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What Sailor Moon Lacks for Women in 2014

silvermoon424:

poppypicklesticks:

Some people really need to stop overanalysing children’s cartoons to find things to be offended about. Especially if they can’t let go of their Murrica-centric view of the world. Japan is not America, blonde hair does not have the same connotations with femininity. Not to mention the blonde hair was a mere design choice: Usagi’s hair was originally going to be silvery or white (to go with moonlight) when she transformed (or in both forms) but her editor told her blonde hair would look more visually striking. As for sexualisation: too bad. Lots of straight women artists love to draw pretty girls in skimpy outfits, look at the artwork of CLAMP. Look at Naoko Takeuchi’s artwork and manga: she has artwork of all the Senshi in lingerie and swimwear, Usagi with no bra on, Usagi in bed with her boyfriend. And of course the villains like Berthier and Aluminum Siren, who go into battle in lingerie. Feminists who whine about female artists who genuinely love drawing pretty girls in skimpy outfits remind me of Principal Skinner shouting “NO NO NO THE CURVACEOUS FEMALE FORM HAS NO PLACE IN ART!” Again, why shouldn’t Usagi’s ultimate dream to marry and have kids? What’s wrong with that? I am so sick of feminists ranting about women’s choices… but much of it seems to boil down to “women have the right to choose… but only if they choose what i choose for them to choose. Women cannot make choices I personally do not approve of.” Really the author of this article has no business being as smug as she does because of her ignorance of Japanese culture and the actual show is enough to cover several devil’s food cakes.

WOW

THIS ARTICLE IS NOT OKAY AT ALL FUCKING WOW

According to the author, Usagi wanting to get married, have children, and live happily ever after surrounded by love is an example of “patriarchal dreams” and is apparently shameful. I already wrote a post on why it isn’t okay for “feminists” to bash choices like this so I’ll move on. Actually, no, I’ll say it again: Feminism is about a woman’s right to choose and to lead her own life. If she wants to become a wife and mother, so be it.

really have to question the author’s familiarity with the show because all she’s doing is passing judgement on surface appearances. For the billionth time, Usagi isn’t a helpless little flower who always needs Tuxedo Mask to save her. If she runs into trouble, Tuxedo Mask distracts the enemy so Sailor Moon has a chance to regroup and finish off the foe by herself. In fact, in the original anime, Tuxedo Mask NEVER finished off anyone by himself.

And “male superiority?” Are you for real, OP? Sailor Moon has to be one of the most pro-woman shows ever. And most importantly, it manages to be pro-woman without becoming anti-man. The supporting male characters in Sailor Moon are shown to be wonderful people, just like the main female characters are. Sailor Moon teaches that women aren’t better than men and men aren’t better than women. We’re all pretty great.

And, as for the whole “OMG HOW DARE TEENAGE GIRLS WANT TO FIND A BEAU!!!’ thing, I find that really offensive because guess what, a lot of young girls DO dream of romance and want to find someone to be intimate with. There’s nothing shameful or wrong about wanting to find love. And, as I’ve pointed out before, it’s not like the Senshi are all “I’m just going to sit and wait for a man to get me!” Oh, hell no. These girls want a knight in shining armor and they’re going to go out and MAKE sure that it happens. They’re not content with waiting around, they want to take matters into their own hands. How is that a bad message for girls?

Also, “Give Usagi some agency and confidence besides her magical powers. And stop making her seem like a girlchild.” I really feel like this author only watched the first few episodes of SM or only read a few chapters because hello, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Usagi starts off as a crybaby and a klutz but eventually grows into a confident, capable, brave, and beautiful young lady who isn’t afraid to give up her life if that’s what it means to keep the world (and later, the whole universe) and her loved ones safe. The series is about Usagi (not to mention the rest of the girls) growing up, maturing from teenagers to young adults. 

Aside from Usagi, the other girls are wonderful role models. Ami wants to be a doctor and puts great importance on diligence and study. Mako shows us that it’s completely okay to be both masculine and feminine, and she wants to start her own business by opening up a floral/bakery shop. Minako is the badass and capable leader of the Senshi who wants to become a world-famous idol. Rei has more dreams than she knows what to do with and is hellbent on living a successful and fulfilling life. The Outer Senshi are wonderful role models too, but this is already super long so I’ll stop with the Inner girls.

I’m just really upset at how some people downplay how important and empowering Sailor Moon is just because it doesn’t fit into their standards of what an important and empowering show “should” be like. At least all the commenters on that page know what’s up.

I really loved the first post in the articles comments so here it is.

After reading this article I question how familiar you really are with the series, characters, or when was the last time you read the manga. Yes Usagi starts off clumsy and a cry baby. But she’s also only in middle school. But as the series progresses Takeuichi emphasizes how she is gradually maturing and becoming more confident and stronger. In essence she shows her growing up. I don’t see anything wrong with that. And Usagi’s aspirations don’t only include getting married and having children. She tells Mamoru countless of times how she will protect him and create a better and safer world for him. There are times in the series where Tuxedo Mask is literally helpless and Sailor Moon fights vigorously to save him. Even Chibi Moon is seen trying to save Helios and protect him. These girls obviously don’t need rescuing. The old anime may not have shown that very well but the manga did. And Tuxedo mask is much more than a beef cake in the manga. He is actually very smart and focused on his studies. That’s why he got a scholarship to study abroad in America.
Also Sailor Moon is not the only senshi who can be seen as a role model. All the girls have very different personalities and dreams. Ami wants to become a doctor, Makoto wants to own her own business, and Michiru wants to be a musician. And the best part about all of this is that they are all super supportive of their friends dreams and aspirations. And there is no shame in Usagi wanting to become a wife and mom. Feminism is about a woman’s right to choose and lead her own life. And if that’s the life Usagi chooses then so be it. It’s not like all the girls are like that. In fact in Codename Sailor V Ace tells Minako that she will never settle down because she will always let her duty come first and she says she’s okay with that. Venus is actually the real leader of the senshi and she is portrayed as that in the manga. She even calls herself a warrior and has a giant stone sword called the Holy Blade that she uses to take down Queen Beryl all by herself.

As for being leggier, they are trying to update the art and make it slightly closer to Takeuchi’s style. She draws all of her charcters long and lanky. But in the manga you can see she does in fact make them all different heights and look different. Takeuchi actually got a lot of flak from her editor for not making one of the charcters chubby or less attractive because that was considered the norm in sentai groups at that time, like Voltron, Gatchaman, or Ronin Warriors. So by not doing that she was actually stepping outside of the box and doing something new and different.
And we aren’t missing the LGBT charcters. Sailor Neptune and Uranus don’t come into the series until the third act so it makes senes that we haven’t seen them in the only two episodes of Crystal that have aired so far. Not to mention Crystal has only been confirmed for one season as of right now. As for the transgender characters, like the Sailor Starlights, we most likely won’t be seeing them, at least not the same way as we did in the old anime. Only girls can be sailor senshi and the Stralights are just girls dressed as boys, not boys who transform into girls. This is made very apperant in the manga and Takeuchi was actually upset with how they were portrayed in the old anime. However there are still other fabulous LGBT charcters like Fisheye who is pretty much a drag queen.
The thing I think Sailor Moon really tries to represent is friendship. That these girls stand together, they fight together, and they even fall together. They are there for one another through thick and thin and become an unstoppable force. And I think that’s a message that women and girls of all ages can enjoy.”

(via cheekrub)

brightcopperpenny:

Fun times at San Diego Comic-Con today with President Snow, Tiny Princess Thor, and her baby brother Tiny Prince Loki!

strikerhercules:

» Because only Vin Diesel could ever be ridiculously nerdy enough to attend the UK world premiere red carpet for Guardians of the Galaxy wearing a “I am Groot” t-shirt and walking on stilts

(via nudityandnerdery)

I think [HBO’s Game of Thrones] rides a very fine line and creatively it’s sort of amazing, because I think sometimes people are outraged by how much nudity there is and how compromised women are in these circumstances. And then they find a way to fill these characters with such a richness, and to kind of blindside you with a power that is within a female character, a level of intelligence, a survival skill that can totally outshine any of the other characters that we’re familiar with. And I think that they’re not afraid really shine a light on how fucking terrible it can be for a woman out there. How dangerous it is in this world and the kind of violence that is perpetrated against women.

ocha-no-deathscythe:

Casual reminder that Iris, the Champion— the institutionally recognized strongest Pokemon trainer in the entire region of Unova— in B/W2 is not only a remarkably young girl and a poc: she also commands a team of fearsome dragons while decked out in a pink princess dress and tiara.

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The Pokemon franchise is not always the best about representation, but hot damn, Iris is a blessing.

(Source: turiantea, via cheekrub)