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i'm krista. emerson 2012. boston>omaha>boston>los angeles. i like to make pretty things, via writing, photographing, and designing. these are my thoughts and adventures.

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The Message of “Frozen,” Christianity, and Homosexuality

I recently read a blog post here about the hit Disney movie “Frozen,” written by a woman who strongly believes that the film is promoting the homosexual agenda.

This post made me so angry, and yes, I read the whole thing. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll go ahead and let you know of the following: I’m a liberal democrat, I’m straight but I support gay rights, and I’m a huge Disney fan. But one more thing: I was raised Christian, and have always considered myself a Christian.

This woman essentially argues that the entirety of the film doesn’t just have an underlying theme of homosexuality, but it is the exact theme of the movie. She states, “The gay agenda to normalize homosexuality is woven into Disney’s movieΒ FrozenΒ not just as an underlying message - it is the movie.Β In a liberal culture tenacious at normalizing immorality, stripping those of faith from their ability to speak out in opposition, this needs to be taken seriously.”

She then goes on to give specific examples of why this is true. In “Frozen,” Elsa is born with a power that she is encouraged by her parents to hide and not take advantage of, and she is told to keep it a secret or else there will be very dangerous and potentially life-threatening repercussions that will directly affect those she loves. Alternatively, her “normal” sister is able to enjoy life without the fear that Elsa constantly lives in. She claims this power that Elsa possesses is a direct and intentional parallel to homosexuality.

First, let me say that this blog post is very well-written and makes some convincing points. The author also says she does appreciate “Frozen” as a film and states that it was well-done and beautiful. However, I was so frustrated after reading this. I understand the parallels, truly, I do. I get what she is saying, but to claim that this is the ONLY message Disney is trying to get across, and that they are INTENTIONALLY pushing the “homosexual agenda” upon viewers, and trying to “normalize” the gay lifestyle is just absurd. There is so much more to “Frozen,” and the theme to this film is so much more universal and relatable. She is putting this amazing film in a very small box.

"Frozen" makes a very unfortunate situation so relatable to so many people. Elsa is not only a very real character for anyone who is gay, but anyone who has been bullied, faced persecution, struggled with accepting themselves, or has been told by others that they don’t fit in. Elsa’s parents aren’t only similar to parents who have encouraged their gay children to stay in the closet, but any kind of parent who has tried to help their children fit the mold of society in order to have an "easier" life. They love Elsa, but they are also concerned for the kind of persecution she will face if she is honest and reveals her powers to the kingdom.

"Don’t let them in, don’t let them see.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
Conceal, don’t feel, put on a show.
Make one wrong move and everyone will know.”

If you think that the only real-life parallel for this is the feeling of being homosexual in a society of people who don’t accept you, you are terribly misguided, and you’ve likely never experienced any adversity.

"Frozen" is a story for kids who have been bullied, kids who look different, the ones who have learning disorders like ADD and ADHD, or even Autism and Down Syndrome. It’s for kids like me growing up, who struggle with severe anxiety and depression but don’t understand why. It’s for kids who are terribly insecure or have eating disorders. It’s for the kids who are constantly confused and conflicted by something they were born with, and no, that doesn’t ONLY mean homosexuality. It’s for the kids who don’t like to leave their house, because they’re scared of what others will make of their differences. It’s for everyone, adults and kids alike, who feel like they need to hide something in order for the world around them to accept them, and in order for their life to be easier.

And you know what else “Frozen” reminds me of? The story of Jesus Christ. Jesus was constantly persecuted by those around him, even though he was born as the Son of God and had so much love to spread. He was looked down upon because he was different. People thought he was crazy. They didn’t believe in his power or that he was the King of the heavens and the Earth, and that he should be put to death for his claims. Jesus spent a lot of time alone to be with God and away from the pressures of the world around him. He faced adversity because of who he was. He STILL faces adversity to this very day. And if you don’t see that parallel, that’s okay, because you don’t have to. The story of “Frozen” doesn’t only have one parallel, or one theme, and isn’t meant to only mean one thing.

So you know what? Elsa is my queen. She’s my favorite Disney princess now, and it’s not because I think she might be gay, and it’s not because she has magical powers, and it’s not because she has an awesome ice queen dress and her hair always looks great, and it’s not because she is an amazing character in a movie that may or may not be pushing the liberal agenda. It’s because she struggles because she is different. It’s because she perseveres through something that is out of her control. Because she has a sister that she loves so much and she just wants to take care of her, and will do anything to prevent hurting her. It’s because she is determined to come out on top of it all as Queen Elsa, and she does. She uses what she has to her advantage, because she is born with a gift that she cannot and will not suppress. She could have continued to go through her life trying to suppress it, but she refuses to live in a way that is untrue to who she is.

Someday I’ll teach my children the story of Jesus and how his story gives us hope for a new life, and how his life can and should be inspiration for us to live differently, whatever that means. And I have no doubt in my mind that my children will also watch “Frozen” someday. I truly hope that they can relate to the film like so many did in 2013 and 2014. Because the message of “Frozen” isn’t just for one group of people, and isn’t meant to push the homosexual agenda. The message is universal: whatever makes you different, and is causing you to hold back from being yourself… let it go.

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Fitness resolutions thus far

This year, my biggest resolution is to get fit(ter) and lose some weight. When I was thinking about my resolutions, I thought that this one wouldn’t be THAT big of a deal… I’d get a gym membership, eat healthier, stop munching after 10pm, etc. But I slowly came to the realization that this is a lifestyle change, rather than a few quick changes, because the way I’ve been living since I left college has not fostered many healthy habits.

I mean, I should give myself more credit than that. I’m pretty good with eating on the healthy side even if I don’t try super hard to do so. And I’ve always been an active person with a relatively fast metabolism, so it’s not like it was a huge undertaking to get into working out. I know plenty of things I can do to exercise every day and I should have done it a long time ago. I also don’t NEED to lose weight, but it’s more of a personal goal that I want to work towards. So, granted, this lifestyle change is probably easier for me than a lot of people, which I’m grateful for, but it’s a lifestyle change nevertheless.

I started Weight Watchers earlier this month along with my mom and sister, and I’m now entering my 3rd week. I’ve lost 5 pounds and I’m about 15 pounds away from my goal weight. I highly recommend WW for anyone who loves to eat, doesn’t like dieting, doesn’t believing in counting calories, exercises along with dieting… or not. WW is literally for everyone because it’s so stinkin’ easy to follow, doesn’t deprive you of your favorite foods, rewards you for exercise, and teaches you a healthy way to look at food. Fruits and veggies don’t count as points, which is probably the best part. I also make a much bigger effort to drink lots of water every day, which is great for health reasons and blah blah blah but it also curbs my snacking.

Along with starting weight watchers, I now exercise 4-5 days a week. Before, I was at like, one measly day a week. I’m motivated by groups, so I signed up for yoga and Cardio Barre classes via Groupon, and bought myself a new pair of trail running shoes for hiking on the weekends. I’ve vowed to make exercising a priority rather than just something I do if I have the time or motivation (which, like, let’s be real, I never like REALLY AM DYING TO EXERCISE).

With that said, here are the biggest obstacles and accomplishments thus far.

Obstacles:

1. I do miss a lot of sweets and carbs. I guess that’s good because that’s the point. But I just love pasta and bread so much that it was difficult at first especially to find things that I love just as much. I also despise diet soda, but have succumbed to its caffeine powers.

2. Snacking late at night. I love snacking while watching online television between the hours of 9pm and 1am. Some people just beast out a workout to reduce stress because that’s their thing. Why can’t that be my thing? My thing is Netflix and snacks.

3. Weekend recreation. I have a Disneyland Annual Pass and go about once a month and it was SUPER hard to resist the temptations of all the diet-killers at my favorite theme park. Also, on the weekends, the later I stay awake on Friday or Saturday nights, the more I want to munch. I also have to cut back on my favorite sugar-laden drinks (whiskey sours and spiked cider).
Accomplishments:

1. I have incorporated SO MUCH MORE fruit and veggies into my diet. Since they are zero points on WW, it makes it easy to snack on this if I’m running low on points for the remainder of the day.

2. I appreciate indulging more. Mickey Mouse beignets have never tasted so good as they did after I started my diet.

3. I have more energy and sleep better. This is partially due to my increase in exercise, not exclusively eating right, but still!

4. I’ve gotten really good at coming up with healthy WW-friendly snacks.

5. Last, but not least, and the most obvious… I am losing weight. While my current weight isn’t threatening my health, I know losing this weight is going to make me feel more confident and I’m going to get more fit.

I plan on blogging more about this the further along I get. Stay tuned for HOPEFULLY some more success stories :]


First Disneyland trip of 2014! 😍First Disneyland trip of 2014! 😍First Disneyland trip of 2014! 😍First Disneyland trip of 2014! 😍

First Disneyland trip of 2014! 😍