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By creating powerful characters like' Moana', Disney is setting a new trend of creating strong role models for the upcoming generation.
By creating powerful characters like’ Moana’, Disney is setting a trend of creating role models that focus on independence and self discovery for the youth.
When I was a child I used to think that I will grow up into an exquisite beauty and a prince will fall in love with me and we would live happily ever after. As I grew up, I accepted my looks the way they were; I believed that love is but an illusion, and that the pursuit of personal goals is important such as career and traveling.
But wouldn’t I find someone at work even if not so perfect? Or while traveling, like Simran met Raj in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge…
I blame the fairy tales and movies that were an integral part of my childhood for embedding in my psyche that there has to be a knight in shining armour who would rescue the damsel in distress. A woman in a movie/fairytale not having a love interest is empowering yet unheard of!
And that is why Disney’s latest animated movie ‘Moana’ would be iconic. ‘Moana’, the central character embarks on a journey to fulfill the quest of her ancestors to save the world. The directors, John Musker and Ron Clements, revealed that “the story would focus on Moana finding herself, rather than finding romance“.
The recent female Disney characters like Elsa from Frozen and Merida from Brave, have also not had a quintessential Prince Charming, a prerequisite in earlier movies like Cinderella and Snow White. Women have progressed and come a long way from previous generations, and have started working, traveling, and pursuing personal interests, and while of all this has been respected and applauded, there is still a feeling that there should be a partner, not just from society but in a woman’s own frame of mind.
I don’t know if movies reflect society or society follows movies. I know that I have changed as a person from how I perceived life from childhood till now based on personal experiences. It is therefore a great step that today’s girls are being exposed to the idea of independence and self-discovery at a young age, when their ideologies are still developing.
If they grow up seeing and idolizing intelligent, strong female icons, they would probably want to be one when they grow up.
While the other characters like Cinderella were very delicate and helpless and a man helps them find their way in life, these new characters know what they want and are not afraid to get it. I hope this would influence a new generation of confident women who do not require men to complete them.
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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