Here are two things I never expected to be told in the same breath: “You’re so skinny! This will look cute on you,” and “I’m pretty sure you’re lying about that time your dad molested you.”
Nine months ago, I confronted my father about sexually abusing me as a child. Since then, my communication with my family has been limited, and it caught me off-guard when, just two weeks ago, my aunt invited me to meet her for lunch. I impulsively agreed, and initially, we started on the right note. After a few minutes of polite pleasantries, she handed me a gift bag. Inside, I found a hand-me-down Ann Taylor blazer with the tags still on (“I love the pattern, but it just doesn’t fit me”) and a copy of Meredith Maran’s My Lie: A True Story of False Memory (“I learned so much from this book. It’s amazing how unreliable our memories are, don’t you think?”). Never before had I felt so flattered and insulted all at once. Keep reading »
The day I realized that Kyle and I weren’t going to get married was the day he told me how he’d always dreamed of honeymooning at Disneyland Paris.
My family was into nature. Most of our vacations were spent hiking through national parks. But Kyle’s family went to the same place every single year: Disney World. They stayed at the same hotel, ate at the same restaurants, and rode the same rides. These people were okay with paying a lot of money to be an audience year in and year out. I mean a lot of money: tickets, fast passes, souvenirs, overpriced food, hotel rooms. When they came back from Disney, all they could talk about was when they were going to go again. Did I mention the youngest member of their family was 25? Keep reading »
Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod, after months of anticipation and Instagram photos from the set that made me blubber like a baby at my desk, we finally have the first official preview of “Girl Meets World.” And it’s really good. I mean, it’s good in a corny kids’ show way, but still really good. E! Online released an exclusive sneak peek at the trailer today, which features Rowan Blanchard’s debut as mischievous Riley (AKA The Girl Who Meets World), and lets us see Cory and Topanga in action as her savvy, loving parents. More good news on the GMW front: Ryder Strong (Shawn), William Daniels (Mr. Feeny), and Lee Norris (MINKUS!!!!) are all set to make cameos in the first season. Uh oh, I’m crying again. [E! Online]
Disney World is the happiest place on Earth, at least according to Disney’s copyright lawyers. That description may fit pretty well for kids and a few adults, but working here is a different matter altogether. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still a Magic Kingdom. But Disney’s “magic” is a multifaceted thing, just as liable to make some dude barf on the teacup ride as it is to create precious childhood memories. Find out what you never knew about what goes on inside on Cracked…
When 22-year-old Brian Hull heard about a gift card contest that asked competitors to contribute their own cover of the song ”Let It Go” from “Frozen,” he got to work on recording one — in the voices of 21 different Disney and Pixar characters. The vocal performance major at Dallas Baptist University brings the voices of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Sebastian The Crab, Tigger, Goofy and many others with impersonations you have to hear to believe. It’s almost scary how many voices he can do in rapid succesion! If this kid does not have a voiceover contact already, Disney doesn’t know what it’s doing. [USA Today]
I think every feminist who grew up loving “The Little Mermaid” has that moment when it hits you: Ariel literally gave up her voice for a man. Then you start thinking about the gender dynamics in all your other favorite childhood movies, and pretty soon your Disney obsession has crashed down around you, a pile of misogynist, racist rubble where Cinderella’s gleaming castle used to be. This video asks a simple question: what if Disney princesses realized everything they gave up to snag their princes, and decided to be their own heroes instead? [YouTube]
Disney princesses are a very specific breed of (cartoon) women, something akin to a casting session for “The Bachelor.” Tall, skinny, long-hair, conventionally beautiful. In other woods, despite the company’s attempt to diversify their movies in recent years, Disney princesses are not even remotely reflective of women in the real world.
High school junior Jewel Moore of Farmville, Virginia, is trying to change that. She is asking Disney, through a Change.org petition, to create the first-ever plus-size Disney princess. Keep reading »
Artist Karen Graw created these “real life” versions of Disney characters by turning their cartoon faces into realistic photo illustrations, inadvertently proving that the vast majority of Disney princesses look exactly the same. Still, her renderings are pretty impressive. Can you guess who’s who? Check your answers after the jump! [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »