Omg you need to WATCH THIS TED TALK RIGHT NOW
It’s (almost entierly non-problematic) feminist: yes
It talks about social ques given to children through kid’s movies and the whole Magical Quest trope: yes
It talks about raising boys to respect women in a way that’s not just chilvarly: yes
It’s written by a man: yes
I think talks like this are really important when it comes to future creators in the industry. Little girls can relate to boy characters all the time, I loved Donatello in the ninja turtles just as much as I loved sailor mercury from sailor moon. My brother however found no one in my ’ girl ’ shows to relate to. Shows are made targeting boys because girls have been kind of conditioned to watch a wider range. The first small steps are being taken to hopefully change this but with such a huge industry is always good to have the topic open to remind people.
I have to say that I liked “The Princess and the Frog” more than “Tangled” because I thought the women were better (Technically, most of the inter-women discussions were about men, but Tiana talked with her mom about her dad a lot and I think that could be considered more a discussion of what he represented than his manliness; Rapunzel talked with her mom more about how she is absolutely not allowed to meet anyone, especially men, which, in my opinion, is closer to not passing the Bechdel test), but I agree wholeheartedly. We need some shows about girls that are aimed at boys. We need to teach boys that girls are cool — even cooler than fezzes — and that there are relatable women out there who are really worth rooting for.
I also recommend “Summer Wars,” which has a male protagonist who has to team up with lots of other people, including his love interest, to save the world, and which has the most badass grandmother in the history of television, and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” by the same director, which is exactly what it sounds like and which also features strong women.
Ugh. Why do my examples of strong women come from Japan? Do you realize how messed up that is? People regularly get groped on the subway there.