‘Frozen’: Giving Credit Where It Is Due

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Just about every conversation I have had with a friend or acquaintance since returning to college involves some frantic interrogation regarding the viewing of the new Disney movie Frozen. This usually happens at about a mid-shout volume, followed by either paroxysms of anguish and despair or joy and excitement. It is sufficient to say that I am a fan of the movie, and like an evangelical minister, I feel compelled to spread the good news to every person I meet.

Initially, watching Frozen felt slightly uncomfortable. It’s most likely because I’m a pseudo-adult, and the plot line was in some places predictable. (I also blame my stay at home, having watched far too many episodes of 24 and squelching any feelings of surprise when, say, something explodes or the president is targeted). There were a lot of things that I thoroughly enjoyed in the movie (SVEN), and a few things that I most definitely did not see coming. Like many people, however, it was hard to put into words the many positive things that this movie did for women and certain unacknowledged social issues. Lucky for me, Gina Luttrell wrote an article that did the trick! “7 Moments That Made ‘Frozen’ the Most Progressive Disney Movie Ever” is a quick read that outlines many issues that Disney acknowledges in their latest animated movie.

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Ms. Luttrell acknowledges many new steps taken forward — Elsa’s independence and self-empowerment, Anna’s proclivity for awkward situations and a flair for wreckless abandon, and (my favorite) calling out the classic Disney instant love/marriage, as well as much more. A decidedly feel-good movie, I commend the writers at Disney for taking liberties where they thought appropriate and creating a story that departs from many of the movies in the past.

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My thoughts exactly.

A quick disclaimer: Frozen is by no means a perfect film. From the perspective of someone who began this project with a focus on body image, it is disheartening to see that the sisters are given unrealistic proportions and eyes the size of a small country. However, I find that these concerns were overshadowed, at least for the moment, by all of the positive messages that have been incorporated into the subtext of the movie. Changing social perceptions of women, whether as strong protagonists or bearing realistic bodies, is not an overnight process. If this is the first step that Disney is taking, I’m more than willing to accept it with the expectation that they will exceed their past improvements.

Time for A Change, I Think!

Hello all!

I’m sure you have all been just dying to find another post on this lovely website for quite some time. For lack of a better term, I was struck with the winter break epidemic of the lazies and only recently found the strength to overcome the satisfying existence that is doing nothing with my life. My timing couldn’t be better, what with classes starting up again, but I digress.

This year, I aim to adjust the focus of my blog, widening the scope of the topics to include other women’s issues other than body image. I haven’t lost sight of the issues that I originally wished to discuss in this blog, but I have been feeling more and more compelled to talk about events and news that are just as relevant to my life. Body image is still a very important topic for me, but now I would like to take time to talk about things that influence and reflect the image of women in society. Those things that seem to embody accurate or poor depictions of women, or that maintain unwanted stereotypes, etc. will now be added to the list of topics that I approach on a more regular basis.

Moving forward, the blog will begin a slow and steady remodeling to reflect the changes in the material that I will be incorporating more often.

More to follow!