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June 03, 2009

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Jennifer

Maybe there could be a movie based on the Backyard Sports video games. They have female characters of all kinds.

Lyn Mikel Brown

Or maybe just a really creative original character not defined by gender stereotypes! A cool, complex, interesting girl who goes on a journey to find some truth about herself or the world, like all those boys do in Pixar movies.

Lyn

Jennifer

Just giving an idea.

Ian

Hey guys,

I'm all for the petition, but you could use a fact checker. Princess Fiona was in Shrek, which is a Dreamworks film. Not that Dreamworks couldn't stand to have some female leads, but the letter was specifically to Pixar.

Jennifer

I have an idea for older girls: Girl Power Soundtrack! I don't know if you could put songs on a CD, my friend did it once, but you can download these songs onto an Ipod if that's not possible.

1. P!nk: Stupid Girls: The title says it all "Maybe if I act like that/that guy will call me back/Porno Paparazzi girls/I don't wanna be a stupid girl" "I'm so glad that I'll never fit in/That will never be me/Outcasts and girls with ambition/That's what I wanna see!" Not only does it glorify tomboys and independent girls, it is really catchy so there's no reason for your girl not like it.

2. Kelly Clarkson "I Do Not Hook Up" Shows the strong, assertive girl KC really is.

3. Ne-Yo "Miss Independent" Yes, this song is written by a male artist. However, it shows that it is cool/sexy for a girl to be independent, smart, and assertive. Not a lot of male singers can sing about that.

4. Kristinia DeBarge "Goodbye" Kristinia, like KC, is a well-balanced girl who can tell her lame boyfriend to get lost. Awesome.

5. "Breakaway" (also Kelly Clarkson) "I'll make a wish/take a chance/make a change/and break away." Real girl power.

Five more!

Lyn Mikel Brown

Thanks Ian, we fixed that to be more specific in the petition. We knew but just didn't mention Dreamworks--the point we wanted to make was that Pixar could take the lead since no one was offering anything but princesses. But thanks for noticing, Dreamworks is now mentioned, and we hope you still signed!

Lyn Mikel Brown

Great idea Jennifer! Anyone reading have more suggestions for a compilation Girl Power Soundtrack?

Jennifer

6. Miley Cyrus "The Climb" Nothing like "The Big Three" (i.e. Paris, Lindsay, Britney.) Miley works for her dreams when she loses everything.

7. Lindsay Lohan "I Decide" Miss Lohan hasn't taken this song to heart. She was even put on my list of "people who did not use their brains." This song is a really nice girl-power ballad, though.

8. Britney Spears "Womanizer" Britney stands up to a bully in this song, in spite of her problems two years ago.

9. Estelle "American Boy" Estelle is very flirty in this song. Nevertheless this song glorifies female assertiveness/power.

10. "Sober" (also Pink) Not really a Girl Power song, but Pink tries to be sober when everyone else is trying to fit in.

Britta

Yes, Girl Power soundtrack! I facilitate empowerment groups for pre-teen girls, and I did make them a CD -

- "Soul Sister" by Cree Summer (song about female best friends)
- "This One's For the Girls" by Martina McBride
- "Independent Women" by Destiny's Child
- "What It Feels Like For a Girl," by Madonna
- "Good Mother" by Jann Arden
- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," by Cyndi Lauper

Other ideas -
"No Man" by Von Iva
"No Man's Woman" by Sinead O'Connor
"Le Disko" by Shiny Toy Guns (WARNING: includes the F word!)
"Rebel Girl," by Bikini Kill (WARNING: sexually explicit)
"Independence Day" by Martina McBride
"When I Say No" by Debbie Gibson
"She" and "Smile Girl" by Antara


Jennifer

Didn't listen to any of them except for Girl Just Wanna Have Fun.

Jennifer

I also recommend "Hot N Cold" (Katy Perry) in case you don't like one of the songs. Or there are too few songs.

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Jennifer

Songs get old easily. Maybe we can make the CD famous? PS "Stupid Girls" has bad words; get the edited version for younger girls.

Britta

I love "Hot N Cold" because it's fun and catchy, but... how is it empowering to girls? I consider it one of my "guilty pleasure" songs, not something I'd want to recommend to girls! Sample lyrics:

"You change your mind like a girl changes clothes
You PMS like a b*tch, I would know."

Not cool....

Jennifer

Please excuse me for being a "stupid girl," but its not like Im clueless about feminist songs: I know that So What and Girlfriend are by no means empowering to girls (the former is little more than geting back at a guy for making your life miserable, the latter is about stealing another guy;s girlfriend because you want him; female stereotypes, tsk tsk!) I messed up on "Sober" (the girl turns to alcohol for support. Use Take a Bow (stand up for yourself, girl message; Rihanna), and I'll check out If I were a boy (Beyonce.)

PS You have to say more than that when you say that the song is not the most feminist on the planet. Sometimes the radio edits the b-word.

Jennifer

Okay...I've reached the pinnacle of my frustration!>:(>:( (Excuse the smileys, I'm very frustrated.) Do you like my idea to make a Backyard Sports movie or not? It has a female lead....

PS Dont use Sober or Hot n Cold for the girl power thing. Those were "mistake songs."

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Jennifer

Okay...check out my other GP songs on the "Princess Frog" board.

PS Do you like my movie idea? Anyone?

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Hey Jennifer. i couldnt agree with you more.its about time a girl-hero would act this character.i used to download lots of movies, and only in drama movies you find it. girl power!

Jennifer

OMG u agree w/ me? Well, you can see the plot on boards called

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Jennifer


PS I HAVE heard "Independent woman, part 1 on 102.7 earlier this month. Catchy song!:)

I have also heard "Rebel Girl" on guitar in the trailer for "Girls Rock!" Okay, but we need to watch out, too much feminism=same thing happens all over again w/ boys=movie called Boys Rock! hits theaters.

Jennifer

What's that got to do with anything?

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It's an obvious spam. On topic, I too vote for a girl lead character. Japanese animation has a lot of female lead and they were quite succesful. I guess Pixar can follow their example.

Jennifer

Yeah, I thought that too.

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