Is Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy” Too Sexy?

Amongst the zillion mailing lists I’m on, I get publicity information from Disney Studios and as yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day (did you know that, me hearty?) I received the following image, tied into the “The Pirate Fairy” animated feature coming in 2014:

pirate-fairy

The storyline is pretty typical for the Fairy series from Disney: “a pirate’s curse threatens to change the fairy world forever” and you can even go watch the trailer if you’d like.

But that’s not what struck me.

What struck me were the facial expressions of the fairy on the very left, and one from the rightmost with the hat, along with the poses of the central fairy (presumably the title character) and the fairy rightmost.

It’s possible I’ve just become a curmudgeon but aren’t they rather come-hither sultry looks and poses more appropriate for coeds looking for some action at a party? And the Pirate Fairy’s dress showing a glimpse of her leg “all the way up”? What’s that all about?

Note that I haven’t even mentioned the fact that they are all the same wispy shape with minuscule waists and long, skinny legs (to be fair, the rightmost fairy has slightly more human looking legs by proportion, but her arms totally don’t match, do they?)

I realize that a) Disney fans are going to yell at me for this post, and b) I shouldn’t expect modern media to do anything but reinforce the abnormally scrawny ideals that are so in vogue for how girls “should ideally look”, but really, Disney, you can do a better job than this.

Very disappointing. The Pirate Fairy indeed.

It’s no wonder us parents are struggling to have our girls grow up with a healthy body image and fighting so darn hard for our boys to have a realistic expectation of what makes a young woman attractive.

Bah humbug.

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  1. I just think Disney is so clueless sometimes – I don’t even think kids want those body shapes – by the time they’re old enough most girls find them ridiculous. Little girls really couldn’t care less. So, why do it? I think it’s the same mentality of game creators who make women with HUGE hoo has – because everyone thinks they have the 13 year old male audience. Either that or execs just think like 13 year olds? Hmmm, not sure.

  2. Have you seen the previous Disney Fairy movies? The one on the right is supposed to be some sort of archetype of a southern belle, prim and proper, which is funny because she’s a garden fairy and gets dirty, which she hates. The one on the left is Vidia, the grumpy fairy of the group, the one who wasn’t friends with them at the beginning of the series. She’s the “cross me and get stabbed in the back” kind of fairy. That’s not a “come hither” look in her eyes, it’s “come at me motherfu…”. That’s not to say these characters don’t get a bit sexualized, but I do think in this case you’re perhaps reading too much into it.

  3. I completely agree that the fairies are sexy & yes too sexy for their auduence. Sure little ones may not get it but being exposed to it at such an early age does make an impression. So we are raising yet another generation if girls & women who think that dressing sexy is the norm. I can’t tell you how many little girls as young as 3 are in super short shorts & high heels. YIKES!

  4. I know where the general argument is coming from, but personally, I’d be more than happy to realise my son found ‘girls’ sexy. (The equality lesson can come later).

    Besides, if it’s too sexy for him to even realise, then it’s eye candy for responsible dads supervising the show.

    End of.

  5. I think there are two distinct issues here. One is devoted to body image and the media myths involved in these situations. Here, I don’t have a big issue with having slender, attractive heroines in cartoon form. I think flesh and blood actors carry far more weight, and animated folk need to be stylized and made more visually interesting.

    The come hither glances, particularly on characters meant to appeal to young viewers — yeah, I’ve got issues with that.

  6. Really? Get over it. It’s a kids cartoon! Kids don’t know what a come hither look is, let alone what it means. Anyone with a problem with this is viewing it from an adult perspective only. I have 2 small girls and actually think the movie has a very positive message, “Be Yourself.” Seriously it bothers me to no end that people can be this sensitive about a cartoon. Maybe those people should be taking a deeper look into themselves to figure out why they missed the positive message entirely and focused on whatever “bad” thing they thought they could find.