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Dear Pixar: Girls Like Movies Too…

Monday, NPR’s Linda Holmes issued an open letter to Pixar asking for a movie about a girl who “isn’t a princess.”  Titled “From all the girls with band-aids on their knees,” Holmes’ piece asks Pixar to make a movie about little girls and things that happen to them, just like they’ve made movies (a lot of them– 10) about little boys and the things that happen to them.  I thought this was interesting, even if the “open letter” format leaves a little to be desired.  However, when I sent the link on to my partner, he informed me he thought this was “a stupid request” because Pixar does organic story development and doesn’t really have a “writers room” or whatever.

I’m not going to lie, this really pissed me off.  Of COURSE he didn’t think this was interesting because HE had lots of media about adventerous boys doing cool things and meeting all kinds of magical creatures.  Me?  I was stuck with princesses.

Sociological Images (a great, great blog about representations of people and their impact on society) has been following this Pixar and gender thing for a few months now.  While there is only 1 member of the Pixar writing team that is a woman, I find it difficult to believe that Pixar would have a hard time recruiting top female writing talent (also, it looks like a few future films will have female writers).  Continue reading


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Jon Stewart as Pro-Choice Voice

I’m having a lot of trouble embedding the Comedy Central Player into WordPress… please, please watch the video I talk about below here.

I know that I’m a little late on the whole “Jon Stewart is the Most Powerful Man in America” thing, but I have been truly impressed with their coverage of the Republican National Convention and Bristol Palin’s pregnancy.

There’s been a lot of chatter in the feminist/pro-choice blogosphere and beyond about the statement the Palin family made when they announced their daughter’s pregnancy (though, to be honest, Bristol is clearly preggers.  One photograph and the world would’ve known so a formal announcement was unneeded).  Anyway, the Palin’s statement includes the word decision:

We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. (emphasis added)

Call me crazy, but isn’t a decision kind of like a choice?  Thanks Samantha Bee and “The Daily Show” for making this point with humour and without making the point any less salient.   For too long we’ve let abortion stay out of the main stream entertainment media (unless it is emphatically not chosen like in Knocked Up, Juno, or Waitress).  I’m glad that “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and other outlets are really holding Palin’s feet to the fire about this.

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