This is a long article and whether you like Frozen or not (I thought it was ok) you should give it a read because it makes some very interesting points not just about the movie but about feminism in entertainment and animation in general. I did cherry pick some of my favorite paragraphs from the conclusion that I think everyone should read:
In a recent DGA (Director’s Guild of America) “Women’s Steering Committee” meeting, the DGA resolved to “work diligently” to solve the problem of the gender imbalance in film. Everyone patted themselves on the back, declared the job mostly done and went home, except for the people who pointed outthat the EEOC resolved to do exactly the same thing in1978 — fourteen years after motion picture studios were found almost uniformly in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The state of the industry for women is absolutely abysmal, and has been for decades. It’s a problem that should have been swiftly and incisively dealt with as soon as it was pointed out, but the response from the motion picture studios was to form a committee, publicly celebrate the formation of said committee, and in private make absolutely sure that the committee was almost incapable of making substantial change.
Does it sound like a conspiracy? At the time, it was. The male-led studios didn’t want women behind the cameras, so they did their best to keep them out. But now? It’s just complacency. In the years following the 1978 EEOC report, the percentage of women behind the cameras did start to rise, peaking with 16% of network television episodes directed by women in 1993. And then? It plateaued. Someone, somewhere, decided that arise from 0.5% to 16%over a period of ten years was not only pretty good — which it was — butgood enough, and the efforts stopped. Now the landscape for women in film is as bleak as ever, but because no one wants to disturb the status quo, and because twenty years ago it was decided that we had reachedgood enough, virtually nothing is being done. The same is true in finance; the same is true in engineering. The same arguments I make for women can be made for racial discrimination or LGBT acceptance. Every minority group that has ever had to struggle for equal treatment is fighting against good enough, because to ever acknowledge that we have reachedgood enoughis to give the people with influence our permission to stop trying and go home.
I bring this up because I see the same thing going on in Disney’sFrozen. We all know that women are underrepresented in film. Disney/Marvel alone has made a killing at the box office with eight — soon to be nine and counting — massively fun, massively successful superhero films, and not one has been led by a woman. A male-driven superhero film can be mediocre and recover with the next installment in the franchise, but the debate over which superheroine should kick off the women-driven slate of films has been going on for years, because the zeitgeist of the industry means thatshe will only get one shot.
You should read the rest, if you got the time.