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Funny, California, and Heart: Someone return the Heart of Te Fiti back to California, please via /r/funny https://ift.tt/2B4h57E

Someone return the Heart of Te Fiti back to California, please via /r/funny https://ift.tt/2B4h57E

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California, Heart, and Back: Someone return the Heart of Te Fiti back to California, please

Someone return the Heart of Te Fiti back to California, please

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Beautiful, Fire, and Girls: microcosmicqueen: rosymamacita: i-want-cheese: awkwardblacknerd: I still think Moana deserved an Oscar for this part To me, the moral of Moana is that only women can help other women heal from male violence.  The movie starts with the idea that the male god who wronged Te Fiti must be the one to heal her. This seems to make a certain sort of intuitive sense in that I think we all believe that if you do something wrong you should try to make it right. But how does he try to right it? Through more violence. Of course that failed.  It was only when another woman, Moana, saw past the “demon of earth and fire” that the traumatized Te Fiti had become (what a good metaphor for trauma, right?) and met her with love instead of violence that she was able to heal. Note that they do the forehead press before Moana restores the heart, while Te Fiti is still Te Kā. Moana doesn’t wait for her beautiful island goddess to appear in all her green splendor before greeting and treating her as someone deserving of love. Moana is only able to restore the heart because Te Kā reveals her vulnerability and allows Moana to touch her there. Maui and his male violence could only ever have resulted in more ruin. Also important that it was the GIRL who returned the heart to Te Fiti. She wasn’t a woman. She was a GIRL. The innocence and strength of GIRLS before the world turns them hard and steals their hearts is a power in its own right. If this is a metaphor for abuse and healing, it’s the woman who gets back in touch with her own youthful power, her potential, her hope, who finds peace and recovery. If we imagine this as Te Ka’s story, it is remembering her youthful strength that returns her heart and lets her become herself again. I have cried every time I see this scene of the movie (I have a 5 year old sister, I’ve seen Moana dozens of times lol) and I was never really able to articulate why it just gets to me so much and this is exactly why.
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