Anna Smith: Disney’s writers are clearly making efforts to produce less compliant female leads â so why are we still lumbered with hourglass figures, tiny feet and huge doe eyes?
Okay. I just found this article on the Guardian. So, here’s the thing.
I agree with the sentiment: women in media (especially animated/video game media, Disney is not the only one guilty of this) are usually unrealistically proportioned, with boobs that do not need a bra, legs that are eight feet long and yada yada.
No argument there.
WHY do we only ever talk about WOMEN when it comes to phony body image in popular media, and the bad messages it sends? Do we really believe that all men are six feet tall, perfectly buff with strong chins and a fabulous mane of hair? Is that why, because we believe that this is how all men look?
Of course not. Some men are bald, some have too much hair, some have crooked noses, weak chins, unibrows and are short and chubby. But why are men never sympathised with when this constant unobtainable image is thrust at them?
I’ll tell you why: it’s because these same women enjoy looking at it and hell who can blame them. It pleases their eyeballs, so they’re not going to complain. After all, they don’t want to see the short, fat, pimply ginger man playing the hero. Quasimodo wouldn’t have been a convincing Flynn Rider. His entire purpose was to be ugly, despite his kind demeanour. He was outcast entirely because he was ugly. Ariel wouldn’t have fallen in love with Quasimodo; she was vain, and attracted to shiny things (did she ever say what a nice personality Prince Eric had, and that’s what mattered? No! The fake-legged bitch spent too much time gawking at his finely angled chin and flirting with his damn dog).
And WHY do they want these hunky heroes? Because it’s FANTASY. It’s the thing we want but will never have - and that’s okay. These same women cry ‘oh wah wah you have this positive buff hero complex, stop whining it’s not a bad thing, they’re not objectified like us poor, poor women with our right to vote, and wear what we want, and join the army, and have executive level jobs, our lives are so HARD and Disney isn’t helping!’ </sarcasm>
They misunderstand what equality is.
With the constant chiseled abs that are thrown at us (yes even in Disney movies), men are just as subject to feeling inferior. With the dashing, charming, perfect-as-a-sunrise men that woo and sing well and whatnot…. Disney portrays men as all the same. Much like the women, the only characters with any body variation are usually villains and the comedy value (incidentally, in which case they’re usually short, fat and ugly).
The problem? This article is actually making excuses for why it’s okay that the men are buffed up stud muffins. (apparently it’s okay because they’re ‘in proportion’ - like shit they are, ain’t nobody getting those triangular shoulders without some serious steroids and perhaps some Dallas-grade shoulder pads).
There is no difference. Bullshit is bullshit is bullshit. This kind of pseudo-rad-feminist fallacy is the reason many people are starting to hate all feminists. Some of you are cool, and believe in true equality and realise objectification and sexism works both ways, but it’s the people who pick and choose to be offended in whatever way supports their cause are giving yourselves and your sisters a bad, bad name.
Even outside of Disney, in the actual movie/magazine/music world, the skinny, short, ginger, receding, bespectacled man is always a dork, a geek, a loser. Men are driven to believe that unless you look like a male model, you’re going to live with your mother forever and your only dates will be online with someone who’s probably secretly a dude.
And yet for some reason this is deemed okay and unsexist. It’s funny, and it’s considered ironic to crush on the geek. It should not be. Like, we spew how we want women to be shown in all sizes, un-photoshopped to show what ‘real’ women look like. Well, so should men, without the added comedy value.
I read about Disney’s so called misogyny and sexism and whatnot constantly on reblogs and shares and I am so tired of it. This is exactly the sort of bullshit that is making sexism between genders WORSE.
Rant bloody well over, now where’s my tea and motherfucking biscuits.