14 August 2011

The Not-So-Subtle Sexuality of Disney

Try Googling images of any given Disney movie or character and if your search results are not filtered, you won't go long before encountering fan made, sexual art.  The average person wonders, of course, what would lead someone to conflate the wholesome purity of Disney animated features with dirty sexual imagery.  I'm average enough I wondered it, too, but I'm not average enough that I kept wondering about it.  Then, this morning, apropos of nothing, it came to me.  Disney itself has imbued its films with all manner of sexual content over the years.  It may not seem obvious to younger viewers, but I posit that these things enter the subconsciousness and, apparently, later manifest in a predilection for sexual fetishes.  Here now is a primer.

Note: all images are screen captures from the actual films.

Interracial Foreplay
Pocahontas, 1995
A white man playing pat-a-cake with an Indian woman.  You know where this is headed.  Give him credit, though...Pocahontas is the one not maintaining eye contact.

Oral Pleasure
Alice in Wonderland, 1951
Make no mistake about it: Alice in Wonderland is all about oral pleasure.  The whole movie is one big love letter to food fetishes, from the tea party to the Butter-Flies.  What the hell was up with those "Eat Me" cookies, anyway?  Perhaps the clearest example that the food fetish is an allegory for oral sex is the fact that Alice eventually has to consume a mushroom.  A mushroom!

Group Sex...with Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937
A double whammy: Snow White not only enjoys the company of no less than seven(!) men, but elderly dwarfs at that!  I think we all know what's going on on the other side of the foot board.  I'm not saying that dwarfs and/or the elderly aren't entitled to some nookie, but when one woman takes on seven of them, we're in the realm of some serious kink.

Necrophilia
Sleeping Beauty, 1959
This story comes down to a guy who thinks it's okay to kiss a dead woman full on the lips.  Or, if you prefer, it's an allegory for date rape.  I'll let you decide which is less troubling.

Ephebophilia
The Little Mermaid, 1989
Ariel might be old enough to sign a legally binding contract, but she's still only sixteen.  If a prince married a mute sixteen year old girl, you know there'd be questions.  The first one would probably be, "Hey, should this guy be turned on by a girl that young?"

Bestiality
Beauty and the Beast, 1991
Oh, sure, if you're rooting for the beast and the young woman to hook up, it's a heartwarming story of overcoming prejudice.  But you and I both know if this went down in your neighborhood, you'd grab a torch and call Nancy Grace, er, Gaston.

Bondage with Young Boys
Pinocchio, 1940
Seriously, Disney.  What.  The.  Hell.

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