This is some human being’s definition of a “complete mess”.
How stripping off to play Helen of Troy on the London stage changed the way I feel about my body
It’s October. It’s dusk. It’s the second week of rehearsals for The Trojan Women, a modern version of Euripides’ tragedy in which I’m greedily playing three different…
This is a completely awesome essay by Louise Brealey about getting naked on stage to play Helen of Troy. She has some wonderfully insightful things to say about body image, and also about acting (as both a craft and a business).
I use a tumblr tag reading “Brealey is our queen” for posts about Louise Brealey and/or Molly. I started using it partially as a joke because she is in many ways a Sherlock fangirl but she’s actually on the show. However, the tag just gets more and more accurate with everything I learn about her. She’s a feminist in word and deed. She’s funny, smart, and brave. And of course she’s beautiful. All the hearts to this woman.
This is wonderful.
ARE PEOPLE SERIOUSLY PULLING THE “OH HERE WE GO AGAIN ATTRACTIVE BLONDE WHITE PROTAGONISTS IN A DISNEY MOVIE” CARD
FROZEN IS BASED ON THE SNOW QUEEN, A STORY WHICH ORIGINATES FROM SCANDINAVIA
NATIVE SCANDINAVIAN PEOPLE ARE WHITE AND BLONDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DO NOT DRAG YOUR SOCIAL JUSTICE BULLSHIT INTO MY DISNEY
OP you didn’t even try, did you
The hell i won’t.
It’s not “”“”“social justice bullshit”“”“. I’m sorry that you’re content, because it’s, as you say, your Disney under fire here, to completely ignore the racial backtracking by the company.
I’m sorry that you’re comfortable believing that a story in which a woman fucking controls snow and there is a talking snowman is no place for anyone who isn’t white. That kind of antiquated thinking? It’s dangerous. It’s dangerous and pervasive and it’s used as justification for the continuous exclusion of POC characters and non-Eurocentric locations from such famous, untouchable paragons of film as Disney. It’s what keeps people from feeling bad when they make movie after movie of the same lily-sienna heroes and heroines.
The world isn’t all white.
Maybe, just maybe, that kind of thinking was acceptable in the 50s, when Walt was still around. Nowadays, are you fucking kidding me?
Fairy tales and fables, while they may have particularly well known retellings, all have common roots. There are multiple versions of similar tales from all around the world, ranging from ones like Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast. The Snow Queen may be “Scandinavian”, but it wouldn’t be hard to find one from a different culture with similar threads. How great would an Inuit version of the tale be?
You can count the number of POC princesses on one hand. That’s about a third.
I (and apparently, not a lot of people) am saying “here we go again” with Anna because it’s tired. She doesn’t look new. We have blonde, white, blue eyed princesses. What will her story bring to the table?
What about the little girls who are going to watch this movie and feel wrong about themselves because no one looks like them? What about the girls who still don’t have anyone who looks like them?
Culture reflects society. These films reflect how people think.
And what people are thinking is that white is the default. Blonde is the default.
And I’m sick of people standing for that shit.
Fuck you and goodnight :)
^^^ why bella is infinitely better than all ~8000 of the fuckers who agreed with op
These are screencaps from the 1957 Soviet film by Lev Atamanov found at Animation Treasures. This is, with the exception of taking out the demon, pretty much a word for word retelling of the original Snow Queen fairytale. There’s a lot of room in this fairytale for diversity if you try as show from version that didn’t really try at all.
I’ll just add, for the third time, how disheartening it is that Disney is going out of its way to make this story about a white dude. It’s not that this story isn’t diverse and they’re being too lazy to change it. They are actively changing the story and erasing characters to center it around a white guy and his cute male animal sidekicks. And that’s sad.
They are actively changing the story and erasing characters to center it around a white guy and his cute male animal sidekicks. And that’s sad.
Truth truth truth truth truth.
And they’re doing this exact same bullshit for the second fucking time.
Also, Disney isn’t just using white people, they’re using white people while appropriating indigenous culture.
It’s like they’re actively working to be the least progressive possible with this adaptation.
Look at these awesome ladies and their awesome relationships.
Once Upon A Time has never gotten a good look at the Bechdel Test
because it’s always passed too quickly.
Now check out this little boy being doted upon by his two moms.
Once Upon A Time: Where The Ladies Are
black and latina women earning 61 and 52 cents respectively on the white man’s dollar are pretty devastating numbers but the only number you’re gonna be hearing about is the 72 cents
You know I have to ramble about Sailor Moon.
I actively adore both the anime and the manga and think both have their place in my dorky shrine of excellent inspiring tales about ladies.
But I think it was correct of Naoko to note when asked about the difference between the manga and the anime that her story is a story by a woman, about women, and for women and that men are involved in the anime so there’s a male influence there. Does this mean 100% bad, and do I think she was trying to say it’s terrible? No. But I do think it’s a thing to consider, especially in regards to the male gaze that definitely could be present in the anime. Both the anime and the manga had like, sexualized content, but the content in the anime is seen through a different lens because this is men doing it. And Takuechi herself allegedly was critical of the male gaze sometimes (like, on one hand she thought the transformations were pretty and on the other hand was a little squicked out is pretty clear)
Let’s look at the pos and neg here in major changes
1. Usagi and Mamoru. Naoko has straight up said she crafted Mamoru to be her ideal dude, and that’s reflected in how she made him basically the most supportive boyfriend in the world who admits pretty immediately when he screws up and is basically constantly open about how much he completely adores Usagi and thinks she’s the most kickass girl in the universe 24/7. Seriously, once an arc you have Mamoru going “THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE USAGI UR MY INVINCIBLE HERO” and Usagi being like “NO PROB BB I’LL ALWAYS PROTECT YOU”. Naoko worked really, really hard on presenting a positive relationship to girls so they could see “yeah, it is possible for a guy to really respect you, don’t settle for less.”Really, manga Mamoru is probably one of the most healthy, feminist boyfriends in all of shoujo. There’s also the fact the manga flat out said Mamoru was going to take over the rearing of Chibiusa so Usagi could do what she wanted, and also presented their mutual miscommunications and drama and jealousy as real problems they had to work through together by communicating.
Mamoru’s main problem in the manga is he actually is this kid with really low self esteem who feels he lucked out way too much by landing with Usagi and he *burdens* her, and Usagi helps him work through that- in the anime, it could be kind of the opposite, with Usagi demonstrating really low self esteem in regards to Mamoru at times and feeling she’s not good enough, even being told by others she better shape up or she’ll lose him. Kinda not as subversive.
I think the animators don’t really have Naoko’s idea of what the ideal boyfriend is, so they had a certain idea of how boys and girls should interact, that guys need to be stoic and tough and all that shit, and so we got shit like the R break-up and paternalism and Mamoru swooping into save the day rather than his manga role of being like “hey sailor moon im yer backup i’ll give you some of my power i’d die if it meant you could fight go get em gurl”. and stuff. On the other hand, the fact they were not as interested in presenting the relationship meant that the anime tended to focus on the friendships and side characters more than the manga did and Mamoru was less prominent and also a lot more in the mold of being this domestic guy who is there to support Usagi in later seasons.
However, I do feel even in later seasons it didn’t reach that height of equality. And it’s reflected in small things like, in the manga when Mamoru left he basically babbled to Usagi that he’d miss her so much and he’d write to her, while in the anime Mamoru was all “I’LL BE REALLY BUSY” and Usagi was the one being like “I’LL WRITE TO YOU THO”. The anime was clearly kinda uncomfortable with having a guy be so openly devoted, dependent and emotional in that situation.
It’s not that Mamoru isn’t a subversive shoujo love interest in the anime who clearly totally believes in Usagi- it’s just that he’s a lot moreso in the manga, and that actually makes the relationship both more feminist and more real. On the other hand, as I said, it’s kind of nice that the anime doesn’t focus on him as much.
2. Sex- Usagi sort of subtly is interested in sex with Mamoru in the anime and propositions him for it, and it goes over his head. In the manga, she similarly is the one who’s more aggressive and interested in sex, and Mamoru like…well, he responds. They have sex in the manga, or get close to having sex a lot.
“You Can’t Be a Princess” | Journalists from ABC’s “What Would You Do?” planted hidden cameras in a Halloween store and filmed shoppers’ reactions to a boy who wanted a princess costume and a girl who wanted a Spiderman costume.This makes me very sad and angry…
I believe this has a place on this blog.
This made me cry…
Oh hey, angry lump in my throat. Welcome back. Huh? Nope, you haven’t missed much. People are still awful.
Disney’s First Latina Princess of the Day: Auburn hair and blue eyes? Seems legit.
you’re fucking kidding me
I thought you and I had discussed this.
#’getting strong without being broken first’ is like all i want from anything but especially girl monster stories #stop making women small before you let them be big #i am tired of revenge stories #i am tired of all my heroines hurting
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