I have angered people. I try not to do that. I do think there are people who hate men, but I think it is mostly caused by thousands of years of misogyny, sexism, inequality, and a powerful patriarchy turning inward on itself. If you want to know my thoughts on this issue, this article articulates them pretty well. I think that’s all I will say on the matter for now. If you are really so upset with my opinion that you feel compelled to unfollow, I hope you have a nice life and a lovely day.
omg being a feminist lesbian is v hard you guys let me tell you about it
in the same camera shot in the same instant i’m like FUCKING MALE GAZE SEXIST OBJECTIFYING BULLSHIT and also LOOK AT HER LEGS GO ALL THE WAY TO THE GROUND GOOD LORD
This post is soooo good at articulating why it’s so harmful to have to relate women to men through their relationships with men
“And the second reason was — during the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios — I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You’ve got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices. But a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing.”
What’s the problem?
The number of good strong male characters in Disney films is approximately zero. Why are you so pissed off that someone wants to change that?
i am replying to this not remotely because you have a strong or remotely factually founded argument (p.s. everyone check that blog out; it’s hilarious and tragic) but because we started a list of disney [animated because i don’t have all day] male protags on twitter that i think is worth sharing:
aladdin, tarzan, kuzco, pacha, hercules, simba, peter pan, quasimodo, both the fox & the hound, pinocchio, taran, mickey, dumbo, the tramp, wart, mowgli, winnie the pooh, oliver, that mouse detective, bambi, mr toad, pongo, milo, jim, kenai, lewis, bolt, wreck-it ralph
and then of female protags, i bolded those characters in whose film a male supporting character still saved/resolved the narrative climax— which, we can talk about themes and power dynamics until the cows come home AND WE SHOULD, but at the end of the day, it is not ariel who defeats ursula
snow white, cinderella, sleeping beauty, alice in wonderland, ariel, belle, pocahontas, mulan, tiana, rapunzel
which is still ignoring all the films made by pixar under disney (all but one about men), all those films about dudes that i don’t know or care what they are, and all those films (the rescuers, the aristocats) in which arguably there are simultaneously a male and female protagonist but the narrative is still, like, super sexist
sexist against women
so for those of you keeping track at home, disney’s record for animated movies with narrative resolving male vs. female protagonists is about 27:4.
#do you know why you only know disney’s female-driven movies? #because they’re better #THEY’RE GODDAMN BETTER #also because you are sexist and any representation seems overwhelming #TOO MANY WOMEN!!!!!!!! you screech when one woman walks into the boys’ club #TOO MANY WOMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Baum’s mother-in-law was none other than famous activist and suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage. She was a frequent visitor at their house, as were many other suffragettes of the time, including Susan B. Anthony. Baum was not only sympathetic to their cause, but active towards it, serving as the secretary for Aberdeen Women’s Suffrage Club, and writing editorials for the “Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer,” urging citizens to vote for women’s suffrage. The revolt of Jinjur in “The Marvelous World of Oz” is an allusion to the women’s movement, and it’s said that the gutsy character of Dorothy was inspired by Matilda, though one can easily see a bit of feisty Maud in her, too.
Though Baum brushed off claims that Oz was at all political, he made a decided choice to make women front and center of the series. They’re princesses, ordinary farmgirls, witches (both good and bad), rag dolls, generals, pastry chefs, and problem-solving faeries. They have adventures, lead search parties, rescue one another, solve difficulties, and challenge the Nome King in combat. Perhaps most significantly, none of the characters -– not Ozma, Glinda, Betsy or Dorothy –- ever engage in romantic relationships. Baum made a point of avoiding such trappings as love interests, because he believed children would find passionate romance boring, and an emotional element which they wouldn’t truly understand. Perhaps there was a personal element in this as well, as Baum, conscious of what Maud sacrificed in order to marry him, allowed his heroines perpetual youth and personal freedom."
I was going to do this in ALL CAPS RAGE because I thought I was leaving the house soon but atually I have like an hour longer than I anticipated SO LET ME TELL YOU A TALE
I have an English degree, I generally enjoy lit (some periods more than others), etc etc blah blah BUT one of the, like, great lies popular culture allows you to believe is that “20something dude sleeps around, finds himself” is the Great American Novel that should win Pullitzers and be published with symbolic stock art on the cover, while “20something woman sleeps around, finds herself” is “chick lit” that should be published exclusively in pastels with pictures of cartoon girls with no heads, or like, handbags and purses. And that shit is crazy pervasive.
One of the events in my education that sticks with me the most is probably when I took my year-long Canadian Lit class. For background, this class, like all of my English lit classes, had about a 5:1 ratio of women to men. So there were maybe 4 or 5 guys in the class. Our professor was a woman, and quite a young one at that. The syllabus for this class had more women authors than any other class I remember taking. Canadian literature actually has quite a number of women in its canon, partially because Canada is a young country and it was less taboo for women to write and easier for women to get published by the time Canadian lit started to be a thing, and partially idk women be writin’. I mean, probably the most famous Canadian writer full-stop is a woman — or at least it’s her that everyone immediately mentions when I say “Canadian lit”.
Okay, so hopefully that adequately set the background. TL;DR there were lots of books/poems/stories on our syllabus written by women, and many of those books/poems/stories were about women. Which is great! Except the prof — who was generally well-meaning and well-informed the rest of the time — then did something in that class no other professor has ever done: she apologized to the men in the class for having to read so many books by women.
That should probably strike you as pretty ridiculous already, but if it doesn’t let’s put it into context. In every other one of my lit classes, the number of male authors heavily outnumbered the female authors. There are some historical reasons for this in certain contexts — it was less accepted for women to write in a lot of periods, for example, and harder for them to get published — but there’s also just the straight-up sexism of an academic canon that preferences dudes. Many of my classes had a sort of, like, token “women’s lit” lecture, usually on the end of the syllabus, where we’d cram in a few poems written by the women of the period. It was almost always at the end of the syllabus, so it was almost always the first lecture to get scrapped if we had to cancel a class or adjust the schedule.
And y’know, tbh, for the most part: fine. There are reasons both legitimate and illegitimate for why that happens. I can deal. But at no point did any professor, man or women, EVER apologize to me and the rest of the women in the class (who were, as I said, always the majority) for having to read so much stuff written by dudes.
But those 4-5 guys in my Can Lit class who had to struggle through a whole year of reading stories about by women, about women? WHAT A TERRIBLE FATE, SO SORRY 4 U AND UR STRUGGLES.
This post is already enormous and I didn’t even really get into the actual meat of the argument, but basically it all boils down to the usual fair which is that women’s lives are “women’s issues” and only a woman could ever/would ever be interested in hearing about that, whereas the (white/cis/straight) male experience is the universal human truth. If you’re a woman author and you want to write about women and you don’t want to be branded “chick lit” or “romance”, your option is basically to write about teenagers and get shoved into “young adult” where you won’t get any respect either, but at least you might get a movie deal.
“There’s Only One Thing To Do When The Internet Calls You Fat”
I laughed, cried, fist pumped and watched it twice.
The BEST thing you’ll see all day.
Bless this lady for this concentrated dose of TRUTHINESS.
I wanted to tell the internet that I am still that shrill and strident fan the comments section has warned you about. I am that angry feminist who has read and agreed with all of those articles, all those skewerings of all those non-existent spines. I have been talking to a wall for years and am frustrated that it has not heard me. I am that woman who should go back to the kitchen, who should be making you a sandwich. I wanted to tell you that, internet, because when I get words buzzing inside of me sometimes I need to let them fly out.
This is a love song, I think.
I love superhero comics even though they tell me that I shouldn’t. I love them enough to spend money, enough to preorder. I don’t like to brag, man, but I have over four thousand posts on the CBR messageboards. I love them enough to have opinions and hold them deeply and Jedi mind-trick myself into believing that one day they will love me back.
“Capable, too, of looking good in impossible pants.”
“Some of them will be happy to see, to know, that when they go to sleep at night it is okay if they dream about punching aliens, too.”
“So they all play both roles, part time, in some impossible whirling dance. Half hero, half object, wholly nothing. As long as they are still putting out comic books that draw women boobs first, that song of empowerment will be part-sham.”
However you feel about Anne, bravo to her for this take down.
Watch interviews with her and with ScarJo about their comic book films. Watch how they always get questions about their bodies and clothing and diets and blah blah blah fucking blah. Watch as the male cast members do not get the same treatment.
Because apparently all we care about when it comes to actresses are their bodies and not, ya know, their acting.
I’m a big fan of actresses answering stupidly sexist questions in scathing, calling-out-that-bullshit ways. Keep it up, y’all.