“Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth in Movies on Jan 03, 2014 |
There's been some debate over whether Disney's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," is borderline sexist or fairly accurate, mostly in regards to the portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins (played by Emma Thompson). In a review of the film for LA Weekly, writer Amy Nicholson explains that Travers is portrayed as uptight and, well, bitchy, while Walt Disney, (Tom Hanks) comes off as a hero. Nicholson's reader's were pretty up in arms about these ... Read More
You know the stereotype: men are better at math than women. Of course it’s not accurate, but it turns out that the stereotype itself may be negatively affecting our math performance. In a recent study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, Indiana University’s Katie J. Van Loo and Robert J. Rydell suggest that women are negatively affected by seeing models of male dominance within the context of math.
For the study, ... Read More
A few short days ago, the writer Suey Park set Twitter ablaze with the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, meant to open discussion on feminist and queer issues within the Asian American community. In conversation with Buzzfeed, Park expresses concern over patriarchal ideologies within the Asian American spaces, and she explains her desire to create a space for honest dialogue about stereotyping and prejudices that are often overlooked in ... Read More
After being called out as grossly sexist, a children’s joke book in Spain has been pulled by its publisher. The book, "Pequechistes: Sobre chicas (sólo para chicos)" or "Little Jokes: About Girls (for Boys Only)," includes some deeply upsetting jokes about women and our relationships to men. Not only does it compare women to tiles by quipping “they’re both at [men’s] feet,” but it also glamorizes domestic violence: "What ... Read More