Though we still see here that if there ARE women that aren’t the “default male” they have to be marked in some way, usually degradingly. Here women are forced to wear pink jackets. They are forced to be othered when they are not the default. Others have them wearing armorkinis, boob armor and or short skirt uniforms where it wouldn’t be practical. Also notice in that picture the woman has her jacket open and is showing her shirt, which might be painted to show off breast highlights and shadow more, while the men we see have their jackets closed. Are they out of uniform? Can the pink jackets even close? Is this another attempt at trying to sexualize the women even a little bit, yet still try to be practical? http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=7443 Looking at the promo art, I can see the the Captain wearing a the short skirted school girl outfit. So I’m wont to side with the “doing it wrong” crowd more. An anime that “does it right” is Pumpkin Scissors.
[Space Pirates in uniform clean guns before combat action. While most of them are men, two women can be seen in the middle of the shot, picture provided by Vucub Caquix]
SO. I’ve been talking to Vucub Caquix who runs Altair & Vega about the concept of the default male. I was INITIALLY reminded of the idea BY this series.
Mouretsu Pirates is an awesome show that starts a spunky high school girl thrust into the role of Space Pirate Captain by circumstances of her birth. While the bridge is populated equally by men and women all the normal pirates aboard Marika’s (the main character) ship, Bentenmaru, appeared to be male. Which is, of course, silly. If women are rising to reasonable rank within the ship SOME of the general crew have to be women. The disjoint is what’s generally referred to as the default male. Where all the “masses” are men and women only appear as exceptional characters.
Well, this screen shot proves it wrong. It’s a far cry from the 50/50 set up on the bridge, but at least the show knows that there has to be some diversity among the crew to support women rising to command positions.
While I’m not sure the female outfits are sexualized from this one, short shot, Mav is right that by making the uniform pink, they’re actually reinforcing exceptionalism. I guess I got it a little wrong, there. Well, live and learn. Thanks, Mavrynthia!