Monday, January 19, 2015

The First Blue Pill Dispensary

The process of understanding how things have gotten to the way they are now in our culture and society due to our Brave New World Order's regularly scheduled programming can be traced to many different sources. For most of us raised in the post World War II era, one of the first and most influential sources of this programming comes from the so-called MAGIC KINGDOM.

My very first memory of ever going to the movies was to see Sleeping Beauty at my local drive-in theater with my parents (for you millennial readers, back in those ancient days, people used to drive their cars to a large parking lot that had a large screen at one end to watch movies from the comforts of their automobiles).

When I was a little boy of five or six, I distinctly recall being extraordinarily jealous and envious of all the kids in my neighborhood....they all got to go to Disneyland in California or DisneyWorld in Florida with their families during summer vacations, while my family usually vacationed to the other Hawaiian islands to visit relatives, that is if we went to vacation anywhere at all. All the kids in my hood would delight in showing off all the theme park clothes and souvenirs, and tales of the thrill rides, no doubt enjoying the look of envy on my face.

As a young kid in the late 70's, the hunger for all things Disney was caused by much more than simple envy at my playmates Disney family vacations I never got to go on. Back in those days, before VCR's, DVD's, or any other sort of medium for which the consumer had control of where, when and how often one viewed their desired entertainment, our choices of mass media entertainment programming were limited to the three main networks regularly scheduled programming on the tell-a-vision, and the occasional family-night out to the movies. In those ancient times, Disney cartoons were not a regular feature of daily tell-a-vision programming, but it was certainly the most anticipated and desired of all our regularly scheduled programming by all the kids I grew up with.

We had Disney TeeVee specials for various Seasons, and once or twice a year, CBSABCNBC would broadcast an entire Disney cartoon movie during prime time. Anytime we kids saw a commercial advertising a future Disney broadcast special, we would all eagerly remind each other about the pending date, time and channel the next Disney broadcast was scheduled for in our conversations in the schoolyards and neighborhood playgrounds. We did not have daily Disney programming at that time, so the limited supply made the demand for Disney programming extremely high amongst my generation of youths. It was also pretty much the only brand name entertainment for which boys and girls desired equally.

For boys and girls alike, the MAGIC KINGDOM appeared to our young mind as the SOURCE of the ultimate fun and entertainment. Disney was magic to the young American mind, and it's influence on our conceptions of ourselves and our gender roles and interactions are far reaching and transcend generations.

As blogger Lorie Kramer notes in her post The Media IS the Matrix: "You can see by the photo above, I had the wide-eyed TV dazed stare back then, just like it still does to everyone now."

Photo of A Regularly Scheduled Programming Session

Indeed, our entire fringes of teh Interwebz here arises from people who eventually come to awareness of how our nation's regularly scheduled programming and institutionalized  indoctrination educations have caused many of us to embrace dysfunctional behaviors that result in broken and damaged relationships with the opposite sex.

Many feminists have attempted to use their own Cultural Marxist-based critical-theory to attack Disney's Regularly Scheduled Programming for girls. I'm sure most people in the 21st century who are plugged into the social media-data harvesting apps of teh Interwebz are familiar with the following memes via various feminist sympathizers who have posted them as some sort of devastating critique of the "Princess Complex" -

Note all these critiques of the Princesses are all based on the supposedly oppressive notions that being physically beautiful or pretty are required for women to attract the men they want, and that women must "give up" something precious or pretend to be helpless and incompetent in order to "get some hot princely action!"

Why this dastardly Disney plot to turn all of our girls into oppressed chattel of men in marriage and family has been going on for decades now!

Over 60 Years of Princess Programming!

Why, according to the feminist critique, if it weren't for Disney's subversive programming, young girls wouldn't be growing up with this idea that their physical appearance is important, or that they cannot achieve anything substantive without using their sexuality to manipulate a man into providing for her! 

This devious brainwashing promotes the destructive and oppressive ideals of feminine beauty to our young girls, making them grow up and idealize their image of femininity towards such repulsive presentations such as this...

...when everyone knows we should be encouraging our girls to focus on empowerment and self-actualization to achieve a presentation like this:

An Example of Successful Disney Princess De-programming...
No doubt, our prime example of the deprogrammed-from-Disney mind here need not ever worry about abandoning her family or giving up her strongest talents to get her hot princely action, nor will she ever have to worry about using her sexuality to save a prince's life. All girls should strive for such freedom from the oppressiveness of the Disney Princess Programming!

Let us look closer at some of these other devastating feminist critiques of the Disney Princesses:

For Snow White: "Her burgeoning sexuality is a threat to another woman, so she's killed..."

Killed for her burgeoning sexuality? By who? Another woman! Damn the Patriarchy! I think it's safe to presume that our "No, YOU Make ME a Sandwich!!" poster girl is safe from that particular threat.

For Cinderella: "She is saved from terrible living conditions by a prince. He does this not because she is such a hard worker, but because she is beautiful!"

Got it, parents? Don't try and raise your daughters to be beautiful, raise them to be hard workers! After all, our corporate-government complex needs our girls to grow up to become taxable and expendable human resources, not wives and mothers!

Despite the obvious contrasts that provide some comic relief when you do such blatantly cheeky side-by-side comparisons as I've done here, the feminist critique of Disney Princess Programming is not too far removed from reality, when you consider the overriding priority and principle of feminism is population control, to destroy the family or make sure one doesn't form in the first place, so as to ensure that women don't procreate abundantly.

It really is that simple. And it's also not the real problem with the Disney Princess Programming and it's subversive influence on the minds of our youth.

For when one steps back and takes a look at our current dystopian society, I think it's rather safe to say that almost 80 years of Disney Princess Programming on the silver screen has hardly resulted in the majority of Western women growing up with the desire to be beautiful to attract a prince or knight in shining armor,  and get married and live happily ever after with their 2.5 kids, white-picket-fence-surrounded McMansion and the annual summer vacations to the MAGIC KINGDOM.

In fact, if the Feminists who are critical of the gender-stereotype programming of Disney films would look at our present society clearly and honestly, they would recognize the trends in the decline of marriage and the influx of most women into college and careers instead of hearth and home and multiple-child families, has all occurred by generations of women raised watching Disney Princess Programming!

If Disney Princess Programming were designed to promote the evil Patriarchy, then the feminists should be triumphant in recognizing what an utter failure the Disney propaganda has been in promoting the Patriarchy to oppress the womynz of our day and age.

Despite failing to recognize this, not all feminist critiques of Disney Princess Programming are without merit. Consider the following from the Relevant Theories page of the Gender Roles Brought To You By Disney blog:

The looking glass theory is the way that we perceive ourselves in comparison to others views and then the views that we have at birth. The Looking glass theory works with the Disney Princess ideas because most little girls see a Disney Princess and want to act out their actions. The little girls see themselves as walking,talking,breathing princesses and therefore believe that society sees them that way. The more that the girls act out this princess idea then the more that believe that they are one and that other people are seeing them as princesses.

Now these feminists are getting somewhere with a substantive critique of the Disney Princess Programming!

I've had an idea for this post percolating for quite some time - a couple of years in fact - but reading this comment by Badpainter from Rollo's latest post today finally got the old blogging muse singing again, as it reminded me of the same thing the feminists identify as the looking glass theory of Disney Princess Programming:

A couple of years ago before discovering the ‘sphere I had a date where the question of long term goals came up. After listing mine she asked about marriage (her 34yr never married) and why it wan’t on my list. I replied “what’s the point of marriage?” she had no answer other than she wanted it, and therefore I should also.

Recognizing there wasn’t going to be a second date, nor would I getting laid, I decided instead to explore her mind rather than body.

“Tell me what benefits marriage has for me” I said. Awkward silence and then some insubstantial nonsense about commitment. No benefits to or for me were detailed. An appeal to duty, and honor was the best she could muster.

I asked what she thought she would gain. Material stability, and an escape from the cock-carousel was the gist of her response there was a sub-textual sense the gaining the legal commitment was a necessary personal validation that was more important than the quality of the relationship. It is as if though the highest form of validation is a man’s willingness to sacrifice everything for her, possibly including his life.

Hmmm....wonder where she might have gotten these ideas from?

Many dark thoughts followed this conversation. I realized she was holding auditions for the role of Hero-Personal-Savior. A champion who would rescue her from her past foolishness. Forgive her sins. Provide her material upkeep. Listen to her daily twaddle. Protect and shield her from reality. A hero who would never expect to receive anything in return as though the opportunity to rescue her was the very zenith of a man’s experience and performing that role was itself all the reward and motivation necessary.
Needless to say the doubts that had led to my cynicism were reinforced. I replayed variations of this conversation for other women I knew, mostly the wives of friends. All generally affirmed her position, and we’re aghast that I would so coldly ask how I might objectively benefit. How could I be so selfish? By what right did expect to want and receive anything beyond performing by services? Isn’t her love enough? I was told to grow up. My friends either parroted their wives responses, or in hushed voices warned me to tread lightly and choose wisely.

Think Badpainter's date and all the women that concurred with her attitude watched a few too many Disney movies when they were girls? The real problem with Disney's regularly scheduled programming, is that it feeds young girls rationalization hamsters with high dosages of solipsism, narcissism and entitlement. When these programmed princesses grow up and eventually realize that they are not going to receive what they perceive to be their entitled due, the real chance for happily-ever-after is in most cases, already long gone.

While there has been plenty of feminist critique of Disney Princess Programming of the Disney movies of the latter half of the 20th century, almost no one has bothered to study the effects of Disney Programming on boys...especially the shows they are now putting out on The Disney Channel today.

While the Princess Programming for girls is still a major feature in the shows aimed for young girls, the shows for young boys are just as subversive. While I do not let my own progeny watch Disney (or much of any tellavision at all for that matter), I am not a micromanaging anti-Media Nazi, and I do have peers with children for whom we do spend time with at their houses...and there are times where my friend's kids are parked in front of the tell-a-vision watching cartoons or Disney movies, and my kids are right their with them.

I've sat their on a few occasions and watched modern day Disney programming such as Chuggington's, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and The Octonauts with them, consciously attempting to discern the themes and subtexts and indoctrination the programs are trying to inculcate in the minds of our youth. I find the messages being subliminally transmitted to young boys is just as troubling and problematic as all the Princess Programming for the girls. To summarize the things I've noticed, the programming for young boys is all about being passive, non-assertive, and to be overly mindful of feeeeeelings. To back down and concede to angry female peers, and to submit to all authority (both male and female) unquestionably.

 In other words, normal male behavior is portrayed as wrong, while emasculated, submissive, passive and accommodating to all female demands is the behavior that is modeled as desirable and "correct." And the reward for the young male characters who conform to such socially engineered dictates in these subversive cartoon programs? Why, they get the ultimate reward...the romantic attention of the desired female.

And some people wonder where all the nice guys come from?


Anonymous said...

That was probably the worst part of being pre-'sphere. You would ask everyone you knew why stuff was so screwed up and how you could fix it, and all the responses were basically. "Ya that sucks. Tough shit."

Unknown said...

'It is as if though the highest form of validation is a man’s willingness to sacrifice everything for her, possibly including his life.'

First off I'll say part of marriage for men is the sacrifice part.

But what little girls and women have been duped into is that no sacrifice is required from them. And I take women's sacrifice as in birthing and nuturing children and caring for the home. Men's sacrifice is providing and protecting. Marriage is a two way street in that department.

And the little secret about is actually what makes people happy. Consumption doesn't. If most women are unhappy these days is because they derive happiness from conspumption and not sacrifice.

Unknown said...

I've written a lot about "fairy tales" and have come to the conclusion (as have many professional scholars) that most of them are about envy, especially one woman's envy of another.

Ballista74 said...

While Disney has done a great job in marketing the fairy tales, their origins are much older. To that end, it's required to recognize the motivations behind them (and the history they represent) to see feminism for what it is and the fact that it's much older than what most people think.

My discussion on the topic.

Anonymous said...

Disney is entry level emotional porn for girls.

Hearth said...

I love fairy tales! But you have to get the old ones to start seeing the real value. Grab your Blue Fairy Book and read "Little One Eyes, Little Two Eyes, Little Three Eyes" as a sample.

Virtuous girl who happens to be beautiful is raised by harpies who are only sort of her relatives. Without expecting relief, she is rescued from the situation because of both her virtue and beauty by handsome prince and taken away (often harpies are killed). Personally I see this as the Christian life in action - you do the right thing because it's the right thing, and someday your King comes and makes you His bride.

The virtuous girls never think they're going to get a prince from being good. They're just good. Under pressure.

Okay, sure - it feeds the hope that your prince will come... that you'll be rewarded for your sacrifices...

As for boys in the old tales, they're terribly brave. Not equipped for the adventure they're about to undertake, their wits and virtue and willingness to (again) do what is right against all odds generally ends up netting them the beautiful princess and the kingdom as well.

I'll agree about Disney TV though. ;) Blergh.

Martel said...

I think part of the reason Disney shows aspects of traditional femininity is that they actually want kids to watch their stuff. If their characters were bulldykes like the harcore lefties wanted them to be, not only would currently braindead parents be more likely to notice what's going on, girls wouldn't identify with the characters in the slightest and therefore wouldn't watch.

However, if you start with a character that a little girl can identify with and THEN turn that character into a proto-feminist, in that case you can have lots of influence.

I've recently researched a lot of this stuff for the book I'm working on, and one of the most egregious examples I can think of that discouraged traditional masculinity was Beauty and the Beast's Gaston. One feminist blog cited him as an example of gender programming (he does have some masculine characteristics), completely failing to so much as notice that he's portrayed as an utter buffoon who's despised by the woman he wants.

The hardcore lefties are far less influential because they tip their hand too soon, they're too unaware of human nature, they turn people off with their obvious attempts to indoctrinate. On the other hand, Disney just seems entertaining, thereby becoming far more insidious.

Keoni Galt said...

@ Earl - Sacrifice is a two-edged sword that can cut both ways. After all, a frivorcing spouse is sacrificing their family for whatever selfish purpose they are choosing to pursue...

@ Bob - yes, I know. Those are some of your best posts. Your point is a good one, and it's also notable to understand that what Disney does is take these old folk tales that used to serve as warnings for children to learn hard lessons from, and actually invert them to utilize the Looking Glass effect to create the Princess mentality in today's women those same old tales were once used to warn them against becoming. Evil genius.

@ Anon - Yes, it certainly is that...and it's not just for girls. Hence my title of this post.

Keoni Galt said...

@ Martel - "However, if you start with a character that a little girl can identify with and THEN turn that character into a proto-feminist, in that case you can have lots of influence."

Which is precisely what we see Disney do with all their young girl stars like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. Hook the kids in with a pre-teen innocent and fun image, then debauch it when they mature into womenhood after they've attained legions of impressionable young fans that see them as a role models to be emulated.

Brian said...

Disney already has the male programming side covered: they own ESPN

Elspeth said...

To summarize the things I've noticed, the programming for young boys is all about being passive, non-assertive, and to be overly mindful of feeeeeelings. To back down and concede to angry female peers, and to submit to all authority (both male and female) unquestionably.

In other words, normal male behavior is portrayed as wrong, while emasculated, submissive, passive and accommodating to all female demands is the behavior that is modeled as desirable and "correct." And the reward for the young male characters who conform to such socially engineered dictates in these subversive cartoon programs? Why, they get the ultimate reward...the romantic attention of the desired female.

Yes! I agree completely. And it's not just the larger culture but religious culture is infected as well. What you said is a much better execution of what I said in the comments of a recent thread on my own blog:

"The issue that I have (and that I am cautioning against here) is the idea that personality traits that skew towards the way females tend to be are held up as Christian virtues.

Malleability, conformity, being pleasing to a fault, things like that. In the church today these are painted as meekness and humility when they are often serious weaknesses which hinder [men's] ability to walk out [their] God-given calling as leaders."

I actually like a couple of the Disney princess movies, LOL.

ElectricAngel said...


On feminism and depopulation, I do not know if you've seen this article on the genocidal nature of the French Revolution. It seems the progressives dropped all this stuff down the memory hole. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot were thus NOT aberrations, but in line with Progressive thought. It turns out that the socialists in the Terror recognized that socialism could work VERY well... without an actual society. Robespierre thought France should have no more than 5MM people.

'Reality' Doug said...

Well done. The structure is fantastic. Golly gee, if one side is wrong, the other side is automatically right. lol All the pictures were very apropos too. Way to let the reader get lost and reflect before giving the explanation the gave order to the whole piece.

tbiggs said...

Leaving aside the gender issues - my reaction to Disney animated films was their adoration of monarchy. Why a "prince" particularly? The kings are often shown as kindly but misinformed by their advisors. And to be a princess or marry a nobleman is the highest goal.

Yeah I know they're based on pre-republic stories, but it's still disturbing that Disney shows such a consistent love of monarchy.

Jim said...

To the REAL fat one in the pic:

Make you a sandwich? Looks to me like you've already inhaled about 80,000 of them sweety.

Robert What? said...

Looks like she needs more than one sammich.