Friday, October 19, 2018

Disney and Feminism

I read today that some Disney actresses are standing up for feminism. 

Keira Knightley (left) who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018), said she has banned her three-year-old daughter from watching Disney films whose representation of women she disagreed with. 

She identified Cinderella and Little Mermaid

Knightley explained that 1950's Cinderella "waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don't! Rescue yourself. Obviously!" 

And that Little Mermaid gives her “voice up for a man. Hello!" 

Kristen Bell (right), who played Disney princess Anna in Frozen, has an issue with Snow White.

She told Parenting Magazine that Snow White sends the wrong message about consent to children. She had posed a succession of rhetorical questions to her two daughters. 

“Don't you think it's weird that Snow White didn't ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? 

Or where she got that apple? 

Don't you think that it's weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission? Because you cannot kiss someone if they're sleeping!" 

Knightly and Bell are proudly wearing their feminist credentials and therefore, we shouldn't be surprised that they favor movies with strong female protagonists. 

The later Disney movies have that. 

Princess Merida of DunBroch from Brave (2012) and Queen Elsa of Arendelle from Frozen (2013) are excellent examples.

And so, these two thespians are consciously avoiding those films that inform women their problems get solved because a big, strong man shows up. 

And this fanciful dependency on a Prince Charming to make a grand entrance and save them from whatever. 

The portrayal of women being powerless and helpless is both flawed and false. 

I support! 

But wait a sec! Somebody tell these ladies that Hollywood has been peddling this nonsense since time immemorial. Like it or not, everything is still pretty much male-dominated. I suppose men find it hard to give up control.

On Thursday, I returned to the Sunway Leadership Center in Menara Sunway Annexe in Bandar Sunway, Selangor to attend the Shine Toastmasters meeting.

IPP Selina Chong had kindly arranged for me to deliver my first Advanced speech there – my latest quest to earn my fifth ACG award. It is Project #1 The Folk Tale from the Storytelling manual titled “Ugly and the Beast”: 

My speech was well-received and I was voted Best Project Speaker. 

A good meeting overall and Shine Toastmasters really know how to make the whole Toastmasters experience glow with conviviality, glimmer with zest and glitter with enjoyment:


Yesterday, I expressed my disappointment that I didn’t achieve my Toastmasters’ 100-Awards KPI. 

At least, I did achieve my Project Speech KPI. Right from the start, I had wanted to deliver a speech a week, whether from the Competent Communication and/or Advanced Communication manuals – and in 10 years, this should add up to 520 speeches.

This week is already WEEK 536, which translates to 536 project speeches – and at Shine, I’ve delivered my 633rd speech. Therefore, I have exceeded by 97 speeches. 

Thank you, fellow Toastmasters! I can only deliver my speeches if I have speaking slots. Many clubs have been forthcoming with speaking opportunities for me – and I am grateful. 

Just a random thought. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I can do 367 more speeches before I finally exit from Toastmasters?

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