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GoldieBlox’s New Commercial Buries Princess Culture Six Feet Under and Spits On Its Grave

That might be a bit of an intense way to frame GoldieBlox’s new commercial. But the issue of rigidly enforced gender roles is an intense thing, OK?

(via: Geekosystem)

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Kristen Bell Sings Live As Frozen’s Toddler, Child, & Grown-Up Anna [VIDEO]

I didn’t even love the movie but this performance made me tear up. Kristen Bell, you are a national treasure.

Previously in Frozen

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Tamora Pierce Heroines, in the Style of Disney Heroines

I came to the work of Tamora Pierce later in life than usual, but I am nevertheless of the opinion that there can never be too much fan art of Alanna the Lioness. Tumblr artist Nest of Straight Lines has done an entire series of Pierce’s characters in a style inspired by Disney. They say the project began as a way to contrast Pierce’s themes of gender with Disneys, but “halfway through I realized I wasn’t exactly sure WHAT I was saying anymore. Disney’s great. Tamora Pierce is great.”

I agree, Nest of Straight Lines, I agree. You can find links to all nine of her designs, with explanations, here.

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Roller Derby Disney Princesses Will Mess You Up

Question: These Disney roller derby princesses by Amanda Robinson go up against Kevin Bolk‘s Marvel and/or DC roller derby girls. Who wins? I’m pretty sure the answer is Marvel and DC across the board because of their greater well of experience with violence. And, in some cases, superpowers. But Mulan could take some of ‘em out, right? Surely.

Or they all team up and roller derby some dudes into the dust. I like that prospect better.

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If You Had the Chance to Cosplay Merida As a Crossbow-Wielding Motorcyclist, Would You?

Cosplayer Zoisite-Virupaksha would, and boy are we glad. At her deviantART page you can see other Merida cosplay, both Pixar’s version and modern-day (including a shot of her on the Iron Throne, and whoops, I have a few favorite for whom I think should rule Westeros now!), but this biker gang version is our favorite. She and Daryl Dixon should join forces and use their crossbows to wipe evil off the face of the Earth.

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Do You Want to See a Woman In a Pretty Pink Dress and Heels Break Tiles With Her Head? I Thought So.

The woman in question is Japanese actress Rina Takeda, who has a black belt in karate. Those roofing tiles never stood a chance.

Behind the cut you’ll find a making-of video, and while I’d normally scoff at the idea of a credit card commercial, or any commercial, getting one of those, this time it’s understandable. You won’t understand any of what’s being said if you don’t speak Japanese, but skipping to 1:50 will give you two more angles on Takeda’s tile breakage. It’s the universal language.

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Rapunzel’s Looking Good In This First Pic From Once Upon a Time

When Rapunzel, played by Alexandra Metz, comes to the Onceverse next month, she won’t be the happy-go-lucky frying pan wielder Tangled gave us: “We went a little darker and freakier,” says Executive Producer Edward Kitsis. ”A little more horror story in the vein of The Grudge.” That’s… an odd association to make. Further, she’ll be visited in her tower by a “hooded menace” who may or may not be new villain The Wicked Witch of the West, but will probably be related to Henry, because who isn’t on this show?

(TV Guide via io9)

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High School Junior Petitions Disney For a Plus-Size Princess

There’s always a lot of debate surrounding Disney and princess culture, but I hope there’s one thing we can agree on: Disney princesses should, as a group, aspire to diversity. Representation is incredibly important, especially to kids, whose perception of the world around them is still being formed. All children deserve to see themselves positively represented in media. It’s something teenager Jewel Moore took to heart when she started this Change.org petition to get Disney to introduce a plus-size princess.

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Let’s Get Down To Business: To Look at Some Cute Sketches of Disney Women as Men

This post, a collection of Disney princess screencaps seamlessly edited to look like teenage men rather than teenage women has become quite popular on Tumblr this week, probably because of the site’s fascination with gender politics. Okay, it’s also a good deal because of Male!Esmerelda, I’m guessing. I mean look at that guy. Judging by some similar hairstyles, I’d guess that Miyuli was inspired by that post to create some full character sketches of folks like Ariel, Megara, and all four leads of Frozen as genderbent versions of themselves.

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A Woman’s Designed The Anti-Disney Princess, Except Not Exactly

As is often discussed by feminists and supporters of diversity, Disney’s Princesses do not offer girls the best role models, especially given the same-size Caucasian-ness of most of them.  Some of the Princesses are better than others, but in most ways the Princesses emphasize looking pretty, wearing pretty dresses, finding your Prince Charming and not a whole lot else. (As we’ve discussed, Frozen is a welcome departure from that on at least some levels!) So a California mom has begun self-publishing a series of books about characters she calls the “Guardian Princesses” with the goal of offering girls an alternative.  Fast Company described these as the “Ultimate Anti-Disney Princess” but the truth is that ultimately they’re a positive change but not yet a solution.

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