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I found a new favorite tumblr: Feminist Disney. It’s not only awesome pictures, either. This blog offers amazing critiques of Disney from a feminist perspective. Not affiliated with Disney (shocker), Feminist Disney:
seeks to deconstruct and examine Disney through a feminist lens. FD the blog-author is a Disney fan, which is why she finds it necessary to discuss how Disney narratives can be both groundbreaking and problematic.
I have two major issues with Disney, and this site nails the first one. One is the treatment of women as vapid, damsels in distress whose sole purpose is to land “prince charming.” Check this post out for a more cogent critique than I am making at the moment.
The second is connected to Baudrilliard’s concept of the simulacra and hyperreality. If you’ve ever seen the Matrix you have an idea of what this concept is. Essentially, Baudrillard explains that we live in a hyper-reality (like the “matrix) because we are unable to see the real reality (think of the underground world, and Zion). Reality is to gritty and harsh for us to face, so we create a hyper-real. According to Baudrillard, Disney is something we created to enable us to perpetuate the hyper-real. By imagining that Disney is a fantasy world, then we can reinforce the idea that the world we see from day to day is real.
If you didn’t follow that, it’s ok. You can check out more on this idea from the man himself here.