The Subtle Evil of Disney Magic
I enjoyed the irony in the article that we read for Monday. The authors took Disney, a symbol of happiness and magic, and portrayed it as an evil empire that attempts to oppress another generation of young girls every seven years. I also thought it was interesting how they pointed out that during the Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty Years, all of the writers at Disney were male. This brought an interesting picture to mind: a group of old, womanizing men sitting in an underground lair, smoking cigars, drinking gin, wearing suits, and discussing how to not only oppress women through cartoons, but how to reinforce the patriarchal way of life through cartoons about princesses.
For these reasons, I think that the article was a little on the dramatic side, and also little bias considering it was written by three women. I wonder what it would have been like if a man had been involved with it. I honestly don’t think that Disney cartoons have a huge impact on the way women act. I know girls that have seen Cinderella a thousand times, and they don’t care about being pretty, or courteous, or polite. Also, I know girls who have seen Pocahontas a thousand times, and they don’t care about having dreams, or being free-spirited, or what is just around the river-bend. In my opinion, this article is just looking for a scapegoat, and ironically, they decided to pick Disney.
People don’t act the way they do because they saw some trite cartoon a few dozen times. They act the way they do because of how their parents raised them, and who their friends are, and what kind of experiences they’ve had during their lifetimes. It’s absurd to blame a cartoon for spreading patriarchy, and oppressing women.