D’mani – “A Series of Lessons Learned From Disney Movies”
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D’mani – “A Series of Lessons Learned From Disney Movies”


A series of lessons learned from Disney movies Little Red riding hood:
Wolf wants to eat a girl. Wolf wants to eat girl so badly, he pretends
to be a role model, a family member, a mentor In this story: the book tells us monsters
can be spotted easily. We learn the word predator Sleeping beauty:
Girl gets drugged. Men try and save girl for… a prize. Girl
is prize. Not a human In this we learn: you just have to save someone
from death to earn their love. We learn the word: opportunist. I think this is the perfect metaphor for my
fear of intimacy. How I,
After the first assault gas lit myself into little red riding hood—someone that let danger in their own home. Story goes: I met a boy.
We agreed to go home together but the boy grew bored,
so he takes and takes. In one story — i say nothing
In this one — i say everything you took i want back But it gets muddied in some fairy tale complex.
Every problem ever presented in a Disney movie, translates itself into a problem, we know
the hero will fix. Not the work of community, linguists, therapy, every sequel made to patch
up the issue. What happens when there is no hero?
Just a someone waiting for the story to end? 2. I’d like to go back to the beginning.
I’d like to start a new poem titled: In which I tell Disney they need to make a movie about
assault and the things they teach boys. So I enter the office,
all wide eyed and starry night. They ask me about my idea:
So I say it’s like Little Red Riding Hood:
a wolf wants to eat a girl A wolf wants to eat girl so badly, he pretends
to be a role model, a family member, a mentor Except in this story
The wolf can only have what he asks for. So when he asks for a piece of the girl, and
she says no, he leaves,
and that’s the movie. They don’t like this idea. They say, “Consent is not how you make movies.” I say, “Consent isn’t what happens after the
climax.” They say, “Besides— That’s not appropriate
for our audience. Assault is not a word you teach children.” I say, “It can be.” Repeat after me:
Coercion is not consent
[audience repeats] Coercion is every language we have not yet
learned to say no in. Mulan was a movie about the invasion
of someone’s homeland. I’m sure these kids can handle a conversation about boundaries I want a disney movie — with a sound track
that I can dance to and cry to naked in the shower. But what I want most – a scene where some
character fights for their life, and right before the climax, pulls out one of their teeth
and uses it as a sword, to show that mouths can be weapons too

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