Disney anti-feminist? Superfriends too? & Max and Ruby
March 9, 2009, 10:50 pm
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When I watch kids shows on tv, I thank god that I only have boys.  Since I started paying attention to this I’ve been noticing more and more that female characters get only token representation.  First, Mickey Mouse playhouse, there’s Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, and then the foregettable Minnie and Daisy, score 4-2.  

I recently read an Early Reader that featured the all male Superfriends.  There was Superman, Green Hornet, Aquaman, and someone else I can’t remember, but not a WonderWoman in sight.   I guess I should be thankful it’s not wondergirl.  Max and Ruby really pisses me off, Max is always the smart one in the end.  Ruby does silly girl stuff and Max saves the day, while Ruby misses the ball. 

This also came to mind with the new Watchman movie.  Again, bunches of male characters, one female character.   & Adults are not in the clear either–look at the John Stewart show, the uneven representation was highlighted on election night when all the correspondents appeared.  One female.  One.  Out of what 6 or 7?  I thought they were supposed to be liberals.  Just no funny women out there?

This seems to be tokensim, one or two female characters for every four or five males.  The only bright spot is Dora the Explorer.  She’s not a sidekick or an afterthought.  She has adventures and saves the day.  She’s the only show based on a female character that my boys will watch.  I’m a firm believer that this stuff is setting the stage for attitudes later on.  Noggin and Nickelodeon, I’m watching you.