“Merida was the anti-princess for all of us who don’t wear makeup, let our hair rampage free, and prefer to wear real clothes that let us hike, climb mountains, and ride horses,” wrote petition signer Kris Dorman of Utah. “Please allow Merida to remain the fiercely confident young woman who doesn’t need glitter or skin to know she is of incredible strength and worth.”
Merida, the heroine from ‘Brave’, is just about to get inducted into the Official Disney Princess Line-up. Right before that however, Disney gives her make-over.
Though the physical changes aren’t completely drastic, it weighs heavily on the whole image of Merida and what she represented for girls. If you look closely, you’ll notice in her expression and in her eyes that her look of mischief and adventure is lost in the new model. New Merida looks more… sultry? Delicate? Whatever it is, she definitely doesn’t give off the same fierce and head strong vibes as the old Merida. And seriously, a tinier waist and more skin? And most of all, why would you take away her bow and arrows? Old Merida would say: “But Disneh! Eets jast mi booh!”
I personally thought her character design was spot-on. It was refreshing, given the usual Disney princess look, and I know a lot of people appreciated this. I don’t know why Disney would go back on it. And just as she gets inducted into the official line up of Disney Princesses as well. So they felt like they needed to change Merida to get her to join the rest? Pff. I’m pretty sure that she wouldn’t want to join that line-up anyway. Also, if you watched your own movie, Merida hated that Teal dress.
I’m pretty frustrated at this, given that she was one of the Disney Princesses I could actually relate to. What a dumb move.
Happy Star Wars Day, young Padawans!
It’s only few days until my 20th birthday and I have honestly been dreading it for months. But towards the end, I realized I have more to be excited for than to be scared of, really.
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you’ll know that I love making bucket lists and lists in general, so this is my ‘20 before 20’ bucket list! It’s quite a late post since it’s 3 days before my birthday but I’ve actually been working on it for about a month now. The stuff on the list were suggestions from friends (the silly, crazy stuff) and family (the mature, serious stuff). And then some were just personal things I’ve always wanted to do like ride a motorcycle or ride a rollercoaster (since I’ve never been on one before! Haha) I’m really happy with how it turned out since it’s a good balance between growing up and staying young, which is something that’s really important to me.
I’ve finished off about more than half though I saved the best for these last few days! I’ll be posting photos soon enough. :D
Can’t wait for all the new adventures in store!
(I went through my secret personal blog recently and here’s a post I found relevant and sensical enough to actually post for the public. This was written on June 22, 2012. Also found on my art blog)
I think that what most people get wrong about relationships is that once they believe they’ve found ‘the one’, their ‘soul mate’, the ‘love of their lives’ and what have you, they think that that’s that.
Much like teenagers, we believe that we’re invincible. Because of the cosmic and extraordinary love we feel for our oh-so-amazing and bob-darned-compatible partner, we think that destiny or fate will do all the work. We’re meant to be together, so we’re problem-proof for life. If we’re meant to be together anyway. So we hurl ourselves head first into the shark tank of the world, fearing nothing. Because fate takes care of us. If something goes awry and people go astray, then turns out you weren’t meant for me after all. Oh well. Game over. Thanks for playing but try again next time.
The thing is - I don’t think that there’s such thing as ‘the one’. I don’t think that there’s someone the world will offer to you like a certificate you get for participation. No, I don’t think it works that way. Everything comes with a price and anything worth having, won’t come easy. Because as the rolling of the days smears the magic off your relationship, it becomes a decision to love a person. For some, this is a signal to leave. But I think this is where the work comes in. The fights don’t matter - as long as you’re willing to push through them. It will be hard. Everyday will be a battle, some where defeat is not an option and other where you’re struggling to hold on. Sometimes, the easy days go by like golden sand in an hour glass then suddenly you’re in that place of uncertainty - staring down a foggy road and you don’t know if you’ll come out together. But I think the key here is to just believe it, and want it, and to push it.
So I think that there’s a ‘should be the one’ instead. That person who makes you happiest, who reminds you that life is good, who shows you that you’re still human and admit to your mistakes. That person who wants you to be a little better.
Because relationships, once marinated in the belief of that certain future of marriage, kids and honeymoons, becomes a lie. Nothing is certain. There’s no way to tell for sure, no matter how raging your feelings are that ‘yes, she’s the one.’. If you want her to be the one, you have to make her the one. You have to work for it. It’s as simple as that.
Everything that we take so long to build will crumble in less than half the effort. Everything beautiful is fragile, like butterflies, and newborns and stained glass windows. We can’t go head first thinking that nothing can break us - because odds are, almost anything can and a lot of things will. But remember that all it takes is hope and a lot of struggle - it will be well worth it at the top.
This semester I took a Gender Relations class and it taught me a lot about women, men, sexuality and feminism in general. Prior to that, I stumbled upon this TEDxWomen video of Anita Sarkeesian talking about her efforts to study women in popculture and how traumatic her experience was when faced with misogynistic backlash. Since then, she’s become very influential to me. (I’m even doing my final paper for my GR class based on her works!) I want to share this video with all of you and encourage you to watch the rest of her videos as well. She’s not only intelligent, but charming and interesting. :)
It’s worth the watch, I swear.
I’ll end this short entry by asking every woman out there, no matter what age or race or religion, to really think about how you as a woman stand in your society, and how much more you could and can do. I’m not saying that men are the enemy, but rather, it’s the mindset of the general population and social structure of our communities that need to change to empower us in our everyday lives.
To This Day by Shane Koyczan
I can’t even start talking about why you should listen to this spoken word poem (plus a really good video to boot).
My words feel so ugly compared to his
all day, everyday
Hi, lovely children of the universe!
Recently I had joined a contest that’s part of a campaign against Child Sexual Abuse. As much as I hate being this person, I’d really appreciate it if you guys could share and like this photo on Facebook! (Link through the photo) It’s for a good cause and it’d really help me out. :) Cheers!