On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what’s on our radar today!

• Why Twitter’s woman problem is bigger than just “checking a box.” [Feministing]

• The National Center for Transgender Equality released a new report highlighting the challenges of transgender immigrants. [Colorlines]

• According to the head of animation on the new Disney princess movie Frozenanimating female characters is super hard because they need to have emotions and look pretty. Here's the quote: “Animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression.” [The Mary Sue]

• Ohio’s abortion restrictions are an example of the pro-life incremental strategy: pushing the boundaries of Supreme Court guidelines without technically violating them. And it’s working: only 11 clinics remain in Ohio, and some more may be forced to close. [NYT]

• Autostraddle writes about the major problems with how the horror genre uses transfeminity. [Autostraddle]

• Check out the Kickstarter for Equal Means Equal, a documentary about the Equal Rights Amendment—and how it never got passed. [Kickstarter]

• It’s estimated that over 200 people were arrested during the National Day for Dignity and Respect for Immigration Reform on the National Mall this Tuesday. [Racialicious]

What’s on your radar? Add your links to the comments. 

by Arielle Yarwood
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I am grieved beyond words that Disney has made this movie. It wasn't enough that they had to go and butcher The Little Mermaid. Now they have to take The Snow Queen too. I adore Hans Christian Anderson's stories. My parents read them all to me over and over when I was little. They are beautiful and tragic and moving. They all have a theme of realism, understanding consequences and self-sacrifice. Disney just doesn't get those things. Gone are the days when they would make a movie like Bambi. Now everything has to be upbeat and happy with no real lessons learned. I have been on a Disney boycott for quite some time anyway but I wouldn't go anywhere near this movie. I can tell already that it will be truly awful and will take what was a beautiful, soulful story and turn it into vapid fluff.

I cannot agree more

All Disney is these days, is being that of a profit machine caving into the hyper-competitive demands of the Hollywood-industrial-complex of not caring about how the products they generate as "entertainment" affect humans other than ripping them off of their very hard-earned, easily spent, dollars. I also agree that there really was a time when Disney cared. Films such as "Bambi" and "Pinocchio" were good examples of teaching at least a few valuable life lessons to the masses. Suffice to say, there is a generation of young people out there that will only get being sold to, and sold out by the machine that is Disney.

It is not only Disney, but most any entity generating "family" entertainment. It's not about human values at all, but in exploiting, stereotyping, and taking advantage of the most vulnerable and impressionable to sell products and develop "brand loyalty" that is completely worthless and, ultimately, destructive.

I suggest to all concerned by becoming involved <a href="http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/">right here<a/>

I also recommend reading <a href="http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780061711534-0">this book</a> for a more nuanced take on the matter.

Thank you so much for linking

Thank you so much for linking to the Autostraddle article! Honestly I was uncomfortable reading it, but only because the author identified some very serious problems with horror films that have very real consequences. Still, I am SO happy that she wrote about it. Highly recommended, although maybe with a tiny trigger warning. :)

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