Feminism / Films

Animated Children’s Films Series at Bitch Flicks: Despite an Intelligent Heroine, Beauty Obsession, Sexism & Stockholm Syndrome Taint Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Originally published at Bitch Flicks as part of their Animated Children’s Films Series. An intelligent, strong-willed, female protagonist. Who reads books. And seeks adventure. With a heroine like Belle, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, must be a feminist-minded film. Right?? At first, I thought so too. But appearances can be deceiving… Hailed by critics as … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

Why Feminist Reviews of Animated Children’s Films at ‘Bitch Flicks’ Matter

Media affects how we view gender roles and identity. Children learn gender performance through movies, books, and TV. So all this week, and last week too, my fave feminist blog Bitch Flicks is featuring posts analyzing gender and female characters in animated children’s films. Inspired by her niece’s birthday party, Bitch Flicks co-founder Steph Rogers … Continue reading

Feminism / Films

Why I’m Excited About Pixar’s ‘Brave’ & Its Kick-Ass Female Protagonist…Even If She Is Another Princess

A few days ago, Disney’s Pixar released its trailer for its newest animated film, Brave. Why is this such a huge deal? Why am I so freaking excited to see it?? Because out of the 12 films Pixar has produced, not one has featured a female protagonist. Not one. Until now. Pixar’s first fairy tale, … Continue reading