“Rape culture is a culture in which people who have survived a violent crime are asked to laugh about it because other people think it’s funny.”—I wish I could put this on a business card and hand it out to people who make rape jokes. The flip side would say FUCK YOU. (via beatricebaudelaires)
something which is strategy, has a plot, and there’s a clear game-play. and in the case of fantasy games, nothing misogynistic (as I’ve heard Skyrim is. which is a shame cos I really wanted to get that.) I’d also go for something similar to a Mario game but that’s unlikely.
Comments, ideas, ideologies, animations. Tell me how you feel; be honest and frank.
Do Disney Princesses represent you as a female? Why? Why not?
Please answer and reblog-this is for a term paper, but I would like it to be something so much bigger.
All comments are welcome.
imo, they don’t represent me at all. There are aspects of certain princesses which I liked when I was younger, such as Belle’s love of books, but then once that princess got her “happy ending”, that character trait seemed to disappear. I’ve heard other girls called “Cinderella” or “Ariel” or “Snow White”, but as a WoC I’ve had “Pocahontas”, not because I am in any way similar to Pocahontas but because I’m brown and I have long black hair. And, uh, what about a princess who doesn’t find true love? A princess who doesn’t get married? A princess who doesn’t find the man and end her story right there? What about a lesbian princess? What about a princess who is just kickass, goes to university, gets a joint honours degree in French & History, moves to France and then travels the world meeting people and learning about different cultures? Where’s that princess? Where’s my princess?
As a feminist, I avoid watching Disney Princess movies as much as possible, because I can’t help but cringe every other minute. No, Cinderella, you will not be saved by a fairy godmother who gives you the means to find your man. Your oppression will not end because you get married. Shit happens after that too. Ariel, why would you give up your beautiful voice, something you love, for a man? You don’t even know the consequences of that choice.
Mulan, you are probably my favourite. Just for the “I never want to see a naked man again” line, probably. I even had issues with the end of that movie and the terrible, awful grandmother. And the emperor’s, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” Okay, cool, Disney. Now go make a film about a badass girl who watches the man she likes walk away. And ensure a character says to the girl, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” Make sure “the flower” and “beautiful” refer to the man who is walking away, and make sure the viewer is aware of that. Revert gender stereotypes. Have a princess in jeans and a t-shirt. Give her a hoodie. Represent all girls. And don’t make the leading man classically ‘handsome’ or strong. Everyone has weaknesses, and it really irks me that a Disney princesses is the one with more weaknesses than her male counterpart. Can Ariel and Belle fall in love? Can that happen?
Last week the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, and that’s given me an opportunity to think even more than usual about how much I love the series. And as I was thinking about that, I realized that you, Ginny Weasley, are more awesome than Viktor Krum is surly. You are more excellent than Peter Pettigrew is cowardly. You are a badass feminist witch and I am so glad that you are around as a heroine for young women reading the Potter series.
Let’s start from the beginning. When you first got to Hogwarts, you had a huge crush on Harry Potter. You even sent him a singing valentine. Remember, “I wish he were mine, he’s really divine, the hero who conquered the Dark Lord?” Yeah, that was embarrassing. And he wasn’t interested because he was, like, 12, and despite being a hero, he’s actually kind of socially inept. Then, you were possessed by a bit of Voldemort’s soul and started petrifying people, and when that bit of soul realized it could use you as bait to get to Harry, it nearly killed you. But Harry saved you, and made sure you didn’t get expelled from Hogwarts, and things got even more awkward because that’s what happens when the boy you have a crush on saves your life but doesn’t like-like you back. Hermione noticed you were mooning over Harry and advised you to go out with some other guys, partly because she thought you might be able to loosen up around Harry if you weren’t constantly thinking about how into him you were.
So you went out with other guys. Lots of them. You even went out with one of Harry’s classmates, Dean Thomas, in your fifth year. Your older brothers gave you a hard time about dating so many guys, but you refused to let them slut-shame you. When two of them tried to hint that you were “moving through boyfriends a bit fast, don’t you think?” you told them that it was none of their business who you went out with. When Harry and Ron walked in on you kissing Dean it was a huge to-do – Harry was jealous because he’d developed a thing for you, and Ron was jealous because he’d never kissed a girl at that point. Ron said some really slut-shamey things and you were having none of it. You told him that there was nothing wrong with sexuality (well, I think the word you used was “snogging” but personally I think that sounds like a Scandinavian winter sport). When you and Harry finally got together later that year and Ron said that he could revoke his “permission” for you to date him at any time, you set him straight: you don’t need anyone’s permission to date, or to snog. And all those guys you dated, you broke with for really good reasons. You broke up with Michael Corner because he was a bad loser, and you broke up with Dean because he was always treating you like you couldn’t do things for yourself.
You’re also a great athlete. In your fourth year, you tried out for the Gryffindor quidditch team after training in secret because you were afraid your brothers would laugh at you (by the way, it must be really tough being the only daughter in a family with six brothers. I don’t know how you managed that). And it turned out that you were really good at quidditch. You even subbed in for Harry when he got kicked off the team just before the tournament final, and you led the team to victory!
You’re politically aware, too, and a bit of a rebel. In your fourth year, when the Ministry of Magic was interfering at Hogwarts and students weren’t learning how to defend themselves against dark magic, you joined Harry’s secret Defense Against the Dark Arts study group, where you learned to cast some seriously good spells. When Harry left Hogwarts, you were one of the students who kept that group going, trying to sabotage the people who were trying to take over Hogwarts, and risking punishment by torture to do it.
Finally, you’re really courageous. You weren’t afraid to stand up to the Ministry when it interfered at Hogwarts, and you threw yourself headfirst into battle with dark wizards on several occasions. Hell, when you were 16, you took on Bellatrix Lestrange, the fiercest and most deadly of Voldemort’s supporters. Well, you would have if your mother hadn’t stepped in at the last minute to finish Bellatrix off herself with that unforgettable line: “Not my daughter, you bitch!”
All that said, I’m not thrilled with the way you’ve been depicted on screen. I think they make you out to be way less self-reliant and way less gutsy than you are in the book. And I don’t know why they had you tie Harry’s shoes in the sixth movie; it was really out of place. Maybe they meant it as a fellatio metaphor, but let’s be honest: you’re Ginny Weasley. You probably give real blowjobs, not metaphorical ones.
In the books, though, you are an inspiration. Ginny, I am so glad that I got to read about you and your adventures when I was growing up. I am so glad that other girls and young women will have you as a fictional heroine, as well as Hermione and Professor McGonagall and Luna Lovegood and all the other great women that Rowling created over the course of this series. And I’m glad that Harry ends up with you; it’s nice to see the smart, brave, unashamedly sexual, athletic girl chosen for a change.
“Did you ever see one of those videos where you are asked to look for, or follow, a specific thing through out the video? Then, at the end, they reveal that as you were watching, something large and intrusive moved around in plain sight and you never even noticed it. It’s frightening how often that happens, like how I just moved from the doorway into your room as you read this.”—(via creepypasta) (via iwillskinyou)
° Watson is no longer the accomplished and decorated war hero and army doctor, two aspects of the character which have always, in some way or another, coloured the way the character behaves and the decisions they make. Not only does it change the character, but it sends a…