I was 13 years old when Marc Lépine opened fire and murdered 14 women for being at engineering school when he wasn’t. He blamed feminism for the situation he was in, and murdered these women for being in non-traditional jobs, for being there.
Every year, the memorials I go to are different. Some are quiet - I remember several winters in the snow, holding candles and reciting names like a talisman against violence.
Geneviève Bergeron, 21 years old. Hélène Colgan, 24 years old. Nathalie Croteau, 24 years old.
When I was younger, they seemed impossibly mature and sophisticated. I used to imagine them laughing and enjoying university, cut down without warning. Now that I’m 35, they seem so young, and I wonder if they were afraid.
The first being that its script was written by a woman. (Not new for Disney, but still a welcome fact.)
The second being that it’s the first female-male directing partnership Disney Animation has ever had. (With the first female director who has ever fully directed an animated feature at Pixar/Disney.) (I should point out that most Disney animated features have directing partnerships.)
The third being that the song-writing team is a husband and wife pairing.
The fourth being that the film’s two major protagonists are female, and both carry equal weight in the film.
The fifth being that the film ultimately revolves around the relationship between two sisters—and (spoiler alert!) in the end, neither of them need a man to rescue them or solve their problems.
The sixth being that it’s film about a young girl who is told all her life to restrain herself and “be the good girl” she’s told to be, and learns that ultimately, being true to herself is the only thing that matters. (The anthem song is called “Let it Go”.)
The seventh being that it’s a Disney princess film that deconstructs Disney princess films—all without shaming sociotypical femininity or glorifying masculinity.
It’s not the most amazing animated feature you’ve ever seen, and it’s not a perfect feminism manifesto, but Frozen is a film that takes some pretty awesome strides in gender inequality behind the scenes and breaking out of gender roles onscreen. If you were planning on ignoring it because of that “all girls look the same” fiasco, as I was, I urge you to reconsider and go support it for the step forward I think it is. :) Let’s get some more female-directed animated features out there!
“The term boy is reserved for young males, bellhops, and car attendants, and as a putdown to those males judged inferior. “Boy” connotes immaturity and powerlessness.
On the other hand, women of all ages may be called “girls.” Grown females “play bridge with the girls” and indulge in “girl talk.” They are encouraged to remain childlike, and the implication is that they are basically immature and without power.”—Gender Stereotyping in the English Language, Laurel Richardson (via art-is-bodies)
dance teacher Grantaire showing an intensely embarrassed Enjolras how to waltz
dance teacher Grantaire running a weekend class with cute little kiddies
dance teacher Grantaire helping a terrified-of-messsing-up Marius learn the steps for the first dance at his wedding
dance teacher Grantaire being extra brilliant in a fight because he’s nimble and graceful and did you know people who do ballet are absurdly strong and flexible because Bahorel didn’t before their playfight and now he’s on the floor