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Women in Disney

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by Yamil

Disney has been established as one of the biggest, strongest and most influential companies in today’s pop culture. A whole generation has grown up watching their movies and buying their products.  Girls have watched the stories unfold, dreaming that one day “prince charming” will come and they will get their “happily ever after”. Boys thinking that this is the mold a woman should follow.  But is this idea correct? Is the way they portrait women the most accurate and adequate example of what a woman should be? Is this image dangerous and toxic to our children?

For decades Disney has portrayed women as individuals with no more aspirations that singing songs, waiting for prince charming. Always the victim, the misunderstood, they would wait for the man of their dreams to come and save them from their misery. Take Snow White for example. She’s mistreated by her stepmother so she runs away to be protected by the dwarves. When they fail only true love’s kiss is able to save her. As expected the prince comes, glorious, and saves the day, and they live happily ever after.  But is that to be expected in real life? Disney gives a false sense of reality to these stories which can give young children reason to believe they need to fill these stereotypes.

Almost every protagonist in a Disney movie follows a stereotype of what a woman should be. They are similar in body type and similar in personality. The story revolves around them but they play a very passive role on it. On the other hand, the prince who is mostly absent gets the glory and the girl. At some point one might even consider it chauvinist.  Even when the girl is able to play a great part like in Mulan, the need to transmit her as a male character makes it a little hypocritical. Another example of chauvinism in these movies can be found in Beauty and the Beast.  Belle, as a semi-independent and intelligent girl is forced to go to great lengths just to find true love. She’s mistreated, and also faces violence, but just to find the inner prince on the “beast” she withstands it all. Isn’t this developing in girls a really dangerous idea?

With all these points we can see that Disney’s image of a woman follows a stereotype created by men. These women are controlled by men and base their decisions on the goal of finding that male partner. The image of a woman whose only purpose is to serve and who’s survival depends entirely on their male counterpart. This are extremely dangerous messages that are being sent to our younger children daily and whose should be explained to younger children to avoid confusion.

..::Music Monday::..

Posted in Music Monday on October 18, 2010 by Yamil

New music Monday post!!!

Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)

Sia – Breathe Me

AetherBorn – Darkness Falls


And last but not least the new song by Willow Smith called “I Whip My Hair”. Are ten-year-old kids too young to be introduced to the media world? Apparently not Will Smith’s daughter that is already causing quite an impression in the US.


..::YouTube Singers::..

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 by Yamil

After all these serious, kinda depressing posts this last few weeks I wanted to post some music to cheer up the blog a bit. Since I already have Music Monday (which I totally forgot doing this week…I know) I decided to share with you some mildly unknown YouTube singers.

As many of you already know YouTube has caught the attention of aspiring artists because they can showcase their talents and maybe even get discovered by sharing their videos. One example is Greyson Chance, the 12-year-old kid that after posting his video singing Paparazzi gained worldwide recognition and landed a contract with Ellen Degeneres’ new record company.

After the jump I’ll post a few more artists whose covers and originals songs have made me hit the yellow subscribe button on YouTube.

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A little quote…

Posted in INGL3231 on October 14, 2010 by Yamil

“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

I just heard this on my favorite podcast Smart Mouths and I wanted to leave it here cause it really goes with the whole bullying issue that we are discussing. Props to Elysa Montfort for being a “quote w#%$e”. (BTW I’m quoting her on that too. =] )

Bullying

Posted in INGL3231, Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 by Yamil

Over the past few weeks we have been hearing in the news some stories about kids committing suicide after being teased and bullied repeatedly for their sexual orientation. I find it impossible, as a human being, NOT to comment on the tragic events that have been happening.

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