Don't Hate the Princess, Hate the Game
Upon finishing The Princess and the Frog, my sister proclaimed, “Yeah. It was great and all but she still needed a prince in the end.” This critique had me jaw on the floor, but I got it. Tiana could have walked away with her restaurant and on into the sunset, I SUPPOSE. But I didn’t buy it. The observation that apparently every princess needs a prince is sad, but at the same...
Wrong, but Kind of Right
Or: Would you like some emotions with your sexbot? Note: This post is about porn. Since it’s about fantasy, I am temporarily suspending discussion of stereotyping and “negative examples of femininity”, since MOST people use fantasies to escape from reality. As such, I am aware that there are HUGE problems with Yuria 100 Shiki from a feminist point of view, but I feel like it...
The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their... →
This article is interesting and I want to stew on it. There’s a follow-up/applied logic post here about Rin or Panty and Stocking, but part of me wants to point out the benign examples like Bakemonogatari or Ladies Versus Butlers. Hmm….
Why Not the Other Way Around?
Watched REDLINE last night. It was fucking amazing, BUT didn’t do much for gender roles. THIS POST WILL HAVE SPOILERS Normally, I come to this blog as an apologist. I believe that we should look to the characters themselves for consistency, but here, I think I want to note an underlying problem here. From a characterization point of view, it makes sense that JP gets to take the...
Career or Childrearing
Or: The Plight of the Otome (Image borrowed from this blog, thanks google!) For the record, I fucking love Mai-Otome. The show has a plot that plays for keeps, a cadre of kickass heroines, and Harkua Armitage (she’s the confused-looking blonde on the left). At the same time, it’s got a wealth of problems when you hold it up as an example for gender politics. Instead of talking...
Short List of Shows to Watch for this Blog
Cross-Posted on my personal tumblr: Noir - Started it years ago, didn’t like the hints of melodrama. Will probably like it more now that I have a thing for yuri? Unsure. Claymore Revolutionary Girl Utena Rose of Versailles Redline (?) Wandering Son - This one is a MUST Otome wa Boku Koshiteru - MIGHT be too silly Anything else anyone can think of? Apparently, you can’t reply...
Let's DO This!
The time has come to start talking about moe. Personally, I love the stuff because I find it calming and relaxing (I don’t list K-On!! as my favorite series for nothing), but the term comes with all kinds of crazy baggage so, let’s start with this article: Moe: The Cult of the Child Jason Thompson could probably pwn my face off with his expertise, but I recoil a little from the...
Hai Thar, Followers!
I’d like to thank Ovens for the major bump in visibility (I wouldn’t have used her work if I didn’t absolutely love it!). I have something coming on shounen manga for you all, so I hope you enjoy it! :D
Sexy != Sexualized
(Picture Courtesy of Ovens, who does awesome comix and delicious pr0n) I just wanted to say that. True, we as a society have a hard time seeing past tits (especially really nice ones), but looking good and being attractive need not be a character failing. Let’s set aside the debate about whether we need more unattractive heroines (maybe I’ll write about Kuragehime later) and...
Be Yourself, Sawako!
I want to talk briefly about social pressure from the other direction and its role in gender definition. For all that comedy anime (and K-On!(!) in particular) is functionally divorced from reality, some strains appear so frequently as to likely have grounding in the truth. One such strain is that of the spinster. High School anime (a favorite of mine) seems packed to the gills with mid-twenties...
Say No Until You Mean Yes
I… I didn’t make this post about rape culture for you or anything, I just had extra! Note: this mostly focuses on girls because that’s the most visible version of this archetype. That’s not to say that there aren’t tsundere dudes, I’m just less familiar with them. In a post over at No, Seriously What About the Menz?, Noah Brand brought up the idea that our...