in the past few years there’s been an increasing range of cultural manifestation with the seeming purpose of replacing the masculine whether it’s the new Ghostbusters Doctor Who the slew of Marvel heroes being replaced by feminine versions of themselves certain this list is getting longer of course those who are doing this think they’re doing women a service by leveling the field but there’s strange irony is running through these political chess moves as instead of creating powerful cultural images of the feminine you put female bodies on masculine ideals and the question begs to be answered are we actually dismissing the masculine or are we dismissing the feminine by doing this or maybe it’s both but when it comes to replacing the masculine while preserving the feminine the Disney movie Moana appears as one of the most successful giving this cultural movement an almost mythical expression so we’re going to look at Moana and see how that plays out in the movie and what the consequences are [Music] this is Jonathan Petro welcome to the symbolic world [Applause] now in all my movie interpretations I tell people to pay attention to the opening sequence as usually the entire movie reveals itself there and this is no exception the beginning of the movie is the beginning of this new feminine world it’s a creation myth the story of how the world began and we’re told in the beginning there was only oh now immediately we should be suspicious because in the traditional Maori myth like in so many other cultures the world is made by the union of opposites heaven and earth the great father and the great mother this traditional myth will that will actually continue to be there in the movie as a kind of ghost a kind of invisible strangeness a feeling that something isn’t quite right and how things develop but in this story in this creation myth here in this movie there is only the feminine part the earthly part the ocean and out of this primordial chaos emerges the mother Island to feety which is an image of the let’s call er the new-agey mother earth who by her heart has the power to create life we’re told that soon some began to covet the heart and were shown a sea serpent and then all the characters who want to steal the heart in the actual movie the crab the Pirates and then finally Maui notice first of all that all these characters are masculine but notice mostly that Maui lifts off into the sky as an eagle to steal the heart were finally shown the masculine counterpart to the mother earth character we are shown the heavens and this image of the masculine is not there to act as a complement to unite with earth and create life but is there to steal the heart of the earth and unleash a progressive destruction of all things one of the things that Maui is known for especially is that he is the one who pulled out the islands from the sea with my tea hook the hook is an image of technology in its most basic sense it is the tool by which humans can act upon modify and rein in the chaotic world the fishhook is particularly this because it goes down into chaos into the water and catches that which is useful that which can be eaten or integrated by human society the hook is a tool of logos just think of the fishing imagery used by Christ so the idea of pulling dry land out of the sea is this ultimate capacity to pull something out of chaos and make it useful but in the specifics of these islands it also makes them a kind of vertical height on the horizontal backdrop of the waters pulling an island out of the water is pulling it towards heaven so we find ourselves in a village and one of the strange ghostly feelings I mentioned appears immediately at the beginning because for some reason Moana will be the next chief all the Chiefs before her were men but without explanation were meant to simply accept that this young girl will replace her father as the chief he takes her to the highest place on the hill and shows her a column made by a series of stones each place by the proceeding Chiefs and he tells her that as the next chief she will one day place her stone on the pillar but the malays continues because this rather masculine vertical column is actually a continuation of what Maui did in the beginning that is by adding a stone on the pillar stone one is pulling the island even higher up towards heavens making the island higher you will raise this whole island higher of course Moana in this movie is the chosen one chosen to take the heart of taffy t get Maui so now we can replace the heart on this journey Moana has a series of allies her mother her grandmother the ocean itself all these feminine type characters and then she has a series of all-male obstacles her father who doesn’t want her to go the Pirates and the crab who want to steal the heart and then finally there is Maui who is supposed to help her though he is actually the cause of this whole apocalyptic situation in the first place there is of course one major feminine obstacle take ah the fire demon but as we discover in the final reveal of the movie tika is actually only a victim of Maui so let’s look at Maui for a second now he is supposed to help her but he doesn’t in fact help her at all nope no now he actually doesn’t do anything Moana is the one who takes the heart back from the Pirates she is the one who gets Maui’s cook from the crab and then she is the one who ends up putting the heart back into defeat II now he does not really help her at best when Moana is figuring out the Hart dilemma at the end Maui acts as a distraction but even there we finally discover that all the damage he is doing to the fire demon tikka is actually just continuing the violence and abuse that he operated on defeat he by stealing her heart like I said take ah appears as Maui’s victim there is a concise image of the dynamic between Moana and Maui in the movie an image of how the whole point of Maui in this movie is that he has supplanted Milana and it appears immediately when they meet first off maui goes into a song which marks the quote unquote patriarchy because now he insists on saying you’re welcome for all the civilizing he’s done [Music] oblivious to the fact that no one is saying thank you thank you that he is in fact the cause of the ecological disaster upon them but then when maui shuts Moana in a cave she escapes by climbing up a statue of Maui and then toppling the statue in order to escape through a – obviously feminine-looking opening the toppling of Maui and the civilizing spirit he represents is the actual led motive of the entire movie the most aggressive version of the male bashing in this movie is in mallanna’s animal sidekick the brainless the rooster is an age-old image of the masculine he is traditionally placed on the summit of houses in the guise of a weather vane but the rooster has also been seen as the delusional masculine the prideful and boastful one who thinks that he is the one whose call summons the Sun and so by making a rooster the most brainless thing imaginable opens up all kinds of possibilities of jabbing below the belt don’t believe me boat snack Maui did you just choke that chicken now as I said there are some strange ghosts in the movies strange reminders of what the story should have been for example there is a very powerful object in the movie when Mona’s grandmother is dying she gives Moana a locket into which to keep the heart of taffy tea the locket is composed of two waves a dark and a white one against each and is an obvious reference to the yin-yang symbol by putting the heart which is also the seed the point at the center of the spiral into the locket this is an image of how the seed of life the root of life appears as the joining of heaven and earth masculine and feminine and so it would only have been fitting that Maui returned the heart of to Fiji as it was prophesized at the beginning you see the idea of placing the seed in the center of the mother so that she can bring forth life is well just basic birds and bees but this is not what this movie is about it is about the civilizing masculine who destroys life and brings about ecological disaster and so when Moana returns home and becomes the chief of a tribe instead of taking a stone and increasing the pillar pulling the island further up into heaven she takes the shell which is the ocean gave her which comes from the bottom of the world the shell which is shown overtly pink and stylized to look rather well let’s say to look feminine and places it on top of the pillar by so doing stopping the pillar from getting any higher stopping the masculine line of Chiefs for good and because it is impossible to add anything on the pillar now it is at the same time announcing a kind of end a kind of transition where her people will once again take to the ocean by changing the traditional terms of a fairy tale or myth Moana contributes to the growing confusion between the very primordial masculine and feminine categories categories which have not only regulated societies from time immemorial but also ensure the very existence of the human race mana proposes a world in which the mother the hero the wise one the chief or all roles played by women and the masculine once toppled will receive whatever power he has only by the gracious acquiescing of the Great Mother you know it it’d be rude to refuse a gift from a goddess thank you your kind gesture is deeply appreciated so I hope you enjoyed my analysis of Moana you probably notice that there’s a lot more complexity in the video more video layering you know more timing with the between the text and the video of the movie and that’s really to celebrate that I’m almost reached $500 from my patrons on my patreon account at 500 I’d promised that I would I would ramp up the level of the videos that I’m doing and so it’s very excited to seeing all of you who were supporting me who were following me writing comments and so if you if you like what I’m doing please consider giving a little bit a month so that we can make these even better and so that I can be more involved in these talks the more I’m the more I’m seeing the results the more I’m excited to do this even more than carving and so next week I’m going to be in Vancouver with Doran peterson and brett weinstein for students for liberty event and so that’s really a whole exciting new door that’s opening up and so let’s keep going

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  • November 1, 2017 at 11:38 am
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    Broader symbolic overview of Moana:
    Hi Jonathan,

    Great video, I've been looking forward to your analysis of Moana! I was hoping you would go more into the archetypal structure, but I appreciate the relevance of your message. Here's an overview of the major symbolism I see in Moana.

    Two worlds
    All of the magic is contained in Moana’s private story. No villager sees any magic.
    Moana leaves the island and, from the perspective of her people, she learns to sail and fish. She then returns and revitalizes the island culture with the new knowledge.

    Hubris
    The island culture and Maui are both hubristic. They believe that they know all they need to know. (Opening song – We have everything we need)
    It’s obvious that they are stagnating (symbolized by the death and decay that they can’t understand/accommodate), and that they need to venture out into the unknown to get what they need.
    From this perspective, the tower on the island is a tower of babel image. They are reaching up to god without the appreciation for, or relationship with the transcendent (shown by the neglect of seafaring and as well as the wise woman & her myths)
    The problems of the culture are mirrored in the symbolic realm by Maui and Tefiti. Maui believes he is responsible for civilization but neglects the positive aspect of the sacred feminine. As a result he loses his fishhook (he is no longer able to pull what he needs out of the ocean/chaos – feminine). Also as a result, the feminine manifests as only negative (the volcano goddess & black death on the island)

    Overall Narrative
    The story is about the culture renewing its relationship with the (positive aspect) of the sacred feminine. By diving into chaos (underworld imagery) Maui is able to retrieve his hook (creative powers from communion with feminine) and confront the negative aspect of mother nature (death & destruction). This facilitates the manifestation of the positive feminine in the symbolic realm, and on the island.

    Symbolic confusion?
    I don’t think that it subverts the traditional hero myth too much, other than that the hero (Moana) is shown as a woman.
    She ends up with all of the positive masculine & feminine qualities. She motivates the transformation in both the earthly and spiritual realms (on the island as well as between Maui & Tefiti)
    It makes sense that Maui lags behind Moana in his transformation because he represents ancestral culture.
    I guess the main issue is that there is no positive masculine symbolism except that as embodied by Moana (and perhaps Maui after the transformation, although he’s pretty pathetic throughout)

    The shell on top of the tower to me represents a placing of the transcendent at the top of the hierarchy. The shell is almost like a mandala. The promise is that her people will flourish better by continuing exploration and developing seafaring abilities/ technology (cultural evolution driven by relationship with the transcendent). I do see what you mean though, underlying many of these symbolic decisions is an agenda of replacing the masculine with the feminine. (or turning the feminine into the masculine? This is definitely a question that we are grappling with as a culture right now)

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  • October 7, 2018 at 3:42 am
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    bro you cant accept that there are strong women? what's wrong with u

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  • October 7, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    this video is sexist and bullsheet

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  • October 10, 2018 at 1:01 am
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    So glad to see people getting on this. It's all about the media (TV, movies, radio, internet, late night hosts) – all in bed at this point with one agenda. Once you understand and see the spy-op, it can never work on you again. These videos are so important. They have obviously ramped up their efforts and are demanding these point of views globally. Watching weak men champion this cause, for fear of being labeled some token name, is sickening and disturbing.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 5:51 am
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    🤔♥️Yes…I watched it 4 times to catch the message…PLEASE WATCH A WRINKLE IN TIME ALSO.(THE 2017 VERSION WITH OPRAH IN IT)…the spiritual symbolism in it is DEEL

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:13 am
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    Well some of this is because the Polynesian cultures have feminine as equals but different to masculines, as do most indigenous cultures (our natural state), it’s just the process of colonisation of the patriarchy (our unnatural state) has made us forget who we are as masculine & feminine working together

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  • October 10, 2018 at 7:11 am
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    People, this is a good thing.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 7:45 am
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    No one really needs to be replaced… All we got to do is treat each other as equals.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    It's the time of the divine feminine!!! The divine masculine will have their time. The feminine have been enslaved by the masculine for too Long! That's what the meaning is! The disrespect, the imbalance! It needs to be righted, that which was wrong!!! Harmony and balance are brought back by the masculine not trying to control or lord over the feminine!!! Rather they are equal parts! God is feminine and masculine, not either or. GAIA IS the mother, does keep the life on thus planet going. God acts as the Divine Masculine in the pair, but is actually both. On Earth the equality of men versus women has to be restored! Tgat is the meaning!!! That women are just as important as men! Equals. We all have feminine and masculine inside. It's about balance, and restoring it to our Earth!!! This is NOT a masculine bashing movie, it is a wake up call to righting the past wrongs!!!!!

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  • October 10, 2018 at 8:07 am
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    Your account is totally OFF! Go study your history. Women were the shamans! Then they got burned as witches. Men took over the world in our own history!!! Women were put down. This is a rebalance of what should be, and used to be. What is right. A balance. Not a takeover, as you like to portray it. Women give birth, men plant the seed. Who really does the most work in creation? Your analysis comes off sounding like hating on women for wanting to be put back in their rightful place. Your spreading hate.

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  • October 10, 2018 at 8:54 am
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    I get it emasculate the masculine. This is truth, thank you, things we ignore, yet so obvious. Love you talking about bring the mother and father together, heavens and earth. This is wonderful thank you

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  • October 10, 2018 at 9:21 am
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    Wow eye opening!

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm
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    I loved it. Thk u 🙏

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    Wonder what you think of Jeanne d'Arc and Mulan , and how they became a popular icon, what are the feminin ideas they embody? Or are they "unatural" "new age" ideas too?

    Again, same with all the other analysis done by you, no regard for the conceptual understanding of what the movie is about. Emotions aside, all these things actually make the movie better. Because the goal in the end, is to unite two worldviews, how one can be a conservative and progressive. The conflict between the two perspectives is the key. And so its natural that all these symbols are in conflict, yet in the end, they come together.
    "we ware voyagers, and now we are stuck on this land", we need to understand that the only constant is change-
    Maoi helped moana. The conflict came together. They move to other island-
    THE SHELL is a finishing touch for that one island.

    I can't believe you people get fooled by this 'symbolism' without taking the movies ENTIRE nerrative into consideration-

    But okey fine, if you want to go this route, lifted from another video comment : "if men are desposable in nature, what makes you think that the art shouldn't reflect this" , Its only by emotions one gets the conclusions in the video here, if one goes by reality, one comes to the conclusion of disposability, if one goes by the movies own logic, and actually reflects on whats there rather then just whats around the movie, in terms of history, current politics ect. One understands that its about bridging this devide. Sure its by afriming change, but so have the conservatives doen for ages now. No longer does conservative mean to actually conserve something, but rather to let it change slowly. Every logical person sees time as the only constant. Rather then some platonic ideas about symbols, and their supposed 'eternal' meaning.

    Get with the times, or live in the past, i for one liked the movies attempt to bridge the devide.. but i guess nothing that isn't 100% traditional will stick for the right, and nothing that isn't 100% 'degenerate' will stick with the left. So they are bound to get butthurt and emotional, rather then look at the facts.
    A movies most important message is what it actually shows. Everything else is a form of post-modern analysis, where one looks at shadows on the wall and attempts to decrypt them. "no you see psychology is a real science, and symbolism has a consistant and testable methodoloy" sure, might aswell be speaking of the freudian symbolism.. Oh he allready does that.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm
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    1:26 six point star satanic symbol .

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  • October 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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    In the micronesian,polynesian ,and other pacific groups of islands it is very common to have matriarchal societies such as guam and palau . So historically that would be a reason why moana is depicted as the next cheif without explaination.

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  • October 11, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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    Out of all the Disney movies out there this one was the best as far as balancing out what is happening. It made me cry we have destroyed this Earth it needs to be born again the only way anything can be born is through a vessel. Women are vessels we are wormholes we are the carriers period of the seed. A seed to a new balanced Earth. And you forget in the beginning it was all matriarchal societies

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  • October 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm
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    💓

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  • October 13, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    you blow my mind every time I watch a new video from you!

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  • October 14, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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    whatever happens happens no amount of propaganda can change that

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  • October 15, 2018 at 8:55 am
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    Carving? As in, wood carving?

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  • October 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm
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    I always wondered why they chose a rooster. I also wondered why all the females in my family like the movie so much. It speaks to thier brainwashed subconscious minds. Even my toddler niece loves this movie. I knew there was something about it that fancies the female psyche, I just never could put my finger on it. But by Geroge you pointed it out for me.

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  • October 15, 2018 at 7:02 pm
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    I wonder what this guy thinks of Miyazaki movies.

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  • October 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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    Wow this movie is so disgusting I never knew that, I never seen this bag of shit but i am very thankful for this vid!!!!!

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  • October 16, 2018 at 10:27 am
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    Another thing worth mentioning is the jewish symbolism in this movie. The obvious sea splitting scene referrring to mozes but also the fact that moana learns navigation from maui and then spreads his teachings to the rest of her people so they can explore the seas

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  • October 17, 2018 at 10:46 am
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    Is this guy a shill or just stupid? Clearly moana shows lots of truth no feminism bs how the world came to be what was nent go be how it got distorted and how it can be fixed.
    Also lits of flat earth symbolism. Way better review on odd TVd channel.
    This huys chi right y he try to pretend he's not?

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  • October 17, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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    Well said, but it's rather conspicuous that you didn't mention how Maoi teaches Moana to sail a boat which is how she gets past the lava monster instead of dying. Granted, that doesn't mean your other points are bunk, far from it, I just wish you had mentioned it.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    Do you have a take on how to encourage females to be more feminine in todays world? I am male myself and I am not in favor of most of what the feminist movement has done lately, but I can also understand that there is not a lot of ways to glory as a woman nowadays, except if you are okay with (and fit for) exposing your body and just "looking good".

    My thoughts on this are, that men are attractive to women if they do great things. That is what women select them for, so men have evolved to do more and better, which is why they are so productive, especially in their twenties. The story is a little different for women, I think. They are not as selected by men as men are selected by women, because there were always enough men to mate with. One man could distribute his genetic material way further than one woman could, so the best men, by the womens definition, got most in the gene pool. But of course, men still select women aswell. But they are not going for a woman who does great things (in a sense of defending from a predator or building a new house), but for a woman who is likely to have healthy offspring. So they go for markers of physical and mental health and that is btw how I would explain why women are healthier on average, even though they go through producing 2-6 more humans in their life (which is something which cant get enough credit, and is rarely getting ANY nowadays… a shame for an organism). Women are simply not the ones who have evolved to do stuff, they were responsible for sustaining the life and well being in a society, which unfortunately does not get as much attention as dragging a moose home or winning a nobel prize or earning a lot of money, because what women do is happening gradually and is often taken for granted. I think this is where we went wrong, and it is what has always led men to disrespect women. Men are not good at sustaining a healthy society, that is what women are good at. But when everything is just fine, you dont notice it. We should really encourage women to be healthy, to educate, to fight for sustainable economy and to raise wonderful children who are healthy and happy and are ready to face the world and manifest love and righteousness in it. Not show them that they should beat males at the game and envy them for their strengths. I bet every women has a lot of things to say about what women can do better than men, and that is what they should refine and develop.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 10:36 pm
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    Doctor Who was never an example of masculinity. Besides the fact that he was an alien, he never used violence as a standard masculine answer to everything. As for Ghostbusters, it's a failed attempt to make a sequel that is trying to exploit modern societal changes. It's a sequel problem, not a "replacing masculinity" problem

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  • October 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    Ok man you have One follower more now

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  • October 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm
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    pau no seu cu

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  • October 24, 2018 at 3:21 am
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    Do Frozen. Why is the prince trying to rescue the princess
    secretly evil, and trying to harm/imprison her, now? Why is the obedient
    submissive male the only good one? I already have some ideas, but I'm sure there's
    more there.

     Also Tangled, which I like a lot more, has symbolism worth
    looking at. A devouring mother archetype comes to mind.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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    Cultural marxism

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  • October 27, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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    11:35 lol vagina shell

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  • November 13, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    As the mother of an extremely athletic and energetic daughter, I really appreciate having a role model like Moana to point to.

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  • November 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm
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    I saw Maui and Moana as a very effective male/female team. They have very different roles and power levels, yet neither could have succeeded alone.

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  • November 17, 2018 at 4:13 am
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    Tafiti wanted a damn nap after creating everything… that's the true moral of the story.. try being a mama n you'll know wat I mean.

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  • November 18, 2018 at 12:42 am
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    Nice to see such an intelligent analysis on YT.

    Whalerider is very similar.

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  • November 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    Somebody scared to say vagina??? Cuz that's Originally where life comes from? Why decode just to demonize and spread confusion "seemingly"…"appears to be"…"what looks like" lol as if restoring nature which patriarchy (gay) has destroyed through selfish jealousy and neglect all life comes from water the womb check the placenta orrrrrr continue perpetuating the false narrative that a trans goat god pulled a breasted woman out of a man's penis no logic there smh…also the rooster like most animals is a symbol of fertility chosen over the pig(domesticated sow from patriarchal farmers) to take the journey due to it's connection to the reptile/serpent. No mention of the Polynesian origins due to fear of admitting a peoples have been stunted due to denying their culture ROOTS…travelling is bad?

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  • November 27, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    In some universities today, these videos could land faculty who show them in front of inquisition panels. I challenge a brave teaching assistant or professor to show one of these incredible videos in class. You'd probably "trigger" some students by presenting "problematic" messages.

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  • November 27, 2018 at 4:23 am
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    Hollywood doesn't love equality and empowerment. It loves cultural inversion for its own sake, and in this era, that inversion takes the form of misandry. It's resentful, and purely driven by false narrative of "male oppression". Hollywood will ALWAYS have as its general aim the upending of that which is reasonable and timeless in culture, because entertainment, when run as a business (not a charity), is IN business to provide us with that which is borderline taboo to our shared sensibilities; images, stories, and content which appeal to our lowest and basest instincts, but just decent enough to not be rejected en masse by the greater culture. Hollywood makes a business out of pushing the envelope and eroding decency. But what is happening more and more is that, taking cues from postmodern radical neomarxist theory, Hollywood usurps and mocks the decent while masquerading as "progressive". It's the ultimate trickery – and we line their pockets at every theatrical release.

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  • December 2, 2018 at 2:42 am
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    I've never seen this movie. WTF bro! That shell was a literal, fucking, vagina! Unbelievable

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  • December 7, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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    Damn awesome analysis of the symbolism and the artists working on this movie did a really great job in representing all of these ideas, Disney never fails to achieve great symbolism.

    If you think the symbolism in this movie is wrong and a type of brainwashing, maybe you should look deep down into yourself and realize all the brain washing Abrahamic religions has done to you and society. The bible is a huge brainwashing tool to give identity to men yet no identity whats so ever to women. just look at Islamic religion, is just a consequence of the deranged symbolism that is in these biblical texts.

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  • December 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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    I'm so glad I watched. Your videos are treasures. Thank you.

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  • December 18, 2018 at 4:33 pm
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    He takes his "seed" away from the feminine, and instead chokes the chicken and plays with his technology, and the feminine dies.
    Once the seed is replaced, and the vagina shell is placed on top of the shiva lingam like stone pillar (inverting the world), where it belongs, both together, a new world order with women on top is established, and the masculine is like a man-child getting his toy (technology) from the mother.
    Sad….

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  • December 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    Why not see the unbalance of the movie not as a mistake but as a “dream” trying to sort out the kind of problem we have today.

    The Male Spirit not only gave them civilization but also, in his search for power made the very beneficial aspect of nature into a monster, causing a slow poisoning of the cosmos itself, locking people in the very islands he created.

    The ideia of a female hero here comes as an alternative. Moana is not strong or has a magical hook, she is not a female holding male power but conquering her enemies with intelligence e humility. O other words, her power is Vision, and Vision is traditionally female.

    The very fact that she is a female leader, something that breaks the normal classes, is one of the marks of the Seer and the Prophet. The shell in the end of the movie can also be seen as a recognition of the futility of a “babel tower” since those stones cannot reach to heaven, but the shell can receives heaven, it is the eye in the top of the pyramid (shaped like a Cteis).

    Well, the very movie can be seen as a scape from the Babel build by the male character.
    Moana is closer to Odysseus, the one that survived the Trojan war not because of his super-powers but thought vision and creativity.

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  • December 25, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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    Oh my goodness! You went to Vancouver to see the Peterson talk? That was a great one. Great job with the symbolism in this movie. I loved Moana. It was very clearly using the female imagery, but I thought it did so in a good way. Moana's island is set up to meet destruction because of the rigidity of the old ways. The movie conjures up imagery of climate catastrophe and an social order dominated by tradition. Moana breaks from tradition to find the masculine and set the world straight. Interestingly, the boastful and masculine Maui really just wants to be loved, and reveals a softer heart, represented by his tattoos, representative of his emotions who have a life of their own, and are repeatedly left unacknowledged or muted by Maui himself. It was only when Maui refused to deliver the heart that Moana first gave up, but then rose to call to responsibility to deliver the heart back herself. She could do so after learning sailing from Maui (sailing, representative for education and the traditionally masculine work, which Moana wasn't allowed in the village), and with his help when he decided to come back, after embracing his own conscience, which is symbolically feminine. You also ignored all the ways in which Maui does help Moana, like when he straightens up the toppled boat, saves her and the chicken repeatedly, fights, teaches, holds knowledge… he is the driving force representing skill, confidence, knowledge and power, which Moana all lacks. So, Maui embraces his feminine, Moana embraces her masculine, they sail the sea and find Earth God. Both the Earth and the sea are feminine archetypes – merciful and giving, chaotic and transforming. There is symbolism of the clash between technology and nature, where the conflict is resolved not by fighting it, but by sacrificing the heart, representing the power of creation that humans tried to seize, back to the Earth. All of this wasn't part of your commentary, but I consider it important to point out. Moana isn't simply about replacing the masculine, but about accepting the counter-part nature within you, and literally making peace with the Earth.

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  • January 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    WORK on your speach dude you sound biased, your role here is not to teach
    but to present the facts the audience will decide what to choose for themselves
    you wil not save this pathetic world by saying what is right!

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  • January 8, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    FEMENIN BULSHIT WILL DESTROY THIS PATHETIC WORLD

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  • January 13, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Heart chakra movie here’s another breakdown https://youtu.be/6kixnGGsxlo

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  • January 19, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    Gosh you're hot❣️just subscribed

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  • January 21, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    Gender is a social construct.

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  • January 28, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    Nah dude. You’re way overthinking it. Also, you seem to be really hating on women? I know that’s not your intention, but sometimes it’s better to take a break from loathing feminists and just enjoy a movie for what it is. As an Orthodox Christian, I believe we should come from a place of understanding. As a women, I would kindly ask that you allow all to enjoy a genuinely good movie without incurring a greater divide between the sexes than already is. Thank you! 🙂 (but seriously, as mentioned in a few other comments, Moana is a feminine character whose mission isn’t to de-masculate her partner. Rather I think together they lean on one another, Maui teaching her how to sail and Moana showing Maui the support he needs to help her achieve their ultimate goal. To put the heart back into a “woman scorned”)

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  • February 2, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    And now I do not care for this movie. Wow.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    This makes me angry of the Western society and the media!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I disagree with your analysis.

    Moana places the shell on the top of the *that particular pile of rocks*, demonstrating that one particular way of thinking has died. It needed to die, because it was doing the wrong thing (as seen by the brilliant scene at the end when Maui fights the lava-demon).

    After the heart is returned, though, Maui gets his hook back. It's time to start building again, based on the new paradigm. Likewise, the people become sailors again, which is the appropriate thing to do, given that half the stuff on the island is dead. The female has to be the one to kill the masculine – the male can't do it himself. The last stone has to be female. You have to return to the mother.

    It's a story about individuation.

    I'm afraid to say, I think you're seeing anti-masculine propaganda where it isn't.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    How much of this would you say is consciously created by Disney. Are they deliberately setting up scenes with the chicken getting “choked” in order to push an anti male point or is it all unraveling subconsciously? I agree with the overall analysis but I wonder about seemingly trivial things like this.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    When the video started I thought it was Edward Norton talking hahaha

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  • February 24, 2019 at 9:31 am
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    I don't think Moana is overly feminist, if a dude did what she did, no-one would care really, people only care that she's a "Mary sue" because she's a woman. She's doing what lots of men in movies do.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    More….More of this!

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  • March 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    Dear Jonathan, great analysis! Do you think this symbolism is purposeful on the part of the creators of the movie? Or is it rather an unintentional revelation of where the radical feminist ideology is leading?
    Thanks!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    As a naturally feminine woman, I feel like my qualities have been vilified for my whole life.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    I agree with your take that this movie wallows around in the modern feminist meme about woman's dominance over men, but I don't think the overall theme actually suffers that much since it tells a tale of masculinity becoming corrupt through hubris and self-centeredness and being reoriented toward the truth though communion with the feminine. That's why I don't see the statue scene as an outright rejection of masculinity altogether, in context I see it as a symbol of using what the masculine created to move forward into the future to escape the prison he sealed himself in (the island) and reunite with him, while simultaneously destroying his masturbatory ego to do so. He's fittingly being tamed by a woman. I'm reminded of a quote from JP that went something like "men tame nature, women tame men." This is a very real part of the human story even if it's an incomplete vision and woefully overrepresented in our culture.

    I just wish that when Maui finally learned his lesson by the end of the film, he and Moana would've replaced the heart together to cement the reunion and complete his story arc. Helping get her there wasn't enough and is where the narrative falls apart for me because it opens the door to future dominance of the feminine over the masculine which will bring with it new dysfunction.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    They're trying to give men a bad rap, because if every feminine person picked up on this, they'll think that we don't need men to survive when we obviously do. Same with all the gay community pushing their agenda on kids TV, I swear, every kid show has a gay character now and days.

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  • April 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    These people are androgenous satanic freaks. You left out the pedo symbolism, Pandora's box connection ect. Good job though.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    Great video, sharp. However I must disagree for the most part. (Mostly because I do not concur with your ideological views)

    The movie has many other complexities that cannot be commented so shortly. In a way, I think Moana is about a reinvigorating soul that is fighting a society found in a dark age of decay, the inhabitants of the Island find themselves in a Dark Age. They used to be wayfarers and now they are a weak society that can't even produce technology to advance through the reef for fishing. Moana is seen as an enthusiastic young lady that is up to bring new perspectives. Through the beginning of the movie we identify the character with the flower symbol, this is because Moana is the one that carries the necessary fertility to sprout the future.
    One of the interesting aspects is shown in the beginning, when the creation myth is told and Moana seem to be the only character excited about the story, as much as she seems to be the only "true believer" carrying the traditions passed by her grandmother.
    The figure of the grandmother is interesting because the matriarchs are the ones that usually passes stories and traditions to younger generations, this is the role of a grandmother.

    So, Moana is the only true believer daring enough to enterprise in a solution for the decaying society. So she carries this heartstone, that as yourself suggested, looks like a seed, and goes through an adventure to find the male counterpart that will help her to bring forward this society.
    When she meets Maui, we find this figure of a very immature young man nothing alike the stories, Maui is narcissistic, irresponsible and all he wants is as a manchild. So Moana comes and delivers him this responsibility, in a way, the one who is going through a Hero's Journey is not Moana, it is Maui. Moana always had her heroic inclination, but Maui was rather the journey-denying hero.
    It is true that he does nothing to help her, but Moana is far from being a female warrior. When they explore the lair of the crab, she is threatened by many monsters, and instead of fighting them, she is saved by luck (a bigger plant eat the plant that was going to eat her, a geyser jets a monster out of her way etc). So she works as a distraction for Maui to try to steal his Hook (and later Maui does the same distracting Te Ka).
    When she places the heart, I think it wasn't supposed to represent conception, but the changes that Moana herself was going through, it is not the island but Moana that is going through a transformation, she is concluding her puberty, she is now a woman and not just a child.

    My only criticism is that, in the end, instead of accepting the role to become a leader, Maui decides to use his hook for live his own path (which could also be seen as going forth with his irresponsible manchild lifestyle) and legate this task to Moana as she now is a "master wayfarer".
    The end, when Moana comes back and places the "suggestive" shell on the top doesn't mean that she is impeding growth, just the opposite, by the size of that pile of rocks we can guess that this tradition is not so ancient, it was a landmark for that period where those cheftains were unable/unwilling to sail out of the island. Therefore, her very feminine shell represents a dawn of a new era and not necessarily the substitution of the masculine.
    Moana was the only true believer, and now, as a village elder, she will be passing traditions just like her grandmother did. These traditions long lost, these beliefs that were only in the imagination of the "village crazy lady" will be restored as cornerstones of that society.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    Is it ever explicitly stated in the movie that all the previous chiefs were men? Why make that assumption?

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  • April 29, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    One of the creepy things about movies is that for many decades they have used women actors who look more like boys and they also do plots that would make more sense if the lead couple were two homosexuals, so I have read, but I don't go to movies anymore.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Very deep!

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  • June 15, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    Lovely Analysis Of Symbolism! From 1 INFP To Another

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  • July 14, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    You're close yet so far away by your interpretation. Keep digging.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Brilliant. They threw up the pink shell at the end as emphasis for those who had missed the message of female supremacy sprinkled throughout.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    Halfway through watching the film "Moana" I, a woman, remember thinking how I preferred the Hero's Journey in "Kubo and the Two Strings" or "Coco" .

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    I thought it was an interesting take on the movie until you started seeing vaginas everywhere lol…

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    I HATE MOANA. She's not my disney princess even they put her as a princess.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Hey Jonathan,
    I so love your videos…very enlightening.
    My unworthy 2 cents ☺:
    The Divine Feminine was all but destroyed in societies for centuries & it seems the perfect time (or perfect storm), to bring Her back into the mainstream via movies & other media.
    I'm not saying I agree with it…just an observation.
    I love manly men & cringe whenever I see a man being belittled in any form.
    Their is a prophecy that the 2nd coming will be the Sacred Feminine (Power & Glory/Holy of Holies) & Messiah Ben David (Benjamin) will be the High Priest of the 3rd Temple.
    The Divine Masculine & Feminine finally becoming One & that The Bride of Christ is The Divine Feminine, not the church…it really ticks church goers off to even say such things though😬
    I'm far from being a religious zealot…I just follow messages in movies, astronomy, in-depth research into ancient scriptures & myths…things are being revealed to me everyday.
    There came a point when I had to accept the fact that too many coincidences cannot possibly be coincidences.
    Almost impossible to wrap my head around.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Susan
    P.S.
    May I send you some info via email ?
    I'd like your analysis on something.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    that same. damn. smirk

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:06 am
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    Great observations and analysis of the obvious and sublime symbolisms. 👍🏾

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  • August 22, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    A video on the sybolism in Frozen would be great.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    Adventure Time did it too

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  • August 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    What's nauseating isn't the blatant and overt "man hating" littered throughout the movie, it is the lack of public outcry against this toxic form of prejudice, this notion of male disposability, this desire for women to be able to control, belittle, and even humiliate men, and the idea that achieving this "utopia" this would be a good thing. The sense that male enslavement (the feminization of men) would be justified, because men have "enslaved women" for all human history, and now it's time for women to get some payback. The wide spread acceptance of this insane narrative that men ran society into the ground, and it is now necessary for women to get us out of this mess of a world is simply crazy. It is a refusal to think critically fueled by a desire for something to be true.

    This isn't story telling. This is misandrous emotional pornography. This isn't some minor movie produced for a fringe population, this is a major production geared towards children. It is actually sickening.

    Mothers, is this the future you want for your sons?

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  • August 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    A great insight into the feminist infested mainstream cinema . I have not gone to the cinema in years and longer have a television. This pc preaching has been alive and well since the late 70s.
    These pathetically pc offerings are ripe for one thing only – merciless parody and satire…some brave film maker will make a fortune..

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  • August 29, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    Mind blown 🤯😉 thanks!!

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  • August 31, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Excellent analysis. It is interesting, however, that you apparently find someone like Jordan Peterson to be, perhaps, a 'kindred spirit'. At least, your popularity is akin to his. Post hoc 'analysis' is the balm of the anxious psyche. In this case, that of all the men who sense the loss of their essential identity/spirit. But what is the way forward, my friend? Peterson would have us tidy our rooms and pull up our socks. What is your answer?

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  • September 2, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    Brilliant analysis – thank you for your work.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    Love you great stuff

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  • September 6, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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    Wow this was super cool, it captivated the interest of everyone in the room I was in.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Can someone name a film with a positive view of the genuine femenine?

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  • September 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    OR you could have just said "It's sooo GAY !" QUEER TO THE BONE ~ Disney is full of twisted sex freaks and have been twisting the minds of the young for as long as I've been alive. At a VERY early age I noticed the feminine flames dancing pornagraphicly in Fantasia… many modern examples of such conditioning too.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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    GREAT BREAKDOWN

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  • September 10, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    This movie is sexist, but look in the bible in Judges 4 in that biblical historical event you see the masculine and the feminine working together. Deborah was a Judge in Israel and she still get Barack do his thing and a woman kills the enemy general in his sleep, so both the masculine and feminine where complimenting eachother!

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  • September 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    Man is this kinda frightening…

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  • September 11, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    This was deep and powerful.

    I always thought the same thing about the shell thing on top of the stones. She made it so that no future Chiefs can never set anything on top of that. Not to mention it's a huge insult of Polynesian culture to even imply that a female would be a chief ever. There's no reason for her to be a chief. Are you telling me her father had no Sons? Even if he had no Sons, the chief would be whoever she married not her. Or the son of a close relative like a cousin or something.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    I just saw the 4th Toy Story installment… it had some interesting interplay between the masculine trading off to the feminine. The 'villain' – a talking toy whose voice box doesn't work (and who surrounds herself with ventriloquist dummies) – turns out to not be a villain at all. Kind of like the main 'villain' in Moana.

    I would love to see your interpretation of that movie!!!

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    'those that are doing this think they are doing women a service' ha your wrong there or at least if your right its not everyone who thinks this because this is done by design by evil luciferian sorcerors and the demonic interdimensional alien entities they work with/for. They want to invert and corrupt everything…to feed on our life force, keep us weak and suffering.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Damn you for your observations. Damn you for accurately interpreting how this movie entertained, yet suddenly disturb me.

    I have just now subscribed to your channel… And I will recommend it to anyone with an open and curious mind.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    on point

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    this is an attempt to reduce the masculine figure. you can actually remove Maui and the movie will still stand. the fact that Maui is a god who provides everything for humanity illustrate the idea of men who have built the civilised world with its technology. Maui is depicted as a destroyer of life, a coward who is not willing to repair his own mistakes. im sorry but i dont agree with this idea.

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  • September 21, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    Let no woman above you to trample upon your dignity.
    One man in a thousand , of women not a one.
    There is no greater then that of a women.
    You women who sit by the city gate whose anklets ring wirh each step and hold power, each of you will turn to a man and say, But give us your name and erase our shame. We will supply our oun food.
    But the young men will fall in battle and the maidens go unmarried.
    Books of wisdom. The Bible.

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