Ahoy! My newest strip for ComicsAlliance is up - click through to read the whole thing!
Kate Beaton tackled this in one of her WW strips, too. I guess we’re all just harping on, eh?!
Meanwhile Catching Fire & Frozen have made over $200 million so far, WHAT A FLUKE
The ad for the toy has taken YouTube by storm, but it may be reinforcing stereotypes.
The toy features a pegboard, axles, cranks and ribbon — in pastel pinks, periwinkles and purples.
"It’s not that radical, and that’s why people are loving it," said Lisa Wade, chair of the sociology department at Occidental College and author of the blog Sociological Images.
"The idea started in the ’70s that the way we should liberate women is to get them into guys’ stuff," she said. "There’s nothing about this toy that breaks with what we tell girls to do in this country every day: model what boys do, but not break with femininity."
"They can have careers and drink whiskey, but have to be women at the same time." Otherwise, "those girls are ‘dykes’ and ‘bitches’."
This is so spot on.
Female job applicants with children are 44 percent less likely to be hired for a job than are childless women with similar qualifications. Fathers, by contrast, are 19 percent MORE likely to be hired than are comparably qualified men without children.
Many white women have said to me, ‘We wanted black women and non-white women to join the movement,’ totally unaware of their perception that they somehow ‘own’ the movement, that they are the ‘hosts’ inviting us as ‘guests.’
“Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights is a feature-length documentary that focuses on black women’s marginalization between the Black Power and Feminist movements, as well as the resulting political mobilization of women of color.
A large segment of this film focuses on former black women activists’ experiences with racism in the Feminist movement, particularly their struggles dealing with lack of empathy and understanding with white feminists on issues that concern women of color. It also includes a wide range of archival footage from the 1960s and 70s, which displays the blatant differences in socioeconomic status and political concerns between white feminists and feminists of color.”
Nowadays the princesses all know kung fu, and yet they’re still the same princesses. They’re still love interests, still the one girl in a team of five boys, and they’re all kind of the same. They march on screen, punch someone to show how they don’t take no shit, throw around a couple of one-liners or forcibly kiss someone because getting consent is for wimps, and then with ladylike discretion they back out of the narrative’s way.
On the posters they’re posed way in the back of the shot behind the men, in the trailers they may pout or smile or kick things, but they remain silent. Their strength lets them, briefly, dominate bystanders but never dominate the plot. It’s an anodyne, a sop, a Trojan Horse - it’s there to distract and confuse you, so you forget to ask for more.