alexeia_drae: (river tardis)
Last night my mom called me up explaining that my dad was sick and they had an extra ticket to a musical called Bring it On. Always game for a musical, I decided to go. When I met up with my mom she explained that the only reason she got tickets for the show was because she had a buy tickets to four shows deal and this was the only one that looked somewhat decent.

We ended up leaving during the intermission. And the look of horror on my mom's face was priceless. I was laughing all of the way out of the theatre.

Anyway, sexist? Check! Racist? Check! Bad songs? Check! At least the dancing was good. )
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Some people love Disney. Some people hate it. For some people, it is a nostalgic reminder of their childhood. For some, it describes their journey through life, sometimes in a feminist way. For some it mangles and butchers fairytales, and often sanitizes them in a distasteful manner. For others, it perpetuates outdated gender and racial stereotypes. For other people, it promotes the evils of feminism and rebellion against one's parents.

I think to say it is only one of those things is failing to see just how vast Disney is. According to Wikipedia, Disney has 51 animated classics that have been released (with two more in production). The first one, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered about 75 years ago. The world was a different place in 1937 than it is today. To say that Disney is solely this or solely that based on one film is a gross oversimplification.

Would I let my kid watch Disney? Stay tuned! )
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So I was going through the news and I saw an article about My Geeky Pony with a blurb about how My Little Pony is going Geek! And it showed a Wonder Woman My Little Pony.

"Awesome!" I think. "Combing My Little Ponies with strong female characters. This is so going to rock! I'm going to have to buy one! It'd be so cool if they have a Buffy one!"

Then I click on the link and see this. Yes. My Little Slave Princess Leia. Not My Little I Can Use a Blaster and Blow Your Ass Up Leia. Not My Little I Can Lead a Raid on an Imperial Base Leia. But My Little Slave Princess Leia.

Excitement is dead. Way to kill a good idea. And people wonder why it's so hard to attract women to Geekdom.

I'm going to go back to watching Downton Abbey now.

Doctor Who!

Oct. 1st, 2011 08:45 pm
alexeia_drae: (spoilers)
Spoilers! )
alexeia_drae: (chiyopenguin)
Just to show that even though I have a son, I can't stop reading about girls and women's issues for long, I checked out Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein. Reading it makes me glad that I had a son, not a daughter who would only be allowed to wear pink and play with pink colored objects...until I think about how B. will be shamed if he dares to play with a doll in public.

Strange as it seems, I feel pain when I think about how B. may be rejected by society for being B. I want him to feel proud of himself and for others to accept him. I know how narrowed minded people can be and understand that rejection is a part of life, painful as it is. And at the end of the day all I can do is show him that no matter what, I accept him.

Ramblings at the household level. Yes, a larger cultural shift needs to occur, but that won't happen before B. is aware of his world. This is about being a progressive parent during a backlash against progressivism, not how to change the world to my liking. )
alexeia_drae: (giles hat)
Write what you know, you know? That's one school of thought. I always found it limiting. No one knows what it's like to travel in deep space for months on end for instance. But then, if you get it wrong there's no one with experience to hit you over to head with it and tell you why you're wrong.

This is something of the rock and the hard place I feel for white people who are trying to include minorities in their work. If they don't try, they get lambasted. If they try and don't get it quite right, they get lambasted. I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt (I still cling to some naive hope that people generally want to do the right thing) and believe that most people try to do right but because they lack the life experience, get it wrong. You see the same thing with men writing female characters, straight people writing gays, etc.

Yet with tv at least, the writer has an important ally, the actor playing the character who is not like the writer. Long winded stuff under the cut. )
alexeia_drae: (giles hat)
Write what you know, you know? That's one school of thought. I always found it limiting. No one knows what it's like to travel in deep space for months on end for instance. But then, if you get it wrong there's no one with experience to hit you over to head with it and tell you why you're wrong.

This is something of the rock and the hard place I feel for white people who are trying to include minorities in their work. If they don't try, they get lambasted. If they try and don't get it quite right, they get lambasted. I do try to give people the benefit of the doubt (I still cling to some naive hope that people generally want to do the right thing) and believe that most people try to do right but because they lack the life experience, get it wrong. You see the same thing with men writing female characters, straight people writing gays, etc.

Yet with tv at least, the writer has an important ally, the actor playing the character who is not like the writer. Long winded stuff under the cut. )

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