The Dangers of Subversive Propoganda from… Disney Movies?

I have a daughter who is now eight years old. Given that I have an inherent bias, just going by the endless and consistent comments from when she was just a baby, she is a beautiful  Young girl and always has been.  Like most girls, she fell in love with the Disney princesses and very quickly had all of them at both her mom’s and my house, along with the requisite Disney castles.  We have enjoyed them all, with her naturally having favorites, but she really did like Disney’s Mulan movie.  She didn’t seem to like to play with the Mulan doll as much as Arial or Cinderella, but there’s no doubt she enjoyed the movie. As kids are known to do, she’s watched it many, many times.

But for  current Vice President, Mike Pence, Disney is up to something far more nefarious than just entertaining and highly profitable children sounds. in fact, Disney is subversive Propaganda for your children, says Christian extremist, Mike Pence. He wants to convince you women should not be in the military & that Disney’s “Mulan” is propaganda to teach young girls it’s okay to be in the military. In fact, she can succeed and even achieve glory in battle.

Here is the piece Mr. Pence wrote on the dangers of Disney’s “Mulan.”  I have always been uncomfortable with the impossible physical attributes given to Disney’s female characters. It’s impossible for a woman to have a waist as thin as any of them. If you read the short Op-Ed from Mr. Pence, you will see his interpretation is very different from mine.

As a parent of a daughter just eight years old, who has already made comments about her waist size, which I assure you is anything but perfectly normal,  One has to wonder if she grows out of it or be detrimentally affected by this ‘body image’ issue that girls & women never really escape all her life? Just look at the magazine covers in the checkout line – nearly all unrealistic unless you happen to be a hard-core athlete, work out like a champion, have the right genetics, and/or are extremely cognizant of proper nutrition.

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But with the completely unrealistic body’s on most cartoons and Disney Channel shows with child actors, all of whom seemingly have ultra thin figures, and the dolls themselves especially, it is very easy to see how body image problems develop. These mostly unrealistic figures given to all Disney princesses can be confusing to a young girl and as they grow older.  It would seem natural to ask, why doesn’t my body look like that?

Growing up is difficult enough without being provided impossible examples of what pretty girls are “supposed to look like” from your earliest childhood memories. As a dad, I am slightly concerned she might wonder why she doesn’t look as pretty as Cinderella.

To be fair, Mr. Pence’s views may have evolved since writing the Op-Ed Piece, however, considering he is a proponent of the Christian Church’s “Gay Conversion Therapy”, I assume not. I’ll go out on a limb and say he is more of a religious extremist than when he penned this argument against the evils of Disney’s propaganda.  Of course, there is the possibility that it was just meant to be an entertaining movie that makes the parent Corporation a lot of money – as is the goal of most major motion pictures.  I wonder what military women think of Mr. Pence’s unscientific theory? (I encourage your reply).

Religious extremism in any form is inherently intolerant & must, by definition, result in bigotry. I invite a respectful response with a different perspectives & will return the respect, civility & decorum in my replies.Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to read this post.  Honest likes are appreciated and thoughtful comments are very, very welcome.

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ThinkFarris

Hello! I'm Kevin. Recently retired from practicing law for 20 years - literally bad for my health. Now making a go of it by writing, which I've long wanted to do but never had the time. Now I am just another person trying to take the upheavals in life as stoically as I can and sharing my thoughts with people like you. Originally this space was set up to write about applied Philosophy, but as the archives show, I did not write frequently. In hopes that I will post more often, I am expanding the subject matter to include any of my varied interests, one of which is politics. That was my undergraduate Minor and has remained a passion to this day. Given the controversial 2016 election, I felt compelled to start writing again. I realize politics may alienate many people, but I will write in a fair-minded way that should not offend anyone and hopefully promotes a friendly discourse and true exchange of ideas. All of us have fallen into echo-chambers so we only hear opinions that reinforce our own beliefs. When that happens you never really hear other points of view and your ideas will not be challenged what the other side is saying and you have gridlock. Feel free to push back and challenge my ideas, preferably in a respectful way and I will do the same to ideas I disagree with. As long as the dialogue maintains appropriate civility and decorum, I look forward to having my ideas challenged and perhaps both may be better for having engaged in the dialogue.

One thought on “The Dangers of Subversive Propoganda from… Disney Movies?”

  1. I think it’s sad that our current “leaders” (and the word is under quotes to imply the irony therein) give in to unscientific ideas that marginalize certain group of people. As for Disney, they are definitely out to make money, but lately they have also been aware of the lack of minority representation in their films. Aside from the impossible Barbie figures, I think they are also becoming aware that most of their stories are about the damsel in distress and Prince Charming who must rescue her, and are moving away from that in their newer films.

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