dove is sending out a great message by making commercials like that.

sara said...

find your personal take on disney discrimination both humerous, but fascinating at that. the reason young women feel so pressured to be the perfect damsels today, in my opinion, starts as a child plus the garbage they are exposed to. the fact that disney does not seem to have one average sized, healthy built defined beauty as the main character, children must believe the reason is because that really is not, well, beautiful. funny fact, what i wrote before this was quite similar to my sisters comment before i read it, "the females to have a stick waist and a big chest." but i didnt want to bore you by repeating what was already there(: hahahaha. but im glad there are people like yourself and your friend to be able to see issues in depth and be so very driven to be able to open a blog as well as organized as this one. keep up the good work ill be eagerly reading your new entries(: -grasomes.