So TVTropes has an awesome page entirely dedicated to how Sailor Moon averts the “Real Women Don’t Wear Dresses" trope, which is basically when traditional femininity is portrayed as weak and ~not progressive~ while women who show traditionally masculine traits are exalted and seen as superior (there’s also a "playing with" page for the trope here).
It makes me SO MAD how some people think that Usagi is a “bad role model for girls” because she has the audacity to fantasize about her dream wedding, love shopping and cute things, and become infatuated with cute guys all the time. Yeah, all of the other wonderful and inspiring traits she has (like her loyalty to her loved ones, her courage and tenacity, and her incredible capacity to love and forgive) are totally negated because she’s “girly!” Don’t you know that you should be ashamed of feminine things?!
Sailor Moon is so wonderful because, not only does it show an incredible variety of girls, it also doesn’t shame Usagi or any of the other girls for being, well, teenaged girls. They’re never reprimanded for being ditzy and shallow for wanting romances, or cute clothes, or anything. As one review on the page I linked says, “Boy craziness is even part of this, in the way they make the knightly romance fantasy an active one. The girls wanna be swept off their feet by a handsome knight, and, damn it, they’re gonna go out there and find that handsome knight and make sure he does it.”
So anyone who thinks, “UGH, SAILOR MOON IS SUCH A BAD SHOW FOR GIRLS, BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS ACT LIKE GIRLS” needs to fuck off, because that’s actually really misogynistic.
I applaud you for dismissing the idea that being feminine is counter productive to the feminist movement. The entire concept that women should be shamed for acting in a way that would otherwise be seen as “weak” is just a product of a patriarchy that demeans women and idealizes that the concept of being “strong” is singularly a masculine role.
As you constantly reproach those that would otherwise minimize the plot and otherwise conveniently only mention certain aspects that come naturally to a young girl and would otherwise play on the concept of a princess needing her prince, the entire series plots around a young girl that in her own self growth and maturing manages to save the world countless times. This in itself, (as well as being written by a Japanese Female, whom suffered and knew the pressures of a society that minimized the roles of women) is a monumental aspect that is clearly present in her work.
Naoko Takeuchi completely reverses the role of the damsel in distress (most of us are used to), and turns the dashing princess into the, beautiful warrior space princess with a heart of gold (crystal) that can whoop your butt in the name of the moon, with her team of beautiful soldiers of love and justice.
Now to those of you who agree with TVTrope, if you can mention just one negative aspect of portraying a beautiful princess destroying evil while wearing her various outfits, I’d love to hear your reasons.
So please enlighten me on why wearing a dress makes her less badass?!
Carnival of Venice.
Zhao Wei in ‘Painted Skin: The Resurrection’ (2012).
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"The Beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” - Thomas Merton