What if Tangled, Wreck It Ralph and Frozen were classically animated.
Women are oppressed.
Women are strong.
Men are to blame for everything.
Feminism doesn’t hate men.
Feminism is about equality.
But don’t change the label to “Equalism”.
You don’t understand the meaning of feminism.
Feminism is defined differently by every woman.
Feminism wants equal rights for everybody.
Men’s rights are a joke.
Topless women in a music video is demeaning.
Putting men on a leash in a parody video is empowering.
Shaving is oppressive.
Shaving is okay.
Miley Cyrus is a slut.
Beyonce is not a feminist.
Beyonce is a feminist.
Stop drooling over women’s bodies.
Drooling over celebrity men’s bodies is just fine.
Fat is sexy.
No woman should ever be “sexy”. That’s oppression.
Consent is sexy.
You are a feminist whether you like it or not. Your consent is not needed.
You can only be a liberal woman.
You can’t be conservative or else you hate your own gender.
"Rape culture" only applies to women.
Boys don’t ever get raped, abused, or molested.
Also, I learned…
No matter what you do, you are Transphobic.
If you’re white, cis-het male, you’re doing it wrong.
Gaston really is the most terrifying Disney villain because he could be anyone in the world.
Later he convinces the whole town to set up his wedding with the knowledge that the would-be bride would be thrown into it. Everyone finds his creepy-ass tactics as cute and “boys will be boys” esque. So yeah, he is terrifying.
Yeah, the truly scary thing about Beauty and the Beast isn’t that Gaston exists, but that society fucking loves him. People who deride the movie by saying it’s about Stockholm Syndrome are ignoring that it’s actually about the various ways that truly decent people get othered by society. People don’t trust the Beast because of the way he looks, which only feeds his anger issues and pushes him further away. Gaston isn’t the only one who criticizes Belle for being bookish, either; the whole town says there must be something wrong with her. And her father gets carted off to a mental asylum for being just a little eccentric.
Howard Ashman, who collaborated on the film’s score and had a huge influence on the movie’s story and themes, was a gay man who died of AIDS shortly after work on the film was completed. If you watch the film with that in mind, the message of it becomes clear. Gaston demonstrates that bullies are rewarded and beloved by society as long as they possess a certain set of characteristics, while nice people who don’t are ostracized. The love story between Belle and the Beast is about them finding solace in each other after society rejects them both.
Notice how the Beast reacts when the whole town comes for him. He’s not angry, he’s sad. He’s tired. And he almost gives up because he has nothing to live for. But then he sees that Belle has come back for him, and suddenly he does. In the original fairy tale, the Beast asks Belle to marry him every night, and the spell is broken when she accepts. In the Disney movie, he waits for her to love him, because he cannot love himself. That’s how badly being ostracized from society and told that you’re a monster all your life can fuck with your head and make you stop seeing yourself as human.
Society rewards the bullies because we’ve been brought up to believe that their victims don’t belong. That if someone doesn’t fit in, then they have to be put in their place, or destroyed. And this movie demonstrates that this line of thinking is wrong. It’s so much deeper than a standard “be yourself” message, and that’s why it’s one of my favorite Disney movies.
9 Problems with Women’s Clothing
And the worst part is that clothing companies do it because they know we’ll still buy their products. But do we have much other choice?
and if you’re fat multiply these difficulties by 9000%
i’ve given up and basically wear men’s clothing
it’s a lot more comfortable and a lot less expensive
I don’t want it; I don’t need it.
this scene is even more creepy when you realize Spirited Away was a metaphor for the sex industry in Japan
OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE!
NO IT WASN’T, YOU JACKASSES!
"Totoro’s about dead girls!"
"Spirited Away is about sex!"
You know what I hear?
"Maybe if I make up something that sounds smart, people will think I’m smart, even if it’s a complete fucking lie!”
Hayao Miyazaki is a man of values. He’s a man who believes in the innocence of childhood and has a wonderful imagination. He believes in simplicity, kindness, the beauty of nature, and the old ways. He draws on these beliefs and his personal experiences when he makes movies.
Spirited Away was made for some friends of Miyazaki’s. Specifically, the ten-year-old daughters of some friends he invited to stay at his vacation home. It’s fairly common for Miyazaki to decide that he’s going to make movies targeted at a specific age group. Ponyo is for five-year-olds. Spirited Away is meant for ten-year-old girls, but enjoyed by a much wider audience.
I repeat, SPIRITED AWAY WAS MADE FOR TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS.
The bathhouse? Not a brothel. Based on a bathhouse in his home town, which he thought was a place of mystery and wonder when he was a kid. That scene where the bathhouse staff has to clean the polluted river spirit? Based on Miyazaki’s own experiences of a town coming together to clean up a river. This scene? It’s about Chihiro not being greedy, because Chihiro is a positive role-model for ten-year-old girls.
The themes of Spirited Away are courage, strength of character, and individuality. ESPECIALLY individuality. That thing where Yubaba takes away peoples’ names and changes their species? That’s her taking away their individuality. Chihiro’s parents are now pigs, not people. Haku’s name has been shortened so he forgets who he is. When Yubaba changes Chihiro’s name, the only Kanji she leaves spell out “Sen”, the Japanese word for “one thousand”, meaning Chihiro is just another pawn of Yubaba’s, not her own person.
You want to seem cool and intelligent? Talk about the movie’s actual themes. Don’t make up this shock-value bullshit for attention.
You stupid motherfuckers.
FUCKING THANK YOU. I get so fucking sick of this shit, stupid motherfuckers trying to pervert movies by claiming there’s dark twisted themes in films where they don’t exist. How about discussing how Chihiro was offered gold and turned it down because she needed to help Haku instead? She turned down a ton of gold to save a friend. THAT’S SOME PRETTY NOBLE SHIT RIGHT THERE, instead of the fucking brothel lies.
Why isn’t anything ever good enough as it already is?
Depth is one thing, and searching for hidden meaning is fantastic. I love analysis. But trying to find depth by making every goddamn thing a product of your cynicism just gets really fucking old.
Why do we take imaginative worlds and stories and act like all the magic and wonder in them is a result of some sort of mental problem? Why do we take stories about innocence and always turn them into stories about the loss of it? Why do we inject bad into everything good?
Also, I remember reading that Miyazaki himself really dislikes when people make his movies darker than they actually are. He was legitimately upset about the spread of the rumor that My Neighbor Totoro was all a big allegory for death. Conjecture is one thing, but when you change the ENTIRE point of a movie and then spread that like it’s a fact, I feel you’re disrespecting the original work and you should stop.
“What if Foxface realized where she was at that point – she was up against Cato, Thresh, and the team from 12. She wasn’t good with hand-to-hand combat, she relied on stealth and getting in and out of situations quickly. What if she realized that the chances were if up against any of her competitors, she’d die a terrible, painful death. Then, she sees the nightlock sitting perfectly in front of her as she followed Peeta, and thinks: “This is my painless way out. Why suffer more than I need to?” Maybe Foxface was more clever than we all believed.”