Beefcakes: Masculinity in Disney Movies

April 2nd, 2011 § 0

I’ve been thinking about the construction of masculinity in the texts and films we’ve been looking at and came across this video on the topic:

Gaston is probably my favorite Disney character. Even though he is a total stereotypical beefcake (and a villain), I think his character should be seen as a critique or a caricature of hypermasculine characters in animation.

The History of the Universe As Told By Wonder Woman

March 1st, 2011 § 2

I found this really great clip of a documentary on the history of Wonder Woman that is currently in production. Here is some information about the film from their website:

“The goal of the film is to explore how female heroes have fared in popular culture. We’re using Wonder Woman as the central figure in this story, as she’s the rare example of a female hero who doesn’t require rescue and determines her own actions and adventures. The film not only serves as an inquiry into our evolving values about women as agents of strength, authority and leadership, but also reminds us of our common need — no matter our gender, race, class or sexual orientation — for stories that tell us we can all be heroes.

To date we’ve interviewed several well-known personalities, such as Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), as well as a host of comic artists and writers, sociologists, authors and many others — including women and men, young and old, who find inspiration in Wonder Woman and her legacy.

For more information about our amazing team and interviewees, please visit our website: www.vaquerafilms.com/wonderwoman.”

I had no idea about her brief career as a boutique owner, though I am glad that career (and outfit) is a thing of the past. It’s always great to have female superheroes who can be inspirational because of their talent and perseverance and for being a badass.

Simon’s Cat: Sticky Tape

February 28th, 2011 § 0

This is the most recent episode of the Simon’s Cat series. I’m really into the minimalist aesthetic in this series. I also appreciate that cats can be total idiots.
If you’re unfamiliar with the series, you can check it out here: http://www.simonscat.com

Something Slightly More Interesting

February 21st, 2011 § 4

These are some words. It doesn’t really matter.

honey badger don't give a shit

Look at him eating a snake!

That’s disgusting!