Find the Right Path with Pocahontas

PocahontasandJohn.jpgI knew it at eight years old and I know it today—Pocahontas rocks!  As a kid I loved her because she rode in a canoe, climbed and talked to trees, had a pet raccoon, and followed her heart. Today I love her for all those reasons and then some. Not only is the 1995 Disney film artistically stunning, but its heroine actually shows viewers the importance of independence, intuition, and moral courage while the movie as a whole illustrates a sense of identity that extends beyond finding one’s “other half.”

Unfortunately, its profundity is undermined by its packaging. Pocahontas’s busty and leggy appearance does nothing to showcase the deeper themes of the film but rather draws attention to the importance of feminine physique. The lingering close up of her face when she meets John Smith further enforces the value of a woman’s exotic beauty in the eyes of a man as opposed to her character. Still, there’s much to celebrate about this flick so let’s take a look! Continue reading “Find the Right Path with Pocahontas”

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The Oscars: A Night of Profound Beauty

oscars-2013It’s the night many of us wait for all year. It’s a night dedicated to art in some of it’s highest forms. Whether you tune in to admire the art of fashion, cinematography, music, or animation, the Oscars have something that speaks to each one of us. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate all the varied and higher beauties of this life. International author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy says, “My sense of the beauty of the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is something to be desired.” Tonight’s Academy Awards are about more than glitz and glamour, the event is a representation of beauty, including dedication, diligence, and passion, that characterizes holiness. Continue reading “The Oscars: A Night of Profound Beauty”

Fighting for a Whole New World

dettoldisney.wordpress.comLike a splash of cold water, 1992’s Aladdin presented a new kind of Disney Princess—one who was ethnic and wore pants! Before we get too excited, let’s remember: she’s dressed like a belly dancer with a twig-like waist, at one point she’s literally bound in chains, and she’s only a supporting character because (get this) Aladdin is actually about Aladdin. In many ways, Jasmine is a blatant example of an objectified, ignorant “little woman” whose value depends on marriage. But before we condemn her as the worst Disney Princess role-model yet, let’s look again. Actually, no princess fights against her “supporting role” more. Perhaps if we fought against the media’s unrealistic standards of beauty and other social injustices with the consistency and passion of Jasmine we might witness more progress. Continue reading “Fighting for a Whole New World”

Be Part of YOUR World

The Disney Renaissance hit us with The Little Mermaid and its body bearing heroine, Princess Ariel. A spirited and rebellious explorer, Ariel is determined to escape the oppressive world of the sea to the freedom of the earth above. However, her sudden love for a complete stranger and the stripping of her voice to achieve her dream undercuts her individuality and shows that she simply escapes one form of oppression to enter another. Furthermore, her scanty attire, which doesn’t just display a belly button, but her hip and pelvic bones as well, forces unnecessary attention on the physical form thus perpetuating unhealthy body consciousness and comparisons among young girls. Where’s the glimmer of hope for Ariel as a positive media image for women? Believe it or not, there is hope. Ariel illustrates determination and gumption to live by one’s own rules despite obstacles. She proves that achievement of personal freedom, self-expression, and individual fulfillment comes from defining and being a part of YOUR world. Continue reading “Be Part of YOUR World”