Monday, March 31, 2008
A genetic desire to say...
Fuck you, Walt Disney company!
Mind you, I think Disney's new animated movie - featuring its first African-American princess (about time, guys!) looks very cool.
Not so cool: the company's spokesman, Gary Forster, proclaiming that:
“We believe it is an innate desire in the vast majority of young girls to play out the fantasy of being a princess… They like to dress up, they like to role-play. It’s just a genetic desire to like pink, to like the castle, to turn their dads into the prince.”
(For more, read it here.)
Newsflash, Gary: some of us had the genetic desire to collect action figures like Green Lantern, Batman, and the Incredible Hulk.
Last time I checked, none of them wore pink.
I don't even want to go near his implications about us wanting to marry our dads. I think Freud spread around that fucked up idea quite awhile ago, actually.
What pisses me off the most is that mainstream media haven't murmured a mere peep about this outrageous comment. I found out about it from Feminist Review.
Can you imagine the uproar if Forster would have made such a stereotypical comment about an ethnic group? It just goes to show that women, while making up more than 50% of the population, are still an acceptable group to generalize about.
You notice it's a (clueless) male who made this comment, anyhow.
Each day I realize how lucky I was to grow up with a feminist dad who told me I could do anything I wanted. He'd be pissed about this kind of comment, too.