The Grumpy Giraffe

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Disney Warrior Princesses: sexy or die

Mike Roshuk is an artist that composed these pieces with real women as models. I’m utterly appalled and disgusted by the execution of the concept.

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The artwork is fantastic, but let’s remember that the theme of this set is Disney Warrior Princesses.

Let’s do a quick backtrack. Warriors are supposed to fight. This “gear” is definitely not practical. All of these women have only their breasts and nether regions covered, then their legs are exposed (with the exception of Ariel). No, in fact, let’s expose 75% of their bodies without any armour on them, just skin.

Obviously that is why people “suit up” in clothing and gear that covers their entire bodies, right?

And then there are people who don’t seem to think that sexual objectification is a problem. About how women’s bodies are not “secret” anymore, so why all the hush-hush about it?

What makes me equally upset about sexual objectification is when people justify it, and with such a pathetic excuse like “women’s bodies are not private”. This isn’t merely a “preference”, this is an actual value ingrained into individuals, not only men. With mindsets like these, it is no wonder that feminism has not been progressing very fast.

Actually, yes, bodies are private if we want them to be, regardless of sex or gender.

And what does that mean if women’s bodies are not private? Are men’s bodies private then? What determines that? Who actually determines the standards of beauty for women and men? It seems that we are approaching nearer and nearer to the conclusion that patriarchy is still quite dominant in our society.

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Secondly, “privacy” and secrecy aren’t the issue here, not even in the peripheral. The problem here is that women are being sexually objectified, meaning they’re dressed to look like objects of sexual appeal. Yes, objects, because nobody is asking about the personality of these women. They’re seen merely as sexual things to look at and enjoy.

And let us not forget how women are depicted in video games. There are essentially only two major roles women play:

  • support: healing, recovery, medic, etc. They support the main character, usually a buff, Caucasian male with ripped muscles.
  • sexy warrior: a fighting type, but really, only their torso is covered (for breasts), and their nether region. Legs (and arms) are almost always exposed, and very often, character designers throw in a bit of cleavage.

For a fresh perspective, let’s see how men would look like if they posed like women:

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I apologize that this post was more of a rant rather than an informative piece, but surely the blog can use a little livening up. And I also apologize for this post being much shorter than the rest.

And why not a nice picture to keep you up at night:

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7 comments on “Disney Warrior Princesses: sexy or die

  1. Sword of Apollo
    June 15, 2013

    Warriors are supposed to fight. This “gear” is definitely not practical. All of these women have only their breasts and nether regions covered, then their legs are exposed (with the exception of Ariel). No, in fact, let’s expose 75% of their bodies without any armour on them, just skin.

    There are male warriors who fight with limited protection as well: Picture of Male Warrior

    The problem here is that women are being sexually objectified, meaning they’re dressed to look like objects of sexual appeal. Yes, objects, because nobody is asking about the personality of these women. They’re seen merely as sexual things to look at and enjoy.

    Do you think that enjoying the sight of someone’s scantily clad body and being interested in his or her mind are mutually exclusive? Does one form of enjoyment prevent the other?

    • The Grumpy Giraffe
      June 15, 2013

      That “male warrior” is from the movie 300… which is known not to be completely historically accurate.

      Please scroll down to the Thermopylae, which has much more accurate depictions of a real Spartan warrior.

      It is not exclusive, but looking at popular media, how often is personality equally emphasized as the appearance?

      From my own personal experience in gaming, even games featuring female warriors like Dead Or Alive and Chun-Li are focused on sexualization, and not the warriors’ bravery or skills.

      • belligerentbear
        June 17, 2013

        Yea Spartans and other Greek city states actually wore a brass cuirass in battle that covers their chests and torso. So if the movie/graphic novel were to be historically accurate, every Spartan warrior would wear a cuirass with a leather skirt to protect themselves while still keeping their mobility fairly high. Also it is well known that woman are objectified in video games, movies and other media. The armour that they wear are stuff of some male power fantasy getting woman to wear stuff for aesthetic purposes with no real function. There is “masculinity” and there is stupidity. If you were a wealthy Greek warrior, I am pretty sure you would want some armour to protect yourself from a stab in the stomach by a long spear. If not, well at least you will die a “glorious” Greek death and another candidate for the Darwin award.

  2. RightFromYaad
    June 15, 2013

    Reblogged this on Right From Yaad and commented:
    Disney’s Warrior “PRINCESSES”!

  3. RightFromYaad
    June 15, 2013

    Love it Grumpy Giraffe! Always look forward to reading your blog posts. A winner!

  4. ikigaigirl
    June 13, 2013

    You’ve inspired me to write a letter to my local motorbike shop to complain about the large advertisements of girls wearing tiny bikinis posed on bikes. The potential sunburn and gravel rash makes me cringe, not to mention the sexual objectification that I have ignored for years but now with a 12 yo daughter I’m far more sensitive to. If you don’t mind I’ve copied verbatim your lines “…women are being sexually objectified, meaning they’re dressed to look like objects of sexual appeal. Yes, objects, because nobody is asking about the personality of these women. They’re seen merely as sexual things to look at and enjoy.” Best to spell it out to the poor guy on the receiving end of my letter. Thank you.

    • The Grumpy Giraffe
      June 13, 2013

      I’m so happy that my post has inspired people to take action! Yes, you can definitely use that line. :) Good luck with your quest!

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