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This is the very first letter I have written to anyone on this matter that has been bothering me for some time now. I feel as a Mother and Grandmother I must get someone's attention on my concerns. I have been recently in the last few years been watching Disney Movies with my grandchildren, and become aware of a very alarming subject matter of their movies.

Just think of this for a few minutes, and I am convinced if you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or just a woman you also will find it alarming. There are NO mothers, grandmother or for that fact a positive woman role model. There are mothers in maybe the first few minutes in the beginning of his movies, but she always runs away or is killed off. There are very mean stepmothers, witches and maybe a caretaker, but NEVER a nurturing kind Mother. Now personally I do feel children need to be exposed to many kinds of familles, some with no mother, some with stepmothers. When every movie that comes from Disney with no or bad mothers this is giving our children an unreal look of a real family...Someone needs to research this and come to some conclusion, to see if these are real concerns. I hope I have come to the proper place. - Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Great Aunt, Daughter, Stepsister, and Mother-in-law - Charlotte


Thanks for your note to and I wanted to let you know that you are not alone. Feminists - mothers; grandmothers; daughters, etc... - have been speaking out against Disney for years. Ms. Magazine has done a few articles. I think that the Lion King and Pocohantos were the "last straws," but there is also the acknowledgement that it has been happening for much longer. There was a book that was suppose to come out on this very subject, but I haven't heard anything about it. If I do, I will let you know.

Keep speaking up and hopefully many others will too, and together we can make Disney more accountable for their actions. Thanks for writing .

UPDATE: "Some people are speaking out against Disney. The National Labor Committee has named the week of December 7-14 as International Disney Week. This is a time to protest Disney's poor labor practices and sweatshop conditions under which many Disney Products are made. A Disney "Mickey & Co." cotton jersey, which sells for $17 in New York, earned the worker who made it in Burma only about 2-3 cents. And the Haitian garment workers who make Disney's Pocahontas nightgowns, which sell for $11.97 at Wal-Mart, earn only 7 cents per gown. With all of this happening, Michael Eisner, Disney's CEO, still managed to earn $97,000 per hour in 1993 through salary and stock options. To let Disney know that you will not support Disney until they improve their employment practices, write to Michael Eisner, Walt Disney Company, 500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521 or fax #818-846-7319. To find out more about "International Disney Week", contact the National Labor Committee at (212) 242-3002 or (510) 464-5921."


Amy

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