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imorca ([personal profile] imorca) wrote in [personal profile] nenena 2013-02-27 01:02 am (UTC)

I haven't seen BRAVE, but I'm wondering if I've seen an example that was able to tell a story that didn't tip this balance either one way or the other - reinforcing masculine and feminine as a binary that works as a zero-sum game, one always wins at the loss of the other. And especially if we are talking about models for femininity. I'm not sure the I've ever been satisfied with a mainstream film portrayal that didn't either alienate those women who might orient themselves more closely with "traditionally" feminine qualities/values, or alienate those women who might orient themselves more close with "traditionally" masculine qualities/values - and just confuse or not relate to a whole bunch of people in between. This might have to do with my age setting my sensitivities, but I still perceive that I get many more messages that tell me my strengths, interests, talents, and choices make me not-woman than messages that tell me that traditional femininity is oppressive. (To be clear, I certainly don't think culture is some kind of % game we calculate. It's just an observation, as I said, that may be revealing about the difference in how things like age influence the differences between feminists' perspectives.)

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