for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
While I'm all for taking Disney
to the cleaners, I have two
opinions about your email:
1.) While I agree that the Disney
cartoons of the late 80's could
be interpreted as an anti-feminist
backlash, I have heard they
are really about what was happening
internally at Disney at that
time--i.e. hostile take overs.
Basically the same premise of
an anti-feminist backlash with
different incentives and wished-for
2.) I don't think that an anti-feminist
backlash is the best way to
characterize the 20's and 30's.
I actually think that what was
happening then is similar to
what is happening now within
feminism. And, yes, a backlash--the
post-war era of the 20s and
40s and the Reagan era of the
80s--was a piece of the puzzle,
but more characteristic of what
was happening is that feminism
was more focused on individual/sub-issues.
For instance, the birth control
movement then and the domestic
violence movement today. It's
a time of specific battles.
I hope that helps--and I hope
that Disney gets what it deserves.