Sunday, October 9, 2011

Talking Points # 4 Quotes*

1. Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us by Linda Christensen

Pg 127 "Children's cartoons, movies, and literature are perhaps the most influential genre 'read'."
I think that this is that authors main argument in the text, from the second we are born we are surrounded by stuffed animals and cartoons influencing our lives on what to like and what to look like. We aren't given the chance to decide for ourselves what our likes and dislikes are because they are being forced down our throats the first chance they get.

Pg. 130 "Look, Ursula the sea witch is ugly and smart. Hey, she's kind of dark looking. The young, pretty ones only want to hook their man; the old, pretty ones are mean because they are loosing their looks."
There are so many things wrong with this quote, first implying that if your 'ugly' that means your smart, and by saying shes dark looking, that's saying she's not white. Life isn't just about what we look like, and by this quote it sounds like we have a time limit on when we can find a mate, and it HAS to be before our 'good looks' run out. Love is supposed to be about whats on the inside, not the exterior.

Pg. 134 "Sabrina said, I realized these problems weren't just in cartoons. They were in everything-every magazine I picked up, every television show I watched, every billboard I passed by on the street."
Its important to realize that these issues are everywhere, and we can no longer avoid them. We can't just blame it on one singular person, we need to voice our opinions and make a change.

3. I don't think that parents should 'punish' their kids from missing out on cartoons but I really do think there needs to be a change, cartoons shouldn't be so racist and sexist. It's so frustrating to think that Disney just recently came out with a Princess of a race other than white- this is both frustrating and exciting at the same time. It's exciting to know that steps are being made in the right direction to include everyone. We all just need to work together to make the world a better, friendlier place.

1 comment:

  1. To your first quote, it is so true because from growing up that is all i remember is movie after movie or toys that implied certain things. This media was very influential because i did want to become a princess just like in the movies, and so do my little cousins now.