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Commentary…

Last weekend I was barraged with Facebook posts, blog entries and articles about the hullabaloo with Disney over the apparent makeover of the Brave character Merida.  I looked at the pictures, read a few articles and decided I wasn’t all in dither like the ‘other sane’ women reading the same stuff.  I mostly kept my opinion to myself sharing it with Sully, Boo and Faith.  

It’s been a week and people are still talking about this and now I am just annoyed about the whole thing.

I saw this article on Comic Book ResourcesDisney Reverses Merida Makeover, but Still Seems to Miss the Point’

I commented at that website and I’ve put it here too…

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There are so many other things to worry about that the look of a Disney princess doesn’t really rank high up there on my list. Now that this has gone on for more than a week I am annoyed and so I am commenting. She’s dressed up for her Coronation, people dress up for stuff like that even when they don’t want to. I also wouldn’t think she would show up for her own coronation armed with her bow and arrow. 

Last week when all of this started, I found it ironic that the people that complained the most were the same people that had just posted pictures of their daughters dressed up for Prom. They added comments like, “My ‘Julie’ is a bit of a tomboy and never wears dresses but she was excited for Prom and even wore makeup.” I guess I should have left comments that ‘Julie’ was a sellout or how this would put her morality into question.

My daughter will have a good body image because we (her parents) are teaching her that people come in all shapes and sizes. There is no one size fits all. My daughter loves Disney but she knows the difference between reality and storytelling, As much as we might want flying carpets, talking animals and birds fixing us breakfast, our family is aware that it’s not going to happen. 

I am a mom of an eleven year old daughter, so I get this issue, I really do.  The important thing here is that women don’t have to choose between being strong or sexy.  I love to watch football and I can wield power tools like a pro, and yet, I am also a bellydancer and like to get dressed up on occasion.  And I have a geeky side that loves Sci Fi and goes to comicon every year.  Just because I am wearing a dress doesn’t mean I couldn’t kick some ass, and I think the same goes for Merida.   

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Something else to add or just think about too.  Should we be judging Merida by her clothing and appearance?  I thought one of the key arguments of the equality fight was that a person’s actions are far more important than their appearance, income, religion, or …I could go on.  

 

I’ve added two images that clearly show Merida with her bow and arrows.  All of the posts, blogs and articles I read showed the same two images, the movie version of Merida with her bow and arrows and the makeover unarmed version.  In the comment section of one of the articles someone brought up the fact that there were other images of her with her bow and arrows.  A quick Google search brought me these two images.  I probably could have found more but I thought two was enough.  It’s clear that these are Disney images and that the invitation to Merida’s Coronation was put out some time before May 11th and well before the hullaballoo broke out.

 

 

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Nothing going on…

My short rant for the week…

I am a stay at home mom, in charge of teaching homeschool, housekeeping, pet caretaking, landscaping, and pretty much everything else that goes on here.  Yet time and time again, people who very well know how much I do here but act like I just sit around watching TV.  No one has ever said anything straight out but there is definitely the air of ‘you don’t have a job so your schedule isn’t important.’  

It makes me crazy.  I offer to help and then I have to work around their schedule.  No one even asks me what will work for me.  Half the time I show up at the time they tell me and then I have to wait around for them.  I spend so much time standing around thinking of all of the stuff that I need to do at home.  It’s so rude and disrespectful.  It seriously makes me want to scream.  

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Letting go…

Today was one of those weird days that was a combination of a less than desirable situation and really good company.  

I can’t really go into details and yes, it’s kind of rude for me to bring it up if I can’t really talk about it.  It’s not completely my story to tell so I feel it’s best to go gently but I will try really hard not to be completely vague about things.

So, first the situation, there was some physical household type activity involved it was dusty and dirty and free of air conditioning as well as yard work type of stuff on a humid 101 degree day.  It’s wasn’t super hard work but it wasn’t fun work either, although some of the yard work stuff was a a bit rough.  

And the company, I’ve been close to one of these people for many years but contact has been kind of spotty over time and only we have only reconnected in recent years.  The other person I had never really gotten a chance to get close to but in the last two years I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  

Yesterday, while we were working I was able to discuss some stuff that had been bugging me since my parents passed a few years ago.  It was nice to get it out and find out I wasn’t out of line or nuts for thinking some of the stuff.  

The best part was going to lunch after we were done working, Boo and Sully met us there.  We talked for quite a while and had a good time.  I am very grateful for that time and it seriously reaffirmed to me that families are who and what you make of them not only the DNA, blood or documents that say that you are.

Here is a great blog post about making your family, on the Lucy March blog A Year and Change.

 

 

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So much for that…

Someday I will figure out how to get my blog entries to post when I want them to post.  I had a few days worth from before and during vacation that for whatever reason didn’t post.  Whatever reason?  Yeah, yeah, I am sure it’s my fault.  Although I do have to say that the wireless internet in our hotel wasn’t the best.  It would connect and then I would lose signal and have to jump through all of the hoops to get connected again.  It was a pain.

The gist of all of this is that I will be posting those entries over the next couple of days.  So, I apologize in advance for the multitude of posts that will be popping up.