Sunday, December 29, 2013

SheZow and Gender Binary: Part 1

SheZow is an Australian/Canadian coproduced cartoon that was picked up by the Hub, and began airing in the states in June, 2013. The original pilot aired in 2007, as part of the Disney Shorty McShorts' Shorts show.


The story follows Guy, a twelve year old "extreme dude," as he is described by the official website. Guy and his family move into a home they inherited from his deceased Aunt Agnes. While Guy and his twin sister, Kelly, are unpacking boxes they discover a hidden ring that belonged to their Aunt. Kelly at once recognizes the ring as SheZow's ring. Guy doesn't believe that Agnes was secretly a superhero and puts the ring on, thus inheriting the SheZow powers that are normally passed down from aunt to  niece in their family line.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Duck Dynasty and Racism

Robertson returning to Duck Dynasty has been touted as a "win" for his family. I don't think it is a win for anyone.

On growing up in pre-civil-rights-era Louisiana
“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field.... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

-Phil Robertson



Robertson was born in Caddo Parish, in 1946. It is possible that segregation did its job well, and that as a child Robertson was blind to the racism around him. But he has a masters in education, is an adult, and has access to the internet. I find it difficult to believe the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty truly has never heard about the dark and tragic history of the Parish he grew up in. 

Lets give some historic context about what the black families Robertson worked alongside had lived through:

“The numerous murders and acts of violence committed during the weeks preceding the presidential election of 1868, and during the summer and fall of 1874, clearly indicated the political nature of the white violence. Indeed, at least 290 homicides (51% of the total number) occurred during those two years. Moreover, even more significant is the fact that no less than 220 blacks (74%) killed by whites were during those two years. The statistics were much higher than the ones for the other parts of the state. They show the greater readiness of whites in Caddo to resort to extreme violence in period of political tensions in order to maintain their social and political preponderance over the black masses (pg 7/379).
“Caddo claimed the sinister distinction of being the lynching capital of the states from 1910 until 1929. (pg 7/131) ”
Though Robertson was born years after these events, they were within living memory during the years he worked. Many of those working in the field would have been personally touched by those events. Though by the forties Caddo Parish  had lost it's grim nickname, violence was still high. Three years after Robertson's birth the KKK began it's third re-activation in the South.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Banned, Censored, and the Obscure: Part 1

 
 The Powerpuff Girls: See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey
 
Season 5, Episode 8 



“Can’t you see the people in the street? Lined like cattle waiting for the butcher of freedom. Sacrificing their hopes, their dreams, all their individuality. For freedom. Do the people have to be freedom beef?”
- the professor

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Main Protagonists and Love Interests


Ratio of Female to Male Characters (from 2008-2012)

Gender of the Main Protagonist

Looking at only American, or American/Foreign Coproduced Animated Films Rated G or PG that were released in at least 500 theaters. If the film contained live action scenes, it primarily had to be about the animated characters set in an animated world.

 
9/53 female protagonists

46/53 male protagonists

 
17% female protagonists

83% male protagonists  

2/9 female protagonists had an equal male protagonist who shared the movie
2/46 male protagonists had an equal female protagonist who shared the movie

Love Interests

6/9 female protagonists had love interests (67%)

26/46 male protagonists had love interests (57%)

Raw Data: Gender Ratio Part 2


Ratio of Female to Male Characters (from 2008-2012)

All First Billed Characters from the Cast Overview list (ALL CHARACTERS)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All First Billed Characters


Year: 2008 - 2012

 Looking at only American, or American/Foreign Coproduced Animated Films Rated G or PG that were released in at least 500 theaters. If the film contained live action scenes, it primarily had to be about the animated characters set in an animated world.*

53 Movies Released

All First Billed Characters from the Cast Overview List
Year 2008 - 2012



30% Female (247)
70% Male (581)
Total Characters: 828

Per Movie
4/53 female majority (with an average approximately 3 more female than male character)
49/53 male majority (with an average of approximately 8 more male than female characters)