Disney Musings

I’m really annoyed with people who keep saying that since Elsa from Frozen and Raya from the new Disney movie don’t have a love interest in the film it must mean they are gay. I hope it goes beyond saying that I have nothing whatsoever against gay people but I’m bothered by this assumption that such young girls necessarily need a love interest. It’s perfectly fine not to have a love interest at 16, or whatever their age. These are movies for an age demographic from 3 to 12. We don’t need to teach such young girls that something is wrong with them if they don’t have a serious boyfriend. These most recent two movies have a very age-appropriate message that, at this stage, what matters is family, friends, and figuring out who you are and what you value in life.

I hate Cinderella, for instance, because I have no idea how to explain it to my kid. She’s five! She needs stories she can understand. I’m very glad about this new positive direction in Disney movies.

7 thoughts on “Disney Musings

  1. The culture we live in has largely forgotten or lost the concept of “platonic love” and I think that does our children harm. The hyperfocus on love=sexual attraction has basically erased the ability to have deep friendships (in real life) that can meet basic human needs – to be deeply known and understood, to hear words of admiration and expressions of affection, to give and receive meaningful physical touch – without people outside the relationship automatically assuming there must be a sexual/romantic component to it.

    I would love to see more shows and movies directed at children that explore and celebrate the rich intimacy of platonic love between friends (whether they are boy-girl, girl-girl, or boy-boy). Some of the best movies and tv shows in the past did this incredibly well.

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  2. “I hate Cinderella, for instance, because I have no idea how to explain it to my kid.”

    If you think the Disney cartoon “Cinderella” is bad, try reading the original German version, where the first evil step-sister chops off her toes so that her foot will fit in the fur (not glass) slipper, and then the next-in-line step-sister cuts off her heel, because she knows that the prince is smart enough to count her toes before she tries on the slipper.

    The slipper is clearly a metaphor for Cinderella’s virginity, anyway. Disney left that part out.

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  3. OT: Clarissa have you ever ordered from this site Valledearas? I don’t know meats so I have no idea who they are aiming to sell to.
    [It’s a little funny someone spammed and phished me with a jamón site. ]

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  4. I object on different grounds. The defining feature of homosexuality is not a lack of attraction to the opposite sex, it is an active attraction TO THE SAME SEX… which Elsa obviously doesn’t demonstrate at any point…

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