Sunday, February 03, 2008

Gender Discrimination Week: Princesses!

I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he?
[A Little Princess]

That's a great movie. I watched it again 2 years ago, and I read the book a billion times when I was a kid, and both are completely enchanting (and the film is directed by Alfonso Cuaron, of all people). Point is, what hopefully everyone has learned by now is be nice to girls or they'll kick your ass cos they're princesses duh.

I don't know if it's weirder that Ariel's eyes are as big as her boobs or that her boobs are as big as her eyes. (I know, "boobs" is a vulgar word, but "breasts" sounds too grownup and is "boobage" not the coolest word ever? As in "mad boobage?". . . Actually, in all fairness to The Little Mermaid, at least the prince has a character in this one. And now that I think of it, the last time I watched this movie, I was more struck at how comically big Ariel's head is compared to the rest of her. Look at those proportions. wtf.) It's Disney, I know, unrealistic depiction of women and ruining girls' perceptions of relationships from the start. Yes! And that's why we're ending Gender Discrimination week with Disney Princess songs. Actually it's cos I like Disney movies. I wouldn't call this the Ultimate collection; this CD has too much Pocahontas and not enough of the classy ones (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella), but has thankfully, "Kiss the Girl," which is one of the greatest Disney songs Ever. The CD also has this weirdo collaboration song starting and ending it but I'll include the two versions anyway.

Hopefully everyone had fun this week. I was very happy with the enthusiasm I got regarding this series, and I hope there were some surprises. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by! Now that Gender Discrimination Week is over, I can go back to posting music by angry white dudes.
And Gender Discrimination Link Roundup!

Check out Miss Derringer, a great female-fronted band, who just released an EP. The Horrorpops are releasing a new album in a matter of days, so check out their Myspace, and thanks to McCrank for the heads up! Jim's got a lovely Delgados song up. And Ken was kind enough to provide a link to another great female-fronted band, Tarnation. Definitely check em out. Music is a Better Noise is a blog dedicated to female artists, so if ye crave more, head on over there. The blogger also has a survey up about music blogging, if you have a sec. Thanks to everybody. Y'all rock :]

1 comment:

Jim said...

*Sigh* I had quite a crush on Ariel when I was young, even though she had, y'know, a tail.
Disney Princes always annoy me. I mean in Beauty and the Beast, the Beast was way cooler than the eejit that he turned into at the end.


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