(Via Ms. Marx and other places. I think Bean may have emailed me these, too.)
There are no words for the genius.
Awesome. Let me see how I can spread the word about this.
hmm.. if I may an alternative character interpretation to Belle: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Dresses/Film
Jenny, you are either misunderstanding the trope, or the videos above. By the means should these two videos be tarred with the ‘No real women wear dresses’ brush.
I love the “Stockholm” line.
Okay, loved the first one. I always enjoy well-done sarcasm.
The second one, not so much. We should just learn to be accept our bodies, and then we will be happy, and the rain will never fall ’til after sundown, and the rivers will run with wine, and the streets will be paved with puppies. Or something like that.
I’m trans. I’ve tried it all my life. It did not work particularly well for me. So I’m changing my body. It’s MY body.
Re-cast it a bit and I’m okay with it: plastic surgery to attain or retain the object of our devotion is usually problematical and should be carefully examined before proceeding.
But it didn’t feel like that was quite what she was saying. I’m not in the mood to watch it twice to see if I was right; I’m going with my gut on this one.
edited to add: I agree with Medea on the “Stockholm” line. That was the laugh-out-loud moment.
I have one big problem with the Belle video. Why are they acting like marrying Gaston was a good idea? Sure, he was “goal oriented”. He was so goal oriented that he threw the wedding before he proposed to her, was openly contemptuous of her autonomy, tried to force her to marry him by threatening her father’s freedom and safety, and then tried to kill the man she chose over him when she still refused. And the only reason he cared about her was because she was “the most beautiful girl in town.” If someone who met the beauty standard better had come along, he’d have dropped her like a hot potato.
Funny… but to be fair, Belle didn’t stay around the beast because she was trying to ‘change him’, she was there to save her father. She actually does try to escape once, and leaves once he lets her go. She’s socially ostracised for being ‘strange’ – i.e. she’s intellectual and reads instead of going after the ‘alpha’ male and really only becomes close to the Beast once he stops the abuse and starts showing better manners – which he learns from her. She does end up changing him, but isn’t attempting to.
There are issues, (the stockholm syndrome line is about right) but Belle is one of the better Disney female role models imo.
(Haven’t watched the second one, it won’t play for some reason.)
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