In my adventures today, I picked up a copy of Peter Pan. I was so excited to bring it home and watch it with The Short Bus, he loves pirates, and has never seen the movie.
As I'm sitting here watching it with him, I'm on the verge of tears. What the hell? Wendy! Can't you see what's happening here!? Girl, wake up! This cute, fun boy shows up, and one of the first things he says to you is, "Girls sure do talk a lot." Then, he starts talking about taking her from her home to his where she can take care of him and his friends.
And SHE goes along with it! Really?!
They finally get to Neverland where Peter's bitch friend gets her shot out of the sky, he, of course, saves her life, then when Peter tries to banish Tink, Wendy defends her! When Peter's other friends, the mermaids, try to drown her, she finally tries to stand up for herself, and this time Peter defends the mermaids. At this point, Tiger-Lily shows up. I don't know about you, but if I were Wendy, I'd have a hard time going along with saving yet another friend of his who is going to treat me like crap. Yet, she follows right along.
So, Wendy is expected to be "the mom" while John & Michael are expected to be little boys and "never grow up." She tells stories, gathers firewood, and generally keeps the boys in line, while Captain Hook uses and lies to Tinkerbell... because she's "a jealous female" and can be "talked into anything."
Seriously, could there be any worse portrayal of women?
While these characters have brief moments where they stand up for themselves, the general idea is that women are weak willed, stupid creatures, who are only here to clean up, and ruin everybody's fun.
Even when Tinkerbell saves Peter's life, and he finally tells her, "you mean more to me than anyone in this whole world," she continues to play a secondary role in his life.
All in all, I think my favorite character in the movie is the Crocodile. *sigh*
Some things just aren't the same once you grow up.