“I never saw a Disney Princess that I identified with when I was growing up. They all had good posture, they all woke up batting their eyelashes, no one had bad breath; I couldn’t relate. I wanted to see someone that felt like me. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to properly explain how happy [ Frozen’s success] makes me” —-Kristen Bell.
Not to diminish the amazing work that Kristen Bell is doing in her endeavours but this part of her interview really struck me as quite odd. I mean… she couldn’t find a Disney Princess that she could identify with? Really? REALLY??? =___=
Tell me about it! Coming from my perspective, I have never seen a mainstream character I can identify with. And I’m not ‘growing up’, I’ve grown. Still no one to identify with. Seeing another blonde and white Disney Princess is not exactly my idea of success for a company that has basically been doing this for years.
My reasons for failing to identify with these characters are not as trivial as posture or eyelashes. These characters have never and still never look like me. Or if by chance they do (unlikely), they’re stereotyped, tokenized, and caricaturized. Am I supposed to identify with that? Pass. Putting the character’s personality and behaviour aside for a minute, is a white and blonde character really progress?
I argue that it’s most definitely not and Kristen’s white privilege has taught her not to see the absurdity of her statement. Kristen can turn on the TV or open to the front page of the paper and see people like her widely represented. That’s definitely not something people of colour can say (and by the off chance we can say this, see previous paragraph).
I fear that I’m failing to articulate this point so…end rant.
see that girl you just called a bitch? she didn’t hear you say it louder
The last picture is the face of fear.
this girl has realized her potential early. we should all be afraid
i like wearing lipstick because you leave marks on literally everything omg. kiss a boy’s cheek? my boy now. drink out of a cup? my cup forever. don’t even think about having coffee out of that thing. it’s like marking your territory
before i am ever anyone else’s.
|—||in, nayyirah waheed (via cultivate-solitude)|
|—||Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Chapter 1: The Social Construction and Institutionalization of Gender and Race in Revisioning Gender (via aswekissgoodbye)|
Ivan paarthathum, malar puthidum
Ivan paesinaal, udal vaerthidum
Adi pennmaye enna yekkamo,
Antha menmaiyin perum thaakamo.
Dhinam kaalaiyil kann vizhikirain,
Avan nyaabagam mella imaikirain
Avan paarvaiyil naan mithakkirain
Avan tholgalai naan anaikkirain