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Disney and Marketing Language: Disney Princess Tiaras
All of these item descriptions were found on Disney’s online store, click names for links.
- Keepin that native hair under control with a tiara styled specifically after something popularized by European royalty, encrusted jewels and all? This is kind of like when people claim their great-grandmother was a “native american princess.” (it’s superimposing European ideals and concepts over what Native cultures really were despite the history of what Europeans did to Native people)
- Feathers aren’t even a part of Pocahontas’s original design (and this design is labeled “Feather girl”). This is not a comment about designs changing so much as it is a comment about there being numerous distinct and diverse native groups, but a feather is treated as a recognizable symbol for all of them, and any character, at any point in time
- Choosing a gilded, jeweled feather ( it’s a peacock feather: not even native to North America) adds an additional context of “every girl wants to wear gold on their head like a typical European princess” which was not part of movie Pocahontas’s personality, and treads even more over the original (real) Pocahontas and her history.
- Did anyone remember what problems a search for gold created in this movie??! hii
- JASMINE’S DREAM WAS NOT FULFILLED BY BEING A SULTAN’S DAUGHTER?? That is the exact opposite of Jasmine; she hated being treated like that was her sole identity. She was not just someone’s daughter; being a rich, powerful man’s daughter was not her dream!
- What is up with the phrase “Arabian desert dream”
- Also worth noting that the description is about how your “princess” [daughter, etc] will feel, which makes it doubly messed up.
- Included this as an example of how the language in these is very gender specific. HER beauty will be frozen in time; the tiaras themselves are labeled “Tiaras for girls" just in case anyone was getting ideas of not following the gender binary and allowing anyone to play with tiaras or something
- The language in Disney merchandising for girls often comes down to “beauty.” Disney’s merchandise is split into specific “Girls” and “Boys” categories (which is unnecessary and detrimental but done because they assume it leads to more profit, and profit > child’s well being), yet similar words (like handsome) are not used in encouraging text for boys’ toys. (ex: Captain Hook costume)
“China girl”?? For comparison, Sofia the first is “crowning glory,” Rapunzel is “art of gold,” Merida is “fiery band.” So I have no idea why Mulan did not receive some pun-y description that would have been less questionable. It’s like calling Merida’s “Scotland girl,” and there isn’t even the same history there of racial othering.
Totally misses the point that 0% of the honor Mulan brought came from looking at her reflection. So why does your daughter need to? Literally the point of the movie is seeing the heroism within and not relying on external appearances in how we judge people. This is an example, again, of where merchandising falls into the constraints of sexist thinking when the movie it was based on never did to the same extent.
Rather than implying that wearing a glittery tiara is how a girl can bring “honor to us all,” it would be ideal to at least use wording that implies play/pretending to be a hero brings honor. But the reinforcement of “looking in her reflection” seems to concentrate seeing play as the act of wearing, rather than imagining heroism. I know it’s subtle and some people just don’t care, but no one is pushed into a gender binary overnight. It’s little pushes and prods over a long span of childhood. This isn’t about saying glittery is wrong, btw. It’s about consistently trying to define girlhood as “beauty.”
My favorite movies in colors » Tarzan
this is love ♥
A Whole New World Part III
I absolutely love Merida and Rapunzel’s. But I don’t think Mulan should ever be racebent, since her Chinese heritage is so important to her story…
(( Here’s a few more of our favorite ladies. :) Thanks for all of the support everyone! ))
A Whole New World…
(( So this week I decided to try something a little different. :) I saw some beautiful “race-bent” Disney a while ago and wanted to try it out, so here’s some of our ladies. :D (There wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to my choices, I just started fiddling with the images and these happened.) :P I’m going to go back to doing genderbent stuff, but I think I’ll do some of these every once in a while if you guys would like to see more. :) ))
Non-Disney animation & their voice actors/actresses
David Tennant. I didn’t know this.
Julie Andrews was Gru’s mother?!
So you’re telling me that The Genie was also the crazy Fern Gully bat and Ariel was also Thumbelina?
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