Anonymous asked: I love Alice in Wonderland, but I hate how the characters treated her.

Well, it is a story about a logical person in a world full of disorder and nonsense. It’s no surprise that none of them are helpful or polite.

-pik

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goingdownthebayou:

I am so sorry this is so long. I didn’t mean for it to be like this, tried arranging some side by side but the size difference is jarring.

Don’t reblog this, The reblog friendly link is right here.

So sorry for the major scroll!! <3

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Anonymous asked: I hate the new perception of Tinker Bell. In Peter Pan she was rude and stubborn and acted like a brat, but now in all these children's movies she is a sweet little flower and it makes me so upset for some reason. I have nothing against Tink, I just wish Disney had left her character be.

I’m with you. They probably did it because she’s an iconic character that people can identify without seeing the movie, so they figured they could sell that image with their own cutesy canon to sell more Tinkerbell merch. (I also don’t like her new design- eugh)

-pik

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Anonymous asked: I hate that people label Gaston as a villain. Yes, I am aware he is cocky as hell and is in love with himself but he does care a great deal for Belle. Everyone in the town thinks she and her father are odd, and yes Gaston agrees but he puts it aside and tries to win her over. Just because he is self righteous doesn't mean he is a villain like Ursula or Captain Hook.

Your perception of affection is extremely warped if you think that anything Gaston did is out of care for Belle.

Read this and see if it does anything for you.

But seriously, what Gaston did was not out of any concern or affection for Belle: it was about his ego and reputation. He only wanted Belle for her looks; he didn’t care anything for her interests or what she actually wanted. He tries to blackmail her into marrying him by threatening to put her father in a mental institution. Plus, looking at that scene where he goes to her house with the wedding party is extremely rapey.

-pik 

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whoizmemic:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I haven’t worn my Tiana cosplay since a group on tumblr tore me apart for "white-washing" her. It really hurts because her character is the only one I relate to, and helped me to push through when I was working two jobs and struggling to get through university. Now it just feels like I can’t even show my appreciation to her because there are ‘plenty of other princesses for me to dress up as’"

Don’t let them do that to you confessor! Everyone deserves fair treatment. When black people want to wear cosplays of white characters people say it’s racist to put them down for it. Yet they try and twist it when its the reversal. Putting down anyone because they aren’t the same color as character when they are just cosplaying for fun is racist. Sure there aren’t many characters for black people to cosplay which really stinks but that doesn’t mean white people can’t cosplay as black characters and whatever they want too. It’s just as racist to try and hate on a white person for wanting to dress up as a black character they admire. I applaud you anon for wearing a Tiana cosplay. The reason we cosplay is because we love the characters and want to pay tribute to them. You have EVERY right to express your love to a character. 

While I wholeheartedly agree that the OP shouldn&#8217;t be bullied for cosplaying Tiana and that cosplay is more about character appreciation rather than representation (though there are lines that should not be crossed even if it&#8217;s cosplay), it isn&#8217;t just about skin color.
The reason the OP&#8217;s haters are so defensive is for one, like you mentioned, canon black characters are hard to come by. It&#8217;s understandable for people to be defensive over the few characters they can dress as without any problem (but definitely not to the point of harassment). There&#8217;s also the fact that black cosplayers catch a lot of flack for dressing as non-black characters.  There&#8217;s also the issue that historically white people have dressed as people of color as a form of entertainment and mockery (I&#8217;m not saying that it is the OP&#8217;s intent, but the situation could be seen as problematic in that context).
Cosplay definitely has more flexibility as far as representation goes. We are able to identify with characters who are not of our race and dressing as them is our way of appreciating them. But that doesn&#8217;t erase any problematic aspects of fandom or any kind of historical/social/cultural context that&#8217;s lingered.
What needs to be understood that the OP, regardless of their intent, still comes from a place of privilege as far as representation is concerned. There is a definite difference in the number of white female characters compared to black female characters. All in all, there&#8217;s nothing wrong with the OP dressing up as Tiana no more than a black cosplayer dressing up as Belle. And the bullying that they&#8217;ve gone through is unacceptable. But, it cannot be ignored that there are other issues involved in this other than the OP dressing up as their favorite character.

whoizmemic:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I haven’t worn my Tiana cosplay since a group on tumblr tore me apart for "white-washing" her. It really hurts because her character is the only one I relate to, and helped me to push through when I was working two jobs and struggling to get through university. Now it just feels like I can’t even show my appreciation to her because there are ‘plenty of other princesses for me to dress up as’"

Don’t let them do that to you confessor! Everyone deserves fair treatment. When black people want to wear cosplays of white characters people say it’s racist to put them down for it. Yet they try and twist it when its the reversal. Putting down anyone because they aren’t the same color as character when they are just cosplaying for fun is racist. Sure there aren’t many characters for black people to cosplay which really stinks but that doesn’t mean white people can’t cosplay as black characters and whatever they want too. It’s just as racist to try and hate on a white person for wanting to dress up as a black character they admire. I applaud you anon for wearing a Tiana cosplay. The reason we cosplay is because we love the characters and want to pay tribute to them. You have EVERY right to express your love to a character. 

While I wholeheartedly agree that the OP shouldn’t be bullied for cosplaying Tiana and that cosplay is more about character appreciation rather than representation (though there are lines that should not be crossed even if it’s cosplay), it isn’t just about skin color.

The reason the OP’s haters are so defensive is for one, like you mentioned, canon black characters are hard to come by. It’s understandable for people to be defensive over the few characters they can dress as without any problem (but definitely not to the point of harassment). There’s also the fact that black cosplayers catch a lot of flack for dressing as non-black characters.  There’s also the issue that historically white people have dressed as people of color as a form of entertainment and mockery (I’m not saying that it is the OP’s intent, but the situation could be seen as problematic in that context).

Cosplay definitely has more flexibility as far as representation goes. We are able to identify with characters who are not of our race and dressing as them is our way of appreciating them. But that doesn’t erase any problematic aspects of fandom or any kind of historical/social/cultural context that’s lingered.

What needs to be understood that the OP, regardless of their intent, still comes from a place of privilege as far as representation is concerned. There is a definite difference in the number of white female characters compared to black female characters. All in all, there’s nothing wrong with the OP dressing up as Tiana no more than a black cosplayer dressing up as Belle. And the bullying that they’ve gone through is unacceptable. But, it cannot be ignored that there are other issues involved in this other than the OP dressing up as their favorite character.

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Anonymous asked: Hello! I posted that confession about thinking the princesses looked healthy. A couple people commented on it saying I was seriously mistaken- I know that. I know there are many different body types that are all healthy, and I would be great for Disney to explore them. The confession is from my past. I thought this about ten years ago. I just wanted people to know that to MANY NOT ALL children skinny does equate to healthy because that is how they were raised. Obviously that is changing ...

That’s basically what I was addressing with my comment. We are conditioned socially through media (especially now that media is everywhere) whether consciously or subliminally that thinness is acceptable/desirable. As well as the notion that we, especially women, have to look a certain way to gain desirability/health. While it may be the norm and what we’ve all been taught to accept, that doesn’t excuse it and it needs to be called out.

WARNING: PERSONAL STORIES AND MENTIONS OF EATING DISORDERS  

A friend of mine had a battle with bulimia because she wanted to be thin. While she had a thin waist, she had very big hips and thick thighs. But what she didn’t realize was that her body type wan’t going to magic away because she lost weight. She’s better now, thank goodness, but I still don’t think she’s learned to accept and love her body completely.

I myself had a lot of issues with my own weight growing up, eventually learning that my body type and frame is not going to support thinness. I’ve since learned to better take care of myself and have improved my health as well as learn body positivity and self love. It wasn’t until I learned that body types and sizes differ and that societal and even some medical expectations of health were problematic and skewed, that I began to accept myself and gain a better self image.

-pik

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asteroidbsixonetwo:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"

YAAAS YAAAS YAAAS YAAAS. Telling girls they all have to be skinny isn’t okay, but telling them they all have to be “healthy” isn’t okay either. First of all, “healthy” is a lifestyle, not an image. So we need to stop pretending that we can draw a picture of a “healthy” girl. “Healthy” is different for every girl, just like body type. And frankly girls have better things to do than worry about what their bodies look like, even if they are concerned with being healthy. You can be underweight and live a good life. You can be overweight and live a good life. You can eat ice cream and live a good life. You can run every day and live a good life. So we need to stop pretending that telling girls that “looking healthy” is any better than telling them to look skinny because it isn’t. The problem isn’t just that all girls can’t be skinny, it’s that all girls cannot be one image, even if that one image is “healthy.”

asteroidbsixonetwo:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"

YAAAS YAAAS YAAAS YAAAS. Telling girls they all have to be skinny isn’t okay, but telling them they all have to be “healthy” isn’t okay either. First of all, “healthy” is a lifestyle, not an image. So we need to stop pretending that we can draw a picture of a “healthy” girl. “Healthy” is different for every girl, just like body type. And frankly girls have better things to do than worry about what their bodies look like, even if they are concerned with being healthy. You can be underweight and live a good life. You can be overweight and live a good life. You can eat ice cream and live a good life. You can run every day and live a good life. So we need to stop pretending that telling girls that “looking healthy” is any better than telling them to look skinny because it isn’t. The problem isn’t just that all girls can’t be skinny, it’s that all girls cannot be one image, even if that one image is “healthy.”

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dapenguinninja:

mcklb813:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"

I do think that this would be great however it would be looked at as if Disney was promoting obesity.

by this flawless logic we now know that Disney has been promoting anorexia all these years. Thanks for clearing that up. Because if you see a fat person, there must be something medically wrong. After all those years in medical school, your expert knowledge on the health standards of humans is remarkable. Thank you.

dapenguinninja:

mcklb813:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"

I do think that this would be great however it would be looked at as if Disney was promoting obesity.

by this flawless logic we now know that Disney has been promoting anorexia all these years. Thanks for clearing that up. Because if you see a fat person, there must be something medically wrong. After all those years in medical school, your expert knowledge on the health standards of humans is remarkable. Thank you.

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waltdisneyconfessions:

"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"

waltdisneyconfessions:

"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"

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waltdisneyconfessions:

"I had always viewed the "princess body" as just being healthy. People have told me that I have that body, and I took great pride in it. When I found out people thought it was setting impossible expectations, I was actually really embarassed. When they say it is unrealistic it always feels like they are mocking me"

If you attributed the basic hour-glass/thin figure as being healthy, you&#8217;ve obviously internalized the view that skinny=healthy/desirable. While there&#8217;s nothing wrong with you loving and appreciating your body, you must understand that the image of thinness perpetuated by media is in fact harmful to others.
It sets up the false notion that thin/skinny people are healthy and plus-sized/fat people are unhealthy. This is obviously untrue since things like skeletal structure, muscle mass, genetics and other things come into play as to how our bodies are shaped. And the reason it is unrealistic is that it&#8217;s not a body type that anyone can achieve: for one thing because we&#8217;re all made differently, and second, access to healthier foods as well as keeping a health regimen aren&#8217;t available to everyone.
And if someone is pointing out that the body types of Disney princesses are unrealistic (which they are; their waist-to-head ratios are ridiculous), they&#8217;re not mocking you; they&#8217;re taking a critical look at how perpetuating images of thinness in media are not necessarily healthy as well as their effects on perceptions of other bodies as well as their effects on individual self-esteem.

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I had always viewed the "princess body" as just being healthy. People have told me that I have that body, and I took great pride in it. When I found out people thought it was setting impossible expectations, I was actually really embarassed. When they say it is unrealistic it always feels like they are mocking me"

If you attributed the basic hour-glass/thin figure as being healthy, you’ve obviously internalized the view that skinny=healthy/desirable. While there’s nothing wrong with you loving and appreciating your body, you must understand that the image of thinness perpetuated by media is in fact harmful to others.

It sets up the false notion that thin/skinny people are healthy and plus-sized/fat people are unhealthy. This is obviously untrue since things like skeletal structure, muscle mass, genetics and other things come into play as to how our bodies are shaped. And the reason it is unrealistic is that it’s not a body type that anyone can achieve: for one thing because we’re all made differently, and second, access to healthier foods as well as keeping a health regimen aren’t available to everyone.

And if someone is pointing out that the body types of Disney princesses are unrealistic (which they are; their waist-to-head ratios are ridiculous), they’re not mocking you; they’re taking a critical look at how perpetuating images of thinness in media are not necessarily healthy as well as their effects on perceptions of other bodies as well as their effects on individual self-esteem.

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