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:
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.