Having an endless stream of photos to edit these days, I often plop my pre-schooler in front of a Disney movie for a stead. (I know; I’m a horrible mother.) Colour adjusting away in my basement office-slash-playroom (see, not such a horrible mother), I get to enjoy those easy-to-follow story lines.
We’re on Pocahontas right now (and renting a different one every week). We just got through a Mulan phase, which was preceded by The Hunchback of Notre Dame. At the risk of being told I too am reminded of the pro-life, pro-choice dialogue everywhere (and I’d be in great company), well, they all remind me of the pro-life, pro-choice dialogue.
Mulan conceals her female identity to fight in the Imperial Chinese army and heads the defeat of the Huns, saving China. When it is discovered that she is infact not a man, she goes from hero to zero. Regardless of her accomplishments, the stigma of being a woman is her greatest obstacle. Just as ‘unwanted’ fetuses are stigmatized simply for what they can’t help being.
In The Hunchback, Quasimodo is a malformed man persuaded from infancy that he was among the unwanted of society. For his sake and that of others, he was better off secluded in a bell tower where no one would have to gaze upon his hideousness. Sounds like those who preach that an ‘unwanted’ child is better off never being born.
In Pocahontas, the English refer to the natives as savages, chanting that they are “barely even human,” and asking “do they even breathe?” No need to connect the dots there.
Across the board in this magical world of Disney, the underdog prevails and a valuable lesson is learned by all. You know; happily ever after.
So are we really that blind? Not that I think we should make an animated film about the plight of the unborn child, but is our society not simply allowing the most basic of human lessons to go unlearned? Or is it that, the more civilized we become, the more helpless our victims have to be? You see, these victims now, they can’t even speak up for themselves.by