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Manhood according to Disney

Last week I wrote about my plan to do a year long study into the societal and Biblical views of manhood.  After my post about going to watch Disney on Ice, my friend sent me a video of a song, from Mulan, telling me that she immediately thought of it when reading my blog.

I decided to look into the role of men in Disney movies. It may seem weird to start a series about manhood by looking at Disney movies, but if you think about it, these are some of the first ideas that young girls and boys are subjected to as to what their roles should be. Let’s start by watching the Mulan video and then I will break down what it means to be a man according to Disney.

From the extensive short study I did on Disney movies this week and from what I can remember from when I watched them in the past here is what I deduced. In order to be a bad man (or villain) according to Disney movies you must be:

  • Desiring of power for your own good
  • disfigured or fat (Peter Pan, Robin Hood, Lion King)
  • have anger issues
  • murderous

In order to be a good man (or hero) according to Disney movies you must be:

  • good-looking (except Hunchback)
  • brave
  • naive (at least at first)
  • rescuer
  • fast, strong and mysterious (Mulan)

What I apparently need to do is become a good-looking, naive, brave, fast, strong and mysterious man willing to rescue a fair maiden.

Now I am not bashing Disney movies or saying they are doing a discredit to everyone by portraying women as week and men as the rescuers and all of that other stuff. I am just making some observations and commenting on them. I will let you decide what you want to do with the information.

These are just a couple things that I have noticed. I’d love to hear what things you have noticed about men in Disney movies, so please post them below and join the discussion!

Man card, revoked!

The lights came on, the siren blared, I checked my speedometer and I wasn’t speeding. I tried to remember if I failed to stop at a stop sign or ran a redish light, but i couldn’t remember violating any law. I pulled over and the cop moseyed up to my window with his hand on his belt and asked the dreaded question. “Do you know why I pulled you over?” I answered honestly, “No, sir.” The officer then asked for my id and registration. I handed him my license and registration but he asked for my other id…my man card.  He immediately put a giant red stamped “Revoked” in the center of it, gave it back to me and said I was in violation of several man laws this week and could no longer consider myself a man. I tried to fight it, but he said there was nothing he could do about it.

revoked-man-card

That is the scenario several people made me feel like would happen after my week involved watching my cousin and goddaughter at their dance recital and then the events of last Saturday. Last Saturday I found myself with one other adult male and two small girls who looked like twins (though they aren’t) watching a bunch of people dressed as Disney characters skate around the room. Yes, I went to Disney on Ice. No, I do not have any kids of my own, but instead chose to go with my cousin, his daughter and her cousin. It was my Christmas present to my goddaughter, but I chose to go with her instead of just buying tickets for her and her family. What’s worse is I kind of enjoyed it, not the ice skating as much as seeing my goddaughter wave at Goofy for almost 5 minutes straight several times throughout the event.

Since last Saturday I have been thinking more and more about what it means to be a man, Biblically and according to today’s society. I couldn’t help but have these questions running through my head; Does this make me less of a man? What would a single female think about this? What makes a man a man according to the Bible?

I decided to start to research the topic of manhood more thoroughly and see what Bible scholars, popular culture, and any other source says a man should be. My goal is to post every Friday, for at least 2013, about a different topic/question about manhood and that is where I need your help. It would take me way to long to compile all of the resources that talk about what makes a man a man in addition to reading them and writing the blog, but as you come along sources please shoot them my way at jacob.coon@gemission.org or comment on here. I am looking forward to  hearing your thoughts and researching this topic. Seriously though, I could use as much help as possible so send me articles, books, blogs, songs or anything else you come across.

Men, this is for you! Women, you can read it too!

I read a blog title a while back that caught my attention so much that I let it sit in a “to read” folder in my browser for since November. The title was “Jacob’s Story: Are You Ready For An Eye-Opening, Gut-Wrenching Film?” I really did want to read it, it just took me a while to get to it, maybe because I didn’t want to have my gut wrentched, maybe because I didn’t want to be convicted of something, I don’t know. I didn’t even know what the blog was about until I read it today. I watched the video below first and it awoke me to something that I hadn’t really thought much about, human-trafficking. I knew it existed, I knew it was bad, but I didn’t ever really think about it. The interesting thing about the video is the tie that human-trafficking has with the porn industry. I never even thought about that. I always thought that the sex trade was mostly involving forced prostitution (a horrible reality in and of itself), but I never thought that the pornography industry was just as much a part. Supporting pornography means supporting human-trafficking. I hope that that fact alone makes the men out there think twice about submit to the temptation of porn. Whether you are male or female reading this right now, it is worth watching the video from that blog.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/31795904?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/31795904″>Jacob’s Story</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/unearthed”>Unearthed</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

After watching this video I was scrolling my facebook feed and saw a video posted by Christian rapper, Lecrae. Lecrae is an amazing rap artist, who thankfully is fully committed to the Lord. He is also a part of a rap group called 116 with a bunch of other very talented Christian rap artists. 116 released a Man Up cd and went on tour together last year. The whole cd is about men needing to man up and be who they are supposed to be in Christ. It was all supposed to be over last year, but they decided to do a combination conference and concert this April in Atlanta. Here is the video Lecrae posted about the event.

The event looks like it is going to be an amazing event for men, discussing issues that are too often pushed to the side if discussed at all. I would love to go, but unfortunately probably wont be able to. I suggest that anyone who can take the trip and become more of the man that you should be.

If we, as men, change our actions to fit the Lord’s desire then the human-trafficking epidemic will disappear due to the lack of demand. We can do something about it, so lets man up and do it!