If you see an animated film today, it’s likely to include a token strong female character or two who reviewers will call “feisty.” In “How to Train Your Dragon,” Astrid; in “Toy Story,” Jessie; in “Ratatouille,” Colette. She’s supposed to make us feel like the movie is contemporary and feminist, unlike those sexist films of yesteryear.
The problem is that because Pixar or Disney has so magnanimously thrown in this “feisty” female (who may even have some commentary about sexism or male domination) we’re no longer supposed to care that almost all of the other characters in the film are male, including the star who the movie is often titled for and usually his best buddy as well. The crowd scenes in the film are also made up of mostly males.
Parents, the next time you watch a children’s movie, try not to let the “feminist” character, or two, distract you. Except for the pink ghetto, in children’s films, females, who are half of the kid population, are presented as a minority. This is why the appropriate term for the strong one, or two, or three females allowed in a children’s film is the “Minority Feisty.”
Now imagine this ratio reflected in the real world. Is that a world that you want your kids to live in?
Why does there have to be sexism in the imaginary world at all?