Sunday, November 27, 2011

Why I Hate Disney

I'm sure by now you all are aware of the fact that I HATE the Disney Princesses.
I dislike them for several reasons but these two pictures are definitely a start. 

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Then of course there is this video. She is rambling a bit but the VALID POINT she is making is that the Disney Princess's sell UNREALISTIC expectations to children and promote prejudice. 



22 comments:

  1. It's truly sad! I mean this is the crap young girls are given to work and aspire to! Then we wonder why its hard to be a HEALTHY CONFIDENT young girl in the world today. SMH

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  2. I honestly don't think it's that serious. I grew up watching these movies and never did I once think I wanted to be like them.

    I grew up with a single mother and I wanted to be like her.

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    1. That's great Krissy :)) I'm glad your mother was/ is an inspiration to you.
      However, after watching the movies myself as a child and now as a parent of a child they aren't something that I would want my daughter to watch on the regular/at all.
      To me there are far more real empowered women who 'have it all." That's what I want my daughter to see and learn.

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  3. I agree wholeheartedly. I have wondered since my teens why the Disney Princesses all need to be 'saved' by a man and are all disturbingly similar in appearance (i.e. tiny waist, tumbling tendrils of hair, symmetrical features. Nobody is 'too ethnic' or unusual looking). The effects messages like these are generally subliminal and subtle. No one 'thinks' their children are influenced by them just as no one 'thinks' McD's ads have anything to do with their food choices. 'Oh but you're taking it all too seriously,' some will chuckle. 'It's just a cartoon, relax!' How could anyone really take a cartoon to heart? I would question how deeply to heart women absorb the air-brushed ads for makeup, shampoo and body shapers and despair over how they don't come close to fitting this aesthetic ideal. Words, pictures and images do matter...or companies wouldn't spend billions of dollars promoting them. Just something to think about.

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    1. Funny because not all are saved by men, just Snow White and Aurora because that's how it is in the original fairy tales. People obviously havent seen the films in a long time and dont pay much attention or know many people who grew up watching them. What, now we just cant read, watch, or listen to anything and just live under a rock in order to avoid being influenced by anything. They also all dont look the same, besides, the same artisits worked on several of them so thats why some have a similar look. What's wrong with a girl being saved by a guy occasionally any, it's not like all you women are Super Woman or an Amazon warrior and refuse help from a man, or maybe you are. Most of the princesses either save themselves or save the guy. Maybe you should rewatch the films and pay attention this time.

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  4. Okay, now let me get this all straight forward:
    Snow White: she's just 14, so no wonder she's in love with the idea of love. Also as it's the aldest Disney princess film, the plot of her love is not the best, I must admitt. However the plot of Evil Queen with beauty complex ought to teach girls not to be vain, but enjoy even the hardest of times, just like little Snow White. She is also the purest and most innocent Disney princess. Not a good example to follow, stil?
    Cinderella: She was born in aristocratic family, but since her father died there was NO ONE who really cared about her. Prince Charming was the first one. He wasn't interested in a marriage, until he saw her. Of course, the films is (again) old, so the just fall in love, but in the story it is, that he saw her kindness naturality, which is quite hard to find at court |D
    Aurora: She may have remembered being a princess, so she dreamt about her prince. What's more, she was betrothed to Phillip. As for the middle ages in France/England, she was a lucky bride to have met her fiancee before the wedding. An actually have a casual chit-chat with him!
    Ariel: Now tell me, how she'd meet Eric, if she had fins? Or would you just come up/swim to your crush and tell them "Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I'm a mermaid, so let's get married"? ... Well, maybe it would work. But no one saved Ariel except her dad. She saved him back later, just like she saved Eric and the whole ocean. And stil for ya she's a slave to men?
    Belle: She was the only girl in her village, who could READ. Even Gaston couldn't do that. She was dreaming of a fairy tale adventure and life gave it to her, but not how she expected. Still she saved Beast/Adam not because of her looks, but of love and bravery. Rewatch the film, really. She's been my fav character since I remember, so yeah. I'm a bookworm as well.
    Jasmine:She wasn't interested in politics, but neither was her father. He wanted his daughter to be happy, so she could choose her husband. It's a lot as for the standards of arabic monarchies, trust me. And they met as she pretended to be a casual woman, saw him stealing to live the day, event they escaped together. He recognised her as a princess later on and was ready for anything, even lying, just to be with here. Also she helped Aladdin kick Jafar's ass, by distracting him with her looks.
    That is the power to which most of Disney guys prove vulnerable. So don't treat princesses so weak, when they could simply use their wits, like Megara in Hercules or Esmeralda in Hunchback of Notre Dame. There were warriors like Mulan and Merida, but there were also clumsy Ropunzel, cheerful Anna, introvertic Elsa, hardworking Tiana, motherly lioness Nala, dreaming of unprincessly life lioness Kiara, ladylike dog named Lady, victorian-serious Jane or wise Pocahontas. There's more to it, if you have eyes and are not afraid to use them~ ;)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I almost posted something like this a few weeks ago and it was going to be super long and detailed and even had links to a bunch of articles that proved that this person does not know what they are talking about and that most of the things they wrote were outright false and ridiculous. This article is filled with wrong, invalid information that show that this person sadly does not understand or appreciate these magical films that are beloved the world over and have millions upon millions of fans. Just about every Disney fan would see this article and either laugh and get really angry because so much of it is so incorrect. No wonder most Disney fans avoid these types of articles like the plague, because they are usually obviously written by people that have either not seen the movies recently or paid close attention to them or just like bashing whatever is super popular and overreacting to every little thing, blowing things completely out of proportion and making mountains out of mole hills. Anyway, I decided not to post my message because I was afraid that no one, let alone the author of this article, would see it and because although I was mad for a few days I decided, “who cares if this lady doesn’t like Disney? Why should I care if she cannot enjoy and appreciate the artistry and the magic of these wonderful films and instead chooses to vilify them? Her loss. Millions of people still will go on liking Disney, families will still watch the movies, I will still love the movies, Disney will still survive and be popular and important. Her opinion will not change that, especially when it is based on “information” like the one in this article. It’s o.k. if she doesn’t like it ,even the most popular and beloved people and things have their haters, even Jesus had/has haters, and haters are going to hate and the best thing is to ignore them if they annoy you, although I’m glad that you posted this because it includes some things that I was going to mention. This lady seems like a nice enough person and although I do not like her ultra-feminist ( no wonder people always ignore them, even most women, because they can go too far and be so annoying, picky, and judgemental about everything and everyone) Disney bashing at least she is doing something good with this blog by trying to help other moms. Again, I completely disagree with her but I decided to simply forget about her opinion because people are bound to dislike great things and things that you like even for the dumbest reasons and although they can be annoying and I get mad at first, I just ignore them because their opinion doesn’t matter to me, I will still go on liking Disney and I will make sure to show my children the Disney films and if I am a good parent then even if they watch them they will turn out fine. This lady can think what she wants, that doesn’t mean that everything she said in this article was right, I respect her right to give her opinion but I’ll just ignore it. I choose to be a positive person who focuses on the positive in everything and everyone, I will not pay attention to hate spewing because it is not worth it.

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    2. Btw, I don’t know if this happens to everyone but this blog has a bad habit of erasing my comments after I press publish, it is so annoying because then I have to rewrite everything and many of the things that I originally wrote end up somewhat different and I forget some things. I am sorry to the author if my comment seemed mean at times, that was not my intention, and I am sure that she is a good mom and a strong woman but I simply do not agree with her views on Disney. It’s like if a dog lover meets someone who hates dogs and the hater goes on and on about how they hate dogs, will the dog lover start hating dogs too, about a 98% chance that they will just ignore the hate. That’s the same in this case, I feel that my life has been happier because of Disney being in it but if she chooses to hate it, so be it but her argument is filled with misinformation, generalizations, and a bad, overly critical attitude, as if anything and anyone is perfect.

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  5. Yeah guys, I completely agree, some people just don't get Disney movies and instead choose to complain about every little detail. As if every child that grows up watching them becomes a criminal or alcoholic or anorexic becomes of them. Like you said, her loss, I will still go on enjoying them. She doesn't have to like the princesses but she treats them as if their "flaws" are the only things that these characters are and do, she complains they have flaws but then complains that they are perfect, and none of them is perfect, so I don't know what this lady wants or expects but at least most people seem to get it. Obviously, from this article she doesn't seem that nice or open minded about Disney but from checking out some of her other stuff she seems like a nice person, as you said, and she does have a good cause. I might not agree with her on Disney but I do think that she seems like a fairly cool person and I like that she aims to help teen moms, I just don't like her Disney bashing (although she seems to mainly be bashing the princesses).

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  6. Feminazi, much? Sheesh. As if every girl has to be a tough talking, butt kicker of average weight (because it's bad to be fat or skinny) who hates men and needs no help from anyone. There are women like this, many of them, and they are not weak (not all of them) they are just different than you. Now it's wrong for a girl to want to get married or like dresses and girly things. I grew up with Disney and I'm just fine, my daughters grew up with it and they are great girls, every kid in my family and in the family's of my friends grew up with Disney and guess what, none of them are weak willed or criminals or anorexic or anything like that and if they were it would surely not be Disney's fault. Being a bit dramatic much? Yep, just stay calm and take the movies for what they are, entertainment and don't lie, I saw that you mentioned in another article that you do like some Disney movies just not these princess movies. You do appreciate some things about Disney so don’t go around saying that you hate the whole dang company and all their films when you obviously don’t and I think few people really do. You’ve blown this way out of proportion, as if Disney will bring ruin to anyone who watches it or likes it, that’s simply not true. I do know a girl who was once and anorexic and guess what, she wasn’t anorexic because she watched Disney movies growing up but because she was being pushed to lose weight by her boyfriend at the time and a supposed friend of hers. We can’t blame Disney for all the ills of this world because they have existed long before Disney did. Sure, it does to an extent reflect the attitudes that our society has but so does just about everything else, that’s how it always has been with everything. The health/weight loss craze reflects our society’s attitude that being skinnier is healthier and to an extent it is. Do you want an obese princess? That would get highly criticized as setting a bad example. There are average sized princesses (Merida, Mulan, Pocahontas, etc.) and guess what? There are some girls that are naturally skinny and healthy. My daughter is very thin but she has always been healthy and her body is closer to Ariel’s than any of the princesses. I’ve seen all the princesses body shapes before on healthy women, we are all different.

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  7. Has anyone else seen the upcoming Disney princess, Moana? She's tan, not that skinny, and looks like a Polynesian, like she's supposed to, Disney is changing there imagine of a princess. Not all are girly or very skinny (Mulan, Merida, Pocahontas) and none of them are really weak (some are just products of their times , what were going to ban everything of the pasts from children so that they won't become "weak"), some might argue that Aurora is though but anyway just because the princesses don't always save themselves doesn't mean that they are weak, we all need some help from time to time. We have to teach kids that they aren't superhumans, they sometimes need help from others and must help others.

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    1. Everyone sing with me, the Disney haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate...but shake it off, shake it off.

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    2. Still love you though, girl.

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  8. People talk about body shaming larger girls but people also subtly body shame skinny girls whenever they say, "finally a girl with a normal body" yeah because skinny girls are abnomal. I am skinny and I am completely healthy and my body looks like that of a typical Disney princess, is there something wrong with that? No. Most of the princesses have a normal body shape but really, what is normal? It's bad to be fat, it's bad to be skinny, and people in the middle are not normal just because they aren't one or the other they can be just as unhealthy as anyone skinnier or fatter than them and most fitness people are not "normal sized" anyway. People make too much of a big deal about body sizes in the media, most celebrity women and models are about my size and I consider them "normal looking". It just frustrates me that girls like me are supposedly "unhealthy" because we are skinny, most of us aren't unhealthy and Disney is not promoting unhealthy body images.

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    1. This is a reply to the above comment. Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. It’s like, what are people going to do next? Tell skinny people to not leave their homes so that their kids won’t see them and start developing body issues? Besides, like one girl in a class of mine said recently, what’s in is not being super skinny or anything like that, what’s in is whatever you are not, people with curly hair want it straight, big girls want to be skinny, skinny girls want to be a little curvier, the girl said that she thinks that no woman is completely comfortable with everything about herself and wouldn’t change anything, it’s natural and we don’t need to blame that on the media or the Disney princesses, it’s just something that has always happened, people usually want to be what they aren’t, why do you think make-up has existed for so long? Women have always wanted to look pretty (nothing wrong with that, by the way) and we can’t say that girls of today will be corrupted by the princesses because they have eyes and go out and see people with different body shapes and appearances and can just as easily develop image issues because of what they see in day to day life, what, now we’re going to blind our girls so they won’t be able to see skinny people or white people? Long before Disney women have had image issues so let’s stop blaming everything on Disney because I’ve yet to meet an anorexic girl who blames her condition on fictional characters. Most kids do realize they are not real, can you? I think there isn’t anything wrong with liking Disney or showing it to children, it’s not the evil, corrupting force that some overly dramatic people make it out to be.

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  9. Oh my gosh, this is so wrong. Maybe before you write a hate article you should actually watch the movie closely and read more about it instead of just spewing hatred. Some of this reasoning is pretty dumb and not something that kids would even think about.

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  10. I just love how negative a humans mind can be. I can also make thsee princesses sound like ignorant women of their time, but I can also make them sound like heros and rebels of their time.

    Snow White: A woman who was persucuted by a sphychopathic family member do to jealousy. A woman who had no skills yet venatured on into the unknown, who found dwarfs (a population which were persecuted and thought as worthless to society) instead if judgement she felt understanding and negotiated work for a place to sleep and eat. Sadly a naive woman who in her kindness found her flaw and fell to her death, thankfully a young man saved her life with a kiss, a prince who could help her take back her kingdom and restore her people and maybe even make a better wold for those dwarf...pretty brave/selfess/kind/adventurous....etc

    I CAN KEEP GOING....IT'S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE. You decide whether things are positive or negative.

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