Feminist Fantasies

This isn’t specifically about Disney but it is kind of the flip side of the earlier posts on villains. How different eras have a different type of ideal woman presented to us in the media. These ideals and villains may seem harmless but they can affect us and our daughters in serious ways. We always want to watch out for tropes and trends, acknowledge them and then enjoy the entertainment.

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So yes it’s another one of my feminism posts but it’s late at night and I feel like writing about something so why not! Over the weekend I was talking with my sister about her women’s studies classes and it got me thinking about the differences between the ideal woman of her era and of mine.

When I was in college we talked about a cycle of female imagery that we saw in the 40’s and 50’s. From Rosy the Riveter of WWII to the June Cleavers and Donna Reeds of the 50s.

I particularly remember analyzing I Love Lucy and how the working woman of the war had been turned into a silly, foolish, klutz always needing to be rescued and scolded by her husband (btw I think some of the episodes are very funny but that does tend to be the theme- Lucy get’s in trouble, Ricky groans…

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