I don’t think you’ve seen a lot of my blog because you would disagree with 90% of my beliefs (I took a quick look at your blog).
That being said, I do take issue with the “damsel in distress” trope because in most animated films, that is the only role the woman assumes. She is used as a plot devise, like Aurora, to further the story along and be saved by the hero. Aurora is truthfully nothing more than a plot devise to further the fairies and Maleficents story along. To be fair, Phillip is basically a pawn in the movie as well. The three fairies and Maleficent were the characters that drove the plot in the movie. Even newer princesses, such as Rapunzel, still assume the role of damsel in distress. While Rapunzel moves the plot along in her film, at the end of the movie Flynn still saves her by cutting her hair. While I do argue that Rapunzel gained her freedom when she declared she was the lost princess and told Gothel to buzz off, she still needed Flynn to cut her hair for her to escape Gothels hold on her completely. My other problem with this trope is the fact white women are the only women seen as worthy of being saved by a prince/hero. However, one could argue that Jasmine was a damsel in distress since Aladdin did save her from Jafar in the movie but she was instrumental in his down fall. She used her sexuality to distract him while Aladdin entered the palace. That get into a completely different conversation of women of color being overly sexualized in the media and that doesn’t even get into the discussion of the fact Jasmine was completely white washed (she was based on Mark Henns sister, who is a white woman.). Merida is seen as revolutionary because she breaks the damsel in distress trope. She is a white princess who saves the day in her own film. People who claim Merida, Elsa, and Anna are such revolutionary characters forget that Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tiana saved the day in their films. Their princes/heroes did not rescue them. Tiana saved Naveen throughout the film. Tiana turned them back into humans by falling in love with Naveen. Mulan saved China and Pocahontas saved Smith. These women did not need men to save them. However, the damsel in distress trope doesn’t apply to these women because only white women are seen as damsels. So no, I don’t think being a damsel in distress is romantic. I think the trope is incredibly sexist.
However, as you can see through my many posts about the princesses, I view them as more than just damsels. All the princesses are strong in their own right.
In honor of our presidents and our nation’s founding, here are 35 quotes from the Founding Fathers that prove they did NOT found a ‘Christian’ nation.
Fascinating. This is what the US is supposed to be like.
(I should point out, I’m not American, but the article is)
All these quotes look accurate. I’m seeing some I’d never seen before, though, which is neat.
Don’t mistake the Founders for a bunch of hardcore atheists who hated religion, though. This is why it’s hard to compare religious issues today to those of their time. Christianity was woven deeply into the culture, and pretty much everyone, Deist or not, went to church.
And after Thomas Paine wrote this ill-advised pamphlet…
31. “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.”
~Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man, 1791
Just about everyone hated him.
But yeah, the separation of church and state thing is one of my favorite things about the US! Remember a great account from a French guy, talking about how even family members might go to different churches and it wasn’t a big deal. Yay for religious diversity.
While the founding fathers were not atheists, they critiqued the hell out of religion and wanted it separate from government. Just look at European history, it will show you how religion and government doesn’t mix so well.
"They called her Aurora. Yes, they named her after the dawn, for she filled their lives with sunshine.”
on today’s episode of me having feelings, a series of tweets about “anti-rape nail polish.”
"horses are such majestic creatures!"
Natalie Dormer’s dress is unimpressive.
she could wear a potato sack to an award show and she would still look like a goddess.
I was searching for Daisy Duck shorts on youtube and came across this glorious video of Daisy dancing to Single Ladies. Enjoy.
The Tinkerbell Challenge | [01/06] Outfits |
→ Tinkerbell’s “adventure" outfit in Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure (2009) ;;