This about sums up how I feel about the Merida changes.
I wasn’t aware of these changes and now that I am, I am extremely disappointed in Disney.
And props to the woman who did this video.
There is a great petition that goes with this video as well. So sign it HERE.
NO, NO, NO, NO. DO NOT MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THIS. Yeah we get it, Merida’s a strong young woman and she’s an exemplary role model for young girls, especially if they’re more ‘tom-boyish’. But NO. This new drawing is normal.
It’s a different art style. They had to give her a makeover to help her to fit in when in line with the older princesses, just like they did with Rapunzel. Don’t forget that Mulan was strong and independent, and Disney still displays her in the dress she hated wearing. Don’t forget that Cinderella was kind and strong against all odds in a maid’s uniform, but she is always represented in a sparkly dress she only wore for one night. Don’t forget that while you are all ranting and raving about the fact that Merida shouldn’t be changed because she is a character who shows that appearances don’t make up the person… you are only reinforcing the idea that the appearance makes the person.
Not only is this picture extremely NON-sexual- she’s not wearing lingerie, for God’s sakes, it’s just a sparklier dress in a style of art more similar to the older princesses- but it’s also just a picture. It doesn’t change anything about Merida or what she means, and it will NOT change what she means to young girls who look up to her character.
In fact, the only real effect it may have would be on girls who enjoy girly things, and would enjoy being as strong as Merida WHILE wearing sparkly dresses and makeup.
I’m so sick of teenagers being treated like crap. Yes, we get it, we’re stupid and don’t know what we’re doing and we’re immature. The least you could do is help us to become adults, rather than trash us for not understanding the world as well as you do.
you know, i’m a raging lesbian and i was never distracted by what other girls in my classes were wearing in high school. this is a male problem, not an “attracted to women” problem.
This is an “inability to respect women” problem.
Which is a male problem.
Women can disrespect women too.
We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.
What if when people are dying the bright lights are the lights of the world, from the hospital or whatever room they’re dying in, and when we tell them not to go into the light they don’t and then they die?
Take a Hint- Victoria Justice & Elizabeth Gillies
YOU ASKED ME WHAT MY SIGN IS AND I TOLD YOU IT WAS STOP
So let’s take a moment to talk about how fucking badass this fucking song is.
I’m sorry but it seems to me like only a few lines out of this song are actually about feminism vs. people being assholes. “Take your hands off my hips” and “no means no” are good messages but most of the lyrics in this song are just these girls being snotty because some poor guy took a chance on saying hello and trying to get a date with a pretty girl.