[LMB] OT: Stereotypes was DOS Attack, Iraq Style...

Sylvus Tarn sylvus at rejiquar.com
Mon May 1 16:23:00 BST 2006

On Mon, 2006-05-01 at 10:44 -0400, Elizabeth McCoy wrote:
> I am entirely blanking on Tarzan's Jane; brown hair, I think?

Yes. Jane was fun; I liked her. Of all the Dizzy heroines, Mulan is my
favorite, 'cuz *she's* the one who wins---she doesn't get rescued by
some guy (never mind that no military grunt would be allowed to disobey
orders they way she did---it's a dizzy film after all);  though I admit
I really liked the way they rewrote the ending to the Little Mermaid
(how I *detested* the original)---also that Eric uses his brains and
tools  (talk about multiplying your power using a whole ship!) to defeat
the sea-witch.  Contrasted, say, to B&B, in which we have that testorone
laden fight for dominance in the end that certainly had nothing to do
with the original (though again, I felt they deserved a few kudos for
observations on mob violence and not using the evil stepsister
meme---loved the way Robin McKinley turned that one on its head, in both
her retellings.)

In fact, the question should be whether they've actually ever had a
blonde heroine with any spine?  (I don't think lions or deer count.)
Cinderella was just a sweet, empty-headed idiot that allowed herself to
be locked up by her step-mother---in fact all the female characters,
with the possible exception of the godmother---were useless in that
story.  The story was about---and the heroes were--the *mice*.  My kids
*adored* that film when they were little, and it made my feminist heart
*cringe*.  They actually would scrub floors.  But only on their hands
and knees! But aside from teasing them I never banned it;  figured it
was better to let them grow out of it, and they have (including the

Was it Sleeping Beauty that had the competing idiot godmothers with blue
and pink magic that basically gave themselves to the enemy again?---And
needless to say, Snow White was another doormat;  it's the cute dwarfs
that everyone remembers.


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