This is what happens when your friend reminds you about audio editing. I ended up lowering the pitch on Let It Go from the new Frozen movie. And I gotta say, it’s really nice. Have yourself a listen and see what I mean.
And of course I had to draw a quick genderbend for this
just because Elsa doesn’t want a man or has any romantic feelings doesn’t mean she is gay or asexual.
She could be, but, really?
we can’t just assume that because she doesn’t have a love interest.
I don’t want a boyfriend. I think boys are stupid and a waist of time. Does that make me gay or asexual? No, I’m straight, not being attracted to anybody at the moment doesn’t make you asexual.
No on is saying that Elsa is queer just because she has no love interest. People are saying that a queer reading of Elsa is possible because many of the things she SAYS resonate with OUR stories and because her narrative contains many parallels to a traditional coming out narrative.
And here’s the important note: There is no more evidence that Elsa is STRAIGHT, so why is THAT the assumption? Why is a queer reading the aberration of the norm that has to be justified when there is literally NO EVIDENCE that Elsa is straight?
Sometimes I feel like nothing is good enough for tumblr. Disney portrays a strong female character. It’s not good enough because she’s white. Google does something for Elimination of Violence Against Women day. It’s not good enough because it’s not smacked in your face. You have to cherish the little victories, folks. The cup isn’t always half empty.
FINALLY SOMEONE FUCKING SAYS IT
"someone finally fucking says it"
what did they say again???????
"you should be content with the things society gives you. you shouldn’t ask for more. you should shut up. be quiet. sit down. stop your whining. isn’t this good enough for you? how dare you want more. i give you a slice of cake and you’re mad because you’re allergic to it. how was i supposed to know that? you should be grateful i even tried. nothing is ever good enough for you. how dare you want something better. how dare you keep asking, wanting, fighting. shut up. know your place."
I want to share something with you guys. Today at work I found myself singing along to Elsa’s “let it go” (Frozen and that wretched snowman are part of the new show Winter Dreams) and I have no shame in it because it’s a fantastic song. Great music, vocals, lyrics. Complex female characters. Fuck yeah. Girls being awesome. fuck yeah. white girls being awesome. fuck yeah.
you know what? nothing has changed much since I was fucking 9 years old in toys r us barbie aisle and just wondering which disney princess looked like me the most. nothing.
as yeah I’ll sing along to elsa’s “let it go” and praise for strong female characters~~ who are ofc white because we are all women and we all bleed red let it go yeah. and i will feel so empowered when i hear it because i know thats the closest i will ever be to achieving to having a complex female character and i better be damn grateful disney let me have this moment. because who am I as a mexican woman to ask ‘hey can you have someone look like me pls i’ve waited since 90s’. i am such ungrateful bitch to not fall in love with anna, whose blonde hair is exactly the same as that fucking toys r us aisle which was covered with every single strand of yellow hair and creamy white skin.
yes for let it go and elsa. because yes my white sisters i been here since 1992 and i grew up with your movies and you still think of me as an alien to what is you. but atlas i am equal when it comes to your princesses because we are all women and some bullshit you tell yourself to feel better. do not worry i will blink my eyes really fast because if i do belle and snow white will be mexican. and i will not cry to the fact i grew up identifying w women that never gave a crap about me. i am like ariel and i want to be human. i want to fucking exist in a disney film under no contracts or conditions in to which i am detained by notion that the establishment of reality needs to be defined for me even to breathe in the film. please dont make me a maid. i can be as fragile and pretty as rapunzel you got to know me. i am as fragile and pretty as her, don’t make me a maid. i could even be your snow queen. i really could if you let me.
when’s it my turn? i wanna be part of your world, disney.
i am tired of singing to songs that are sung by women who dont think i exist. nothing is good enough for me. because in reality all you gave me was nothing.
hi! :) i'm doing an essay on diversity in the workplace, media, and children's literature, and I was wondering if you had any articles that I could get some useful information on? (because I just realized most of my points are coming from posts I've seen on your blog and i can't really cite you as a source. :P)
look in the faq, i have links to all the stuff that is relevant to the blog and alot of stuff is sorcible.
"This positioning of Lilo (who is by default representing Native Hawaiians as a whole) as inferior is reinforced through other mechanisms in the film: her idolization of Elvis Presley isn’t just a school girl crush, it is an upholding of American culture, as brokered by an iconic white man (who made a career off a music form leeched from African American culture), whose own Hawai‘i-based films, Blue Hawaii (1961), and Paradise Hawaiian Style (1966) also contributed to the colonial imagining of Hawai‘i.
Yet despite these egregiously negative, stereotyped characterizations, what is most disturbing is how Disney places itself as the source of Hawaiian culture values through its insistence in redefining what they are. First and foremost is the Hawaiian concept of ‘ohana’ (family). This is a main message of the film, whose oft-cited feel-good tag line, ‘Ohana means nobody gets left behind’ has redefined what this word means to an otherwise ignorant and gullible audience.”
This is an interesting article about an otherwise praised movie (by both Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian activists, from what I’ve seen) that provides insight into underlying issues with Lilo and Stitch’s presentation of Hawaiian culture. I don’t know if I agree with all of the points but it’s a good read, I’d love to know what other Native Hawaiians think.
Hm yeah it’s definitely been an interesting read as I go through it. I’d co-sign that I’m not sure I’d agree with all of it, but they bring up some points I hadn’t really thought about before, as well as good info about the origins of the locational setting of the film. I had known about the issues with Elvis before though they definitely explore it more in-depth.
That Lilo, a young, indigenous female character, cannot recognize that Stitch’s alien character is not a dog speaks to the colonial trope of native (and female) as stupid. Her undisciplined behavior, perhaps typical of an orphan child seeking her place in the world, comes across as settler colonialism storytelling at its best—an uncivilized native (female) in need of domestication.
While Lilo’s parents have died, Lilo is not alone—she has an older sister, Nani, who tries to care for her. This situation puts the siblings at odds with the government, represented by the Department of Social Services. Here the movie draws from a tired stereotype—another indigenous family depicted as dysfunctional and inept at handling their own domestic affairs, in desperate need of the government’s paternalistic shepherding, guiding them along the fixed path from savagery to civility, playing into and reinforcing settler ideas already held about indigenous peoples.
They also pointed out that, in addition to the setting of Hawaii being pretty… unplanned… (they had originally planned on it being in Kansas and then “Sanders looked at a map” and changed his mind) the whole idea of using Ohana came after a tour guide told them about it on a tour of Hawaii?? Which seems really… lacking in substantial understanding of the term, not a good basis for using it (which the piece explains further.)
In Disney’s Pelekai ‘ohana, this is certainly not the case—Lilo and Nani constantly bicker, and Lilo demonstrates no respect for her older sister Nani, who does her best to safeguard her younger sister.
Reframing the story within the western context of individualism erodes the strength, beauty, and complexity of the ‘ohana concept, and does a great disservice to Hawaiian culture—Stitch is redeemed as an individual, a point necessary to fulfill Disney’s narrative formula. However, it is a point made at the expense of traditional Hawaiian family values and a destroyed indigenous familial structure.
this general section was interesting to me since it reminded me a lot of what I’ve read about and written about in regards to many other Disney movies starring WoC protagonists; namely, that Disney re-writes their cultures in this way to fit a Western narrative formula, in a way that does a disservice to how we learn about past cultures or understand present ones.
Two blogs that may be of interest to you and/or your followers are yourfaveisqueer and yourfaveispoc. They don't focus exclusively on Disney, but they're great blogs to offer new perspectives on different characters and fandoms. :)
As you guys may or may not know I am Mexican and Dia de los Muertos is a holiday close to my heart.
So anyways I was getting sad because we don’t really celebrate this holiday in my house because my aunt is a little creeped out by it. I…
Since I was sixteen and until recently I had an altar I kept year round that I decorated for Dia De Los Muertos around the last week of October. However, I was never really told how to dispose of rotting food offerings. When I lived near families graves,like my grandfather’s, I would just bring it there. Other times I would put it under my window at night outside like after the first week of November.But I left most of the offerings on the altar, things like candies,carrots, cookies. I asked my grandma what to do with it since I was moving and she had me pack it all up in a box. She then blessed it when I wasn’t around and had my cousin bike it down to the port and toss it behind his back into the water. She told him not to look back. I think I failed at this holiday.
about that dia de los muertos post,i just want to share a funny story(I would've replied directly to the post but the characters didn't let me) well. when i was 13, i was talking with my friends on school and the DDLM was very close and came into the conversation,they we're talking about go to the cemetery,and they asked me: are you going to visit your granpa? and i said. "no, he's at my aunt's house" they stared at me."HIS ASHES" i started to laugh so hard, well btw, i'm mexican & i♥your blog.