July 08, 2015

Fever sexualizes Pocahontas

Some of the lyrics of Fever--originally sung by Peggy Lee and covered by Madonna:Cap'n Smith and Pocahontas
Had a very mad affair
When her daddy tried to kill him
She said, "Daddy, oh, don't you dare!

"He gives me fever
"With his kisses
"Fever when he holds me tight
"Fever! I'm his missus
"Daddy, won't you treat him right?"
Comment:  This is a great example of how our culture has sexualized Native women such as Pocahontas. And why Disney's Pocahontas is problematical: for perpetuating a "storybook romance" that never existed.

For more on the subject, see "In Defense of Pocahontas."

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