Male fairies enter Pixie Hollow

pixiehollow.jpg Attention Disney fans! You may now create male fairies in Pixie Hollow, the online gaming/social networking site hitherto occupied only by Tinkerbell and female cronies. I went to sign up to check it out, but am apparently already an 'existing fairy!' Nope, no recollection at all! Here's Salon on how the kids forced the company's hand:
Children are pretty resourceful little gender warriors. The open secret around the Hollow has long been that if you make your fairy tall, with short hair, and give her an ambiguous name like Jamie, she can pretty quickly establish a reputation as a he. Hey, Mom and Dad, we've got your rigid gender roles right here.
Nonetheless, Disney appears to have taken some measures to prevent the most obviously interesting forms of thoughtcrime. For example, male fairies aren't called fairies, but "Sparrow Men."


  1. Detestable

    OK, not very good, spur of the moment thing. I call upon you all to do better!

    1. Disney’s “detestable” and “idiotic” for letting boys play fairies in their online game? Uh, okay. That’s bad how?

      1. I really doubt that many boys are playing a Tinkerbell themed game. Peter Pan? Sure. He fights pirates. Tinkerbell? Probably not. Those that do are probably already being called “Sparrow Men.”

      2. No, for a) making them all girls in the first place, and b) not letting the boy fairies be called fairies.

    2. How about:

      Images of
      Exhibited by

      or, to address the replacement of charming originals such as Winnie the Pooh or Alice in Wonderland with uninspired Technicolor versions:

      Interest in
      Engineered by

  2. As much as I appreciate hot, little dudes with wings, fairies and pixies are different species. Can’t Disney afford even one taxonomist?

  3. Okay, I’m glad the powers that be at Mauschwitz deigned to allow kids to create male fairy avatars. But they should be called fairies, dammit!

  4. My 5 yo daughter loves Tinkerbell so we bought her a Disney movie (can’t remember the name) but it had male fairies in it. so… wtf?

  5. If there are only female fairies, how do they … um … ?

    “Wings? Of course you don’t have wings. You’re a boy.”

  6. why would faeries of either sex live in Pixie Hollow? Shouldn’t they all properly be called pixies?

  7. Antinous, maybe it’s named “Pixie Hollow” the way so many streets in London are named after vanquished foreign nations and tribes.

    1. I’ve moved so far into the radical Pixy camp that I just start grinding my teeth when I see one of those little fairy fuckers in the garden.

  8. Reminds me of Chip Morningstar’s description of the original Disney safechat theory — whole words only.

    So they sat a 13-year-old boy in front of it, and he came up with “I want to put my long-necked giraffe up your fluffy white bunny.”

    In the end, they settled on an extremely limited number of whole sentences, and no movable objects to prevent BlockChat.

    They have since loosened up, if the DS Disney chat is any indication.

    Makes one wonder what the point of this ‘pink ghetto’ was in the first place.

  9. The pixies are kept in underground caverns now. They harvest vegetables from farmers’ gardens from beneath, and run the mills that make the fairies’ little green outfits.

    Morlocks to the fairie Eloi.

    They’ve even turned gray.

    Someday, there will be a reckoning.

  10. Funny. Disney World would have to shut down if they fired their gay employees, but for some reason they insist on humoring redneck throwbacks.

  11. hmmmm… Sparrowmen eh….

    I know how to make it less ambiguous. I want to name one John…. John Sparrowman……

  12. Reminds me of the mini-flap that occurred on Second Life when people started making kid-sized avatars. Clearly they were all pervs, right?

  13. Disney World has special gay events, has had for years. Besides anti-gay policies being wrong and mean, this is actually cutting your possible purchasing base in half. It makes no economic sense and Disney is all about the Benjamins. Hell, Barbie has Ken.

  14. One would think Disney Corp. would be better informed by literature:

    BOTTOM: Where’s Peaseblossom?
    BOTTOM: Scratch my head, Peaseblossom. Where’s Monsieur Cobweb?
    COBWEB: Ready.
    BOTTOM: Monsieur Cobweb, good monsieur, get your weapons in hand and kill me a red-hipped humble-bee on the top of a thistle; and, good monsieur, bring me the honeybag. Do not fret yourself too much in the action, monsieur, and, good monsieur, have a care the honeybag break not. I would be loathe to have you overflowen with a honeybag, signor. Where’s Monsieur Mustardseed?
    BOTTOM: Give me your neaf, Monsieur Mustardseed. Pray you, leave your courtesy, good monsieur.
    MUSTARDSEED: What’s your will?
    BOTTOM: Nothing, good Monsieur, but to help Cavaliery Peaseblossom to scratch. I must to the barber’s, monsieur, for methinks I am marvellous hairy about the face; and I am such a tender ass, if my hair do but tickle me I must scratch.

    Note that Titania is the only named female fairy in the play (c.f. Snow White and the dwarves…)

  15. Clearly the big headline was missed here. “Disney No longer Forces Boys to Cross-Dress in Pixie Hollow”.

  16. Great, now boys can join in as Disney lobotomises a generation with tired gender roles and vapid aspirations. They should call the site “Hollow Fairies”.

    I want to bite metal every time I see a car with a “Princess on Board” suction-cup sign in the back window. What definition of a princess are we working with here? Someone privileged, pointless, and brainless, whose only concern is with her appearance and sells herself into marital slavery to the best comer? Yeah, great model for parenting your child.

    And fairies… I don’t even know what the f* they get out of the deal. Peter Pan treated Tinkerbell like a magical Kleenex — unless, of course, the endless straight-to-DVD exhumations of the story advanced her role.

    You’re not a fecking princess, darling, you’re a little girl from the suburbs. There can be beauty and wonder in that, but not while you’re fixated on princesses.

    Demeaning our reality is a great way to sell us empty alternatives, and Disney’s great at that. Pixar, by contrast, is in the business of telling stories whose themes are at least useful and relevant to real people.

    1. Hamish – I agree that the Tinkerbell portrayed in Peter Pan is downright demeaning to women, but then again the whole film was just gigantically offensive (the Indian scenes, anyone?).

      FWIW, at least the first straight-to-DVD Tinkerbell movie had a very positive theme, and Tinkerbell herself provided a very good role model. It’s one of the very, very few Disney movies I actually allow my 2 girls to watch.

      – j.

  17. You can also do the opposite! Make a small sparrow-dude with long hair and an ambiguous name(say Ashley), and you’ve got a girl wearing trousers.

  18. On another note, Disney anti-intellectualism in children’s programming is somewhat disturbing. Every kid on every one of the shows is a complete dunce that cares only about clothes, partying and members of the opposite sex, while noticeably failing at all academic activities.

    Parents, make your kids watch Nick toons. Avatar and iCarly are about smart kids that work hard to accomplish their various goals. Good stuff.

  19. There’s a Pixie Hollow story that comes from the book series. Sparrow Men weren’t invented randomly for the game, they’re part of the story that the game is based on. I’m surprised none of the reporting mentions this.

  20. We love fairies at our house. They live in the back garden and can sometimes be seen from the windows near dusk or dawn.
    My son signed up to play this game early in its existance in January 2009. It was the first online game he was ever interested in. He’s read Disney’s new Tinkerbell book series and loves the movie. Both of which are sweet and engaging and fit well enough into his and his sister’s fairy reveries.

    He wrote this email on Jan 26, 2009:

    I am a six year old boy, and I was very
    disappointed that there are no sparrowmen, or fast-flying fairies here
    in Pixie Hallow. Please add them so that we boys don’t feel left out!

    Thank You Very Much,
    age 6

    It was probably his first email and certainly the longest thing he’d ever written, but it was important to him. His disappointment was palpable. We received this reply from Disney the next day:

    Hello Eamon,
    Boy Fairies have not made their way to the Create-a-Fairy page yet, but
    we are adding new features to Pixie Hollow all the time! You can stay up
    to date with all of the latest information about the Hollow in the Never
    Fly with you!
    Pixie Hollow Member Services

    That’s not much, but their must have been other boys.

    Now Star Wars and superheroes are more central than fairies for both kids.

    I can’t wait to tell Eamon tonight, but I’m not sure it will bring him back to the game or make fairies central again. There’s only so long that a boy will let fairies into his imaginings when there are abundant clues that a boy shouldn’t.

    I appreciate that they’re now more welcoming to boys like my own.

  21. We recently came back from a trip to Disney World. You can have you picture taken with a few of the fairies. My daughter had one taken with a fairy named Terrence. Yep, a boy. Even my daughter was confused. My son didn’t want to have anything to do with fairies, male or not. From what I saw, there were no other boys in the 45 minute line, either.

  22. Delight
    Stubbornly by

    …After all, it’s the “Happiest Place on Earth”(tm)!

  23. Cheers to a step forward. It may seem insignificant but each step is important. “You can’t stop the beat.”

  24. its funny cause some fairies on pixie hollow pretend to be a boy and there a girl lol!! i think that pixie hollow is pretty good website thank you to who made it!

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