- Jul 6, 2018
While I put this here and make it about Sailor Moon, it is actually inspired by recent trend of trying to insert certain political views in modern entertainment, while bashing on older works for the lack of appropriateness. I have stumbled on criticism over Sailor Moon as character in both manga and anime on how Usagi is powerless whiny brat and wait on others to help her, or how Princess Serenity is basically weak and selfish , or how some old generation Disney princess are not active in their own films. To an extent I can agree - Usagi whines a lot, Princess Serenity commits suicide instead of helping her people, Disney's Cinderella keep up with abuse, while singing and talking to mice and Aurora did nothing and let other people decide her faith. But these all are getting criticism for the main heroine not being up to feminist standards, while glossing over other powerful female characters, nobody seems to care enough and focus on the main heroine for not being ... certain adjective inserted. While Usagi is at times weak and indecisive, the other senshi are the one that usually help her. Aren't they women? Tuxedo Mask is mostly mean of support and not power and they both support each other. The girls are what Usagi isn't at times - but nobody cares as they are not the princess/ main heroine. While Princess Serenity was weak, Queen Serenity was this magnificent, powerful queen, but it is not enough feminism as she is not the main heroine . In Cinderella we have a girl that is basically forced to live in certain times that she cannot really do much, while we have the powerful woman in the form of the step-mother. Lady Tremaine is the villain, but she is also a woman that never married for a third time to secure herself and instead tried her best to give herself and her daughters dignified lives - true she abuses her step-daughter but in the historical context she is way braver than most women - they would have simply married again and bring a man to take care of them. But nobody says this as she is not the main heroine and she is a villain ( from the point of view of Cinderella). While Aurora in Sleeping Beauty is a passive heroine - we have both Maleficent the villainess being ressourcefull and goes against a man of power the King, or the three fairies that, while clumsy, save the day by taking stuff in their own hands and basically saves the day? My point is a lot of people point fingers at shows and movies in the past for having weak heroines, while glossing over other female heroines that have all sorts of different power? Why does it have to be all about the main heroine? Or is it because they look for one specific kind of power (bicepses and golf clubs ) and ignore all the different kinds of it?