May 10, 2013

Disney's Merida Make-Over

So a friend on Facebook posted this article and I'm pretty pissed about this.  At first glance you might think it's not a big difference but really, they have changed a lot.

First of all, when my kids and I went to see Brave in the theater last summer, I was so happy to see that Disney had created a princess that was an independent girl who rescues herself. She wasn't all about landing a man or worried about her looks. She was fierce and well...brave.

What kind of message is Merida's new look sending to girls? Just look at all the differences made.
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Merida was a tomboy. Not some glamour girl. She was beautiful as she is in the film and didn't like the fancy dress, even. The biggest thing is they took away her bow and arrow! Why? Should a pretty princess have no need for such weaponry? There was no need to sexualize her image when she was a realistic teenage girl. Not cool Disney! What do you think? 

Sign the petition here.

May 5, 2013

Hey, May

Did this year fly by for anyone else? I can't believe it's already May!  That makes it one year since I went to the US last summer, and really, in my head that was like a few months ago. Seriously.

My kids are in the midst of end of the year exams and it's a real pain in the ass. I'm sure I've complained about it on the regular in the past years but that does not stop me. Really, school here is so intense and just made to be such a big huge deal when in the big picture, I'd like my kids to be well rounded, have interests, be in sports year round but school does not allow for that. There's simply not enough time with the work load and monthly exams. I'll be glad when we're done for the year. Of course then they'll be assigned summer homework. What a bummer. That phrase "Summer Homework" shouldn't be allowed. I'm planning to get them to finish it right away so we can just have it behind us and not worry about it.

It's super hot already, 102 (39) degrees today and it's only going to get hotter.I'm going to start making ice blocks for Rocky in this heat. Fans and AC, I love you. If it weren't for them, I'd probably melt into a puddle. Rumors are going around that the govt. is going to turn of the power 2X a day for an hour during the summer. I'm hoping that doesn't happen. Egypt really needs to get it's energy problems fixed because that is ridiculous. Ramadan this year falls right smack in the middle of summer, Allah help us.

Also,  I've been working on a little something something, to be announced soon! :)