The past few days have been quite informative in a number of exciting ways, and also very boring ways that I’m sure no-one really cares about, but I’m gonna ramble on about anyway.
- I stayed over at my boyfriend’s (yes, he is now actually my boyfriend, a big step for commitment-phobe me), and met his parents who were absolutely lovely, and extremely accepting, which is a refreshing difference.
- I’ve been diagnosed with IBS (probably) which I had suspected for ages, so hopefully now I should be on my way to less pain (after nearly going to hospital one dramatic Sunday night!)
- I have a kinda, sorta job interview, so hopefully I can get some money soon and not be so worried about money!
- And a really boring one, I think I’ve learnt how to write essays uni-style finaaaally, which is very different from school, so hopefully marks up for me, fingers crossed and all that.
My lecturer was speaking the other day about stereotypes and conformity in Disney, and how we (me) have grown up in a generation of little girls (and boys) who want to be princesses because of Disney. WRONG. I have never wanted to be a Disney princess, and as a little girl despised pink and all things glittery, dress and tiara-like. But that’s not my main point- what annoyed me was his point that ‘Disney has no diversity’.
THIS IS WRONG. But also very true. Disney does encourage heteronormative marriage and a sense that a ‘happily ever after’ for females is just to find marriage and that’s it, however there is diversity in Disney films. The diversity in Disney shows a variety of ethnicities ( appropriate for the time and location of each film) such as Mulan, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog and Pocahontas. It also encourages a large level of acceptance; Prince Eric married a fucking fish for example. It isn’t always about finding your true love or ‘The One’ as well; Mulan is about a woman joining the army, and being as competent as a man when she is told she isn’t, and Frozen is about the power of family love and how important it is.
I’m not saying Disney doesn’t have its flaws, because it has huge ones, and I accept that, but it’s not all bad, not all the time.