Mulan

Someone wrote…

My partner and I (both transmen) were singing along to Mulan (as in the Disney film – as you do) and having a good old natter about the song ‘reflection’, especially the line “who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me, why is my reflection someone I don’t know” – any other trans/queer/etc people out there getting that?! :oP

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on December 27th, 2012 at 08:00 am

Category: your voice 11 comments »

11 Responses to “Mulan”

  1. Kaden

    Heck yeah! It’s crazy how much Mulan can sound like a transman movie sometimes. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” also makes me think about trans stuff.

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  2. Joss/Ames

    I was always vaguely disappointed as a child when Mulan stopped dressing as a man after she got home. Although it’s good that she figured out more of who she was :) But agreed, strong transman vibes throughout the whole movie…

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  3. Anonymous

    Fuck YES, the song about the reflection is so meaningful to me right now, I am listening to it in an endless loop…I get it totally!!!

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  4. gqfemmeboi

    Yes I have always seen the movie under such light as well!!

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  5. Alan

    Yes, I completely agree. Reflection is an awesome song.

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  6. Cat

    Oh yes! I’ve got to get that song for my mP3 player.

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  7. Emmit

    I have always loved that movie, for that exact reason. I watched it recently with my mother, and we talked about gender identity a lot afterward. The whole movie definitely has strong undertones about gender, and I love that other people have seen it that way, too!

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  8. Char d'Ar

    Oh Emmit, they’re not *under*tones. The film is tirelessly blatant about gender, I find.

    Back in school I actually had the opportunity to spend some time seriously thinking about the intersection of animation with gender/sexuality issues. Endlessly fascinating stuff. I recommend Sean Griffin’s article “Pronoun Trouble: The Queerness of Animation” in case any of you are really interested.

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  9. Tree

    What a coincidence! I was just listening to that last night and having a good FEELS session because of it.

    I LOVE that song.

    The Christina Aguilerea version is even more to the point:

    “I am now in a world where I have to hide my heart
    and what I believe in
    But somehow, I will show the world what’s inside my heart-
    and be loved for who I am”

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  10. Inge

    Ha, I only watched that movie once as a kid, and because of this post I just watched it again. I can definitely see it. It’s kind of annoying how friggin’ easily she passes though XD

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  11. Sheila

    I’m a cis female and I get this same feeling from Mulan. Actually found this discussion through an internet search to see if people thought the same thing. Mulan seems to be much happier and more fulfilled being a man.

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