Archive | September 2013

Brave Merida doesn’t need a Disney Makeover

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That’s one giant step forward for womankind…and 10 steps backwards. Disney is taking Princess Merida and sexualizing her in order to make her more marketable.

…giving her a Barbie doll waist, sultry eyes and transforming her wild red locks into glamorous flowing tresses. The new image takes away Merida’s trusty bow and arrow, a symbol of her strength and independence, and turns her from a girl to a young woman dressed in an off-the-shoulder version of the provocative, glitzy gown she hated in the movie.

Creator Brenda Chapman modeled Merida after her daughter and tried to create a positive role model for girls who want something more than just being eye candy.

“I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida. When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold — to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance. They have been handed an opportunity on a silver platter to give their consumers something of more substance and quality — THAT WILL STILL SELL — and they have a total disregard for it in the name of their narrow minded view of what will make money. I forget that Disney’s goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me.”

Help keep Merida a positive role model for girls. Check out the petition and sign it if you want to break the sexualized stereotype female characters are held to: Disney: Say No to the Merida Makeover, Keep Our Hero Brave!

Original post found here.

HOOP: Hands Off Our Pussies!

“For every topless background extra, every actress that bares her bounties but doesn’t even get a line, every minute we have to sit through this dumb double standard, you owe us an inch of grade A man meat, and if you don’t do this… we will boycott you.

So don’t give us the shaft, show us the shaft. You’re a premium channel. Let’s see some premium penis.”

I’ve been unintentionally watching a lot of Hollywood porn. So I’d like to talk about the excess of nudity in films/tv, female in particular. As it were, I stumbled upon this College Humor gem that mirrors my sentiments exactly.

I find myself suffocated by tits on cable (HBO, Showtime), boobies in movies, and breasts in music videos (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, every hip-hop song known to man). It doesn’t stop there though. I’ve been getting some full on vagina lately too. My question is- why?

I recently watched a number of films that show nudity without it promoting the plot of the film forward. I get that it’s supposed to be shock/realness factor or whatever, but we live in an age where porn is accessible online. I can read 50 Shades on my e-reader in public. Point being, it just seems unnecessary.

In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara bares all because she’s sooooo edgy. In Side Effects, Mara’s vagina winks at me again while Channing Tatum is cleverly concealed. The Impossible, an Oscar nominated movie about family, had a generous view of Naomi Watt’s nips. Like the gracious Alice Eve Star Trek shot, there was no fucking need for this scene. Show the woman’s black bloodied foot- it was a huge part of the movie. Her tits did nothing to make a point. Trance, the Danny Boyle film about heist and hypnosis did the same. Rosario Dawson’s full frontal shaved vagina was supposed to be some kitchy fetish for the protagonist. It did absolutely nothing for the story that wasn’t already explained.

These are Oscar nominated/winning people. Where the fuck are your standards? (Their less sexualized films gained more prestige than these sex-laced alternatives). The whole point of movies is excellence in storytelling. Distracting and condescending your audiences with sex is just stupid. When I think about my favorite movies, what makes them memorable is never the sex scenes. In Fight Club, the dialogue made that film amazing. You know why people love Citizen Kane? I bet it’s not because of all the sex.

From an economic standpoint, it actually helps to not have nudity. No nudity=lower rating= wider audience access= more $$$.

I can’t help but feel like this cheapens films, and makes film makers seem lazy.

A related issue, as demonstrated by the wonderful video above, with the excess of female nudity, where is the male equivalent? One Segel film, or Alex Skarsgard tv scene does not come close to the sea of breasts and vagina on our screens. You know the 3:1 ratio of men to women that are working in Hollywood? Strike that, reverse it, and you’ve got the female to male nudity ratio*.

“You’ll show a pregnant woman getting stabbed in the baby and you won’t show one innocent little hard dick”

I mean, honestly. We can watch brutal force, naked women, brutal force to naked women (and still be watching a rated PG-13 movie), but god forbid showing us your dicks? The fuck are you growing down there? You, like your ‘manhood’, masses of Hollywood sirs, are too small.

So please filmmakers, men and women with common sense and decency, I implore you to give us better entertainment. Stop cheapening your stories with sex, leave something to the imagination, and for the love of god, keep your hands off our pussies.

HOOP

*Not a fact-based statistic. Although it might as well be.

The Plastics

The next time somebody tells you the path to success is “just be yourself,” tell them Rita’s inspirational story. It’s all about skin-bleaching.

 

Above: Margarita Carmen Cansino transforms into Rita Hayworth

 

An article about the price of beauty paid by some very noteworthy actors. They got rid of ethnic features, used plastic surgery and Anglicized themselves in order to succeed. Hayworth went as far as electrocuting her hair follicles off.

I ain’t no hollaback girl

“You deserve to walk home alone without being told that you’re asking for it.

You deserve to have short hair without being asked if you’re a girl or a boy.

You deserve to ride the train without fear of being groped.

Because none of us are as simple as a list of physical attributes,

We have a right to be who we are not who we’re told to be.

We have the right to define ourselves when we walk out the door.”

I watched a Ted Talk given by Emily May, founder of Hollaback!, a movement to end street harassment. If you have a chance to watch the talk, it starts around minute 52:30 of the Session 1 video. May starts by recounting her own stories of harassment, and how she turned that into this global movement to end it and empower women to reclaim the streets. Now, you can see where harassment occurs in a city near you, you can report it (there’s an app for that!), and assert yourself. The Talk mentioned a few things, including:

  • 70-99% of women experience harassment at some point in their lives. Many, repeatedly.
  • It’s not just about changing individual cases, but changing the larger system: culture.
  • Street harassment operates differently in cities globally.
  • There are now systems in place to counter sexual harassment. Utilize them and take it up with your councilwomen/men if necessary.

Sexual harassment whether in the workplace, at home, or even on the streets, is not a joke. Combat it and report offenders.

Hollaback! has expanded its efforts to over 65 cities in 22 countries, in 12 different languages.

Here’s Lizzy Caplan Starring In A Very Self-Aware Fashion Commercial

The beautiful Lizzy Caplan reiterating how stupid fashion commercials look selling their bullshit.

Thought Catalog

Here's Lizzy Kaplan Starring In A Very Self-Aware Fashion Commercial

Yesterday, a short film surfaced entitled “Fashion Film” and starring Lizzy Caplan (of Party Down (RIP), Freaks and Geeks (RIP), Mean Girls, and my dreams). It has a tongue-in-cheek, self-loathing voiceover that mocks the beautiful, twee, indie-tastic visuals onscreen, and gets very meta at the end, acknowledging that this is actually what it looks like, a commercial for a cool clothing company, albeit a very self-aware one. In any event, Lizzy Caplan… [tc-mark]

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