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You Don’t Have To Want To, You Just Have To Do It: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Disney Princess Style

“I don’t want to!”  As a mom of a four-year-old, this is a statement I hear pretty much every day. Multiple times a day — sometimes multiple times a minute. Kids frequently “don’t want to” and they have no problem telling us. It’s their way of trying to exert some control in a world in … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Want To, You Just Have To Do It: How To Achieve Your Dreams, Disney Princess Style

Why Jo Can’t Marry Laurie — My Surprising Revelation About ‘Little Women’

Something happened to me recently and I’m not sure what to make of it. To be honest, I’m a little shaken. I never thought this would happen to me but … well … here I am. See what you think. I was lying in bed feeling under the weather so I turned on a movie … Continue reading Why Jo Can’t Marry Laurie — My Surprising Revelation About ‘Little Women’

Man Up, Simba! The Surprising Lesson of The Lion King

Earlier this month, an article in The Washington Post tried to claim that The Lion King — both the 1994 original and the new “photorealistic” version — promotes fascism. The film, according to Dan Hassler-Forest who wrote the article, “introduces us to a society where the weak have learned to worship at the feet of … Continue reading Man Up, Simba! The Surprising Lesson of The Lion King

People Are Revealing Their #1stCartoon Crush — And That’s A Good Thing

Earlier this week, popular comic book writer Gail Simone asked people on Twitter to share their first cartoon crushes. Almost immediately, #1stCartoonCrush began trending. https://twitter.com/GailSimone/status/1130873782468354048 People’s cartoon crushes were as varied and as interesting as people’s real life romantic choices. Everyone from Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) to Daphne (Scooby-Doo), and from Optimus Prime … Continue reading People Are Revealing Their #1stCartoon Crush — And That’s A Good Thing

Disney Mothers Choose Life!

There aren’t too many mothers in Disney princess movies. In fact, there are far more evil “mother” figures than there are good moms (think Snow White’s Evil Queen, Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother, or Rapunzel’s Mother Gothel). The princesses’ actual mothers tend to be either dead, or (like Aurora’s and Rapunzel’s mothers) somehow estranged from their daughters. … Continue reading Disney Mothers Choose Life!

What ‘Titanic’ Tells Us About Feminism (Yes, Really)

I recently re-watched the movie Titanic while on an airplane. In retrospect this was probably not the best idea given that I’m a nervous flyer and the movie is about a bunch of people dying a horrible death on board a large ocean-crossing vehicle. But we made it through — well, I made it through, … Continue reading What ‘Titanic’ Tells Us About Feminism (Yes, Really)

GUEST POST: Melting The Mantle: Why Frozen Ain’t So Fresh By Eric M. Blake

Participants of my Saving Cinderella class had the option to a write guest post on the topic of the session they attended. This post is in response to Session 6, The Prince is a Psychopath: Elsa, Anna, and the Death of Prince Charming. To watch past sessions of the class, click here. The following was written … Continue reading GUEST POST: Melting The Mantle: Why Frozen Ain’t So Fresh By Eric M. Blake