Looking for Lilo: Disney and Commodified Feminism

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With a pudgy stomach, flat hair that doesn’t look like a thousand-dollar sew-in, and thighs that probably clap as she runs, there were no dolls for her. This is why we kept dragging my mother to Blockbuster week after week — to look for Lilo. Ten years later, she still remains absent from the Disney female universe. Her absence points to the misconstruction of feminism.
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Much like a Brothers Grimm fairytale, our Moanas are fabricated half-truths about imaginary beings — not reflective of the woman at all, but a subversive embodiment of our lingering ideals of physical beauty, class, and the resulting ability to live a folkloric life under the cover of “feminism”.

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