I'm going to defer to Sarah Laing on this one, and I would strongly encourage you to go read the rest of her discussion of little girls and "Frozen," because she's got an actual little girl living right in her own household, while I only have a couple of grandkids in the demographic and they live halfway across the country.
I do know that when the grandkids who live nearby were in the right demographic, I quickly got sick of the sardonic girl with the raised eyebrow and a wisp of hair across her face who suddenly appeared in every animated film.
There's a point at which Hermoine Granger simply becomes Tonto, but even before you reach that issue, I don't think you redeem the notion of "Someday my prince will come" passivity by simply turning all your wimpy, wistful princesses into Alice Kramden.
And, generation gap aside, I raised boys, not girls, and you only have to be a lion-tamer, not a shrink, to handle little boys' interpersonal issues, so I'm gonna leave the entire issue of prepubescent, post-feminist role models to Sarah, with this sole observation:
I haven't seen "Frozen," but I've seen both "Brave" and "Hunger Games" and I say to hell with the Suzuki method and all those little girls sawing dutifully away on their little violins.
Outfit them with bows and arrows.
Speaking of bullseye-piercing women
Ann Telnaes has returned to her animation roots, but she still makes an occasional static observation at her blog, and today's commentary on the Republican Party's latest fundraising head-scratcher made me laugh, because, yeah, I miss all those things pretty much equally.
When I say it's a head-scratcher, of course, it's because I feel the whole debacle is best forgotten, but the GOP is evidently building its hopes in the next elections on the votes of women who don't want birth control, Latinos who don't mind seeing tiny, impoverished underaged refugees used as political footballs, black people who don't mind having their right to vote challenged and, despite even having Fox cheerleader Megyn Kelly refuse to play along, people who don't remember how we were led into war in the first place.
The scary part is, I'm not sure it's a losing strategy, because you don't have to make sense if you can turn out enough voters.
Anyway, if I were going to buy a shirt to honor somebody I miss from those years, it would be this one.
"The American people are capable of determining their own ideals for heroes, and they don't need to be told elaborate lies. I had the good fortune to come home and to tell the truth. Many soldiers, like Pat Tillman, did not have that opportunity. ... The truth of war is not always easy. The truth is always more heroic than the hype." -- Jessica Lynch
Clay Jones, Giantkiller
Clay Jones had a nice bit of success this week. He spotted his work at PlanetPOV, where it had been posted alongside a huge number of other cartoons by a contributor who made no attempt at "fair use" but simply regurgitated every cartoon she could find, with perhaps a one-line comment after every seventh or eighth panel.
Clay shot off an angry note to the website and then posted his discovery on Facebook. Other cartoonists made their feelings felt and, lo and behold, I had to steal the screenshot above from Alan Gardner, because the screenshot below is all that now remains of several months of this weekly feature.
1. PlanetPOV did not only the right thing but the only thing. This idea of creating a forum for people to post whatever they want is not a bad idea but the concept of an "open forum" is very weak defense against charges of copyright infringement, libel and other exceptions to the First Amendment.
I'm not crazy about the idea of holding ISPs responsible, but individual websites? Yeah, absolutely. Newspapers can be sued for publishing libelous letters to the editor, too. There's nothing new in the concept that you have to take some responsibility for what you allow to appear under your banner.
Anyway, they fixed it and I'd say we should wipe the slate, unless they screw up again.
2. Hat tip and thanks to Clay for, in a subsequent comment on his Facebook posting, mentioning this site (and this one) as examples of fair use and, in his words, "doing it right."
Before I launched CSotD back in 2010, I checked with a couple of syndicate folks to make sure I was on solid ground, or, at least, ground solid enough that they weren't gonna come after me.
And I still feel a little not-okay when a particular cartoonist repeatedly appears here, though, on the times I've dropped one of them a message on the topic ("Please stop being so funny and/or insightful"), the response has been that they enjoy the site and appreciate the plug.
Which I enjoy and appreciate.
The lesson in this is that, while we've all got a lot to recalibrate in the area of intellectual property, this ain't rocket science and the basic rules have not changed.
The other lesson is that, if you see your stuff where it doesn't belong, say something. Every once in a while, somebody on the other end is listening.
Update #1: Clay Jones has shared his letter to the website and, unlike his Facebook posting, it wasn't at all angry, just firm and polite. Smart move, and, yes, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Update #2: Yes, it's true that I favorably compared Katniss Everdeen to Hermoine Granger. But, come on, let's not let it go to your head.