This is going to be a very feminist-like post, and really has nothing to do with jiu jitsu, just giving you a heads up.
This made me mad, and then sad, and then happy all over again.
You may have heard about the main character of the Pixar film Brave, Merida, becoming a fixture in the Disney princess line-up and her makeover to fit into the princess image. Basically they put the character through puberty, took away her weapons (a pretty hefty offense in my book) and threw some glitter on her.
That’s the part that made me mad/sad. And I don’t even have children. Apparently some people with their own adorable little tornadoes of chaos and anarchy (aka, “kids”) also had a huge problem with this and petitioned to have Merida changed back to its previous, rougher and more badass image. And believe it or not Disney listened, quietly removing what people considered the “sexualized” version of Merida.
I hope this trend continues of stronger female characters being produced, and people insisting on keeping them imperfect but good characters. I hope companies keep offering maybe not role models but certainly examples to little girls that they can handle problems that come their way with their own strength and wit, that they too can be “brave”.
Ok, I think I’m done.