Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A long-awaited new princess

Merida, the first lead female role in an animated film, is fighting back against gender stereotypes beginning this weekend.  Brenda Chapman is to be commended for creating this young heroine!  Let's hope she's created a fairy tale heroine who is also good box office.  

It's about time someone took the initiative to let a girl play "first string" (bow & arrow pun intended).  How refreshing to see a strong female heading up the cast, albeit an animated one, and showing no frills are necessary to do so.  No perfectly quaffed hair, and no stinkin' tiaras necessary in the movie Brave!  Just courage.
Pixar photo via article
I was, however, very disappointed to recently hear my five-year old son say he didn't want to see Brave because it's a "girl" movie. This may just be one flick I force him to see with me. We're going to overcome his already preconceived notion if I have to drag him kicking and screaming to adopt my point of view. 

It's great to finally see some press addressing the subject, too.  There is a great article in The New York Times and it, of course, is being covered by MissRepresentation spreading the news via their FB page.  Here's to them and especially to Chapman ~ well done!


  1. I shall toast you this evening with minus my tiara :) Great one Katy!!!! --Lanea

  2. I thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I hope your son comes around. :) I also hope you enjoy the movie as much as you'd like to! Have fun!

  3. hey katy,
    happy to find your blog - in fact, i think i've been here before. maybe i left a comment? Can't quite remember, but I do remember your cool blog name. Was just reading throught recent posts: i too was deeply affected by Miss Representation. i love how you're following through by posting about other women. i also appreciate your feminist analysis of TV. i rarely watch tv, so your insights will prove a helpful guide! as for your son watching Brave: is there a male role model around who can take him? that's all it takes is an older male to say it's cool instead of mom. i have Miss Representation sitting on my dvd player waiting for my husband to find time to watch it with my 15 yr. old. It will have so much more of an affect if his dad says it's important and agrees. (but i need to make it happen - that dvd has been sitting there for at least a month!). OK - glad i wandered over here! :) --deb.

    1. I'm glad you came by, too, Deb! It is great to get the MissRepresentation newsletter via email for ideas about mutual support between women. Most of the time I think there's nothing we can do on a large scale, but the least I can do as an individual is tell other women how great they are. It sucks to only watch us rip each other apart.

      Please, please use the little "thanks, my friend" image I paid for online and do your own weekly meme. Maybe it will catch on with others like us.

      Unfortunately, my husband doesn't do movies. I'm going to coax my son into seeing "Brave," either with me or his male cousin, because the notion of us vs. them is already embedded in him. He said a movie with a female main character means there will be fewer movies with male protagonists. WHAT? Stopping this thought pattern at five years old is my goal!

      Thanks for visiting my blog.