"REAL women don't wear dresses!" and how Sailor Moon shows that this trope is total bullshit
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.
Oh my God, I don’t even KNOW what I love the most about this. Let me try to break it down:
- The fact that Michiru is being a literal lipstick lesbian
- The fact that Michiru uses her Talisman, or the sacred item that both reveals the truth and signifies Michiru’s duties as a Senshi, to check her makeup
- Yaten basically being like “UGH, ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU’RE A SPRING AND FIND A SHADE THAT MATCHES YOUR SKIN TONE, YOU TACKY BITCH”
- Michiru being so furious at having her makeup choices critiqued that she shatters her lipstick tube with her bare hands in a fit of rage
- The fact that Michiru is furious at being displaced. In other words, SHE feels like the’s the resident fashionista and Yaten can go fuck herself up and down the hall if she thinks she can take that away from her
- Michiru being so curious about Mako’s whereabouts that she goes from Hulk-like rage to quiet curiosity in about .00002 seconds
- Mako basically being like “NOBODY WHO LOVES FLOWERS IS A BAD PERSON~” Like, did she forget Tellu? Aka the witch who stole people’s souls with her flowers?
- Usagi and Minako being like “WELL, WE CAN’T THINK OF ANY REASONS WHY THEY AREN’T BAD BUT THEY’RE JUST REALLY FUCKING COOL SO THERE’S YOUR REASON”
Ugh, I wish we got to see more of the girls’ normal high school lives. There should totally be a spinoff manga that’s completely dedicated to their wacky hijinks at Juuban High.
dying-suffering-french-stalkers fragte: Nadir being 7000% done with Erik.
He’s probably high.
This is such a valid question
It’s a super valid question.
Anonym fragte: Hi, I've been seeing posts everywhere about how angry they are over HIMYM. What happened? Was the finale that bad?
YUP. SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T WATCHED IT.
- Entire show focuses on how Ted fell in love with Robin only to have her not return his love back, so he spends many seasons getting over her. Eventually he becomes (somewhat) okay with it and is able to move on. YAY CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
- Last episode: HAHAHAHA NOPE at the end of the show we find out that Tracy (the mother) actually died 6 years ago and the entire point of him telling his children this story is a subtle way of asking the children if it’s okay for him to chase after Robin whom he apparently still loved the entire time.
- Essentially it tells us that Robin is the one that Ted wanted to be with this entire time, makes it sound like he was pining for her the entire time during his marriage and since Tracy died it’s okay to go back to Robin because that’s clearly what he wanted all along
- Also the children don’t seem to give a crap that the mother has died; in fact they pretty much say, “DAD YOU’RE ONLY TELLING US THIS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BANG AUNT ROBIN. GO DO IT ALREADY GOSH MOM’S BEEN DEAD FOR 6 YEARS SCREW HER”
- We also get a brief summary of Ted’s life with Tracy and when I say brief I mean brief. In fact, the way we find out that Tracy gets sick and dies is a less than 10 second scene of him saying that he stuck by her side even when she was sick and then the children confirming it by saying it’s been 6 years since Mom died
- After an ENTIRE SEASON dedicated to Barney and Robin’s wedding tHEY BREAK THEM UP WITHIN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINAL EPISODE PART 1
- We get SEASONS OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT where Barney grows from someone who has mindless sex with women to someone who finally finds the love of his life and settles down with Robin
- AND THEN THE WRITERS SAID #NOPE SCREW CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and Barney goes right back to being a disgusting playboy who writes the Playbook 2 and spends his time at parties getting girls’ numbers. Also he tries to get the “perfect month” which consists of 31 girls in 31 days
- Also he gets “Number 31” pregnant who doesn’t even get a name
- Barney is slightly redeemed when we see him at the hospital because Number 31 is giving birth but turns out he actually didn’t watch the birth and was in the bathroom throwing up
- Best part of the episode comes after this scene where he holds the baby and falls in love. See here.
LILY AND MARSHALL
- Still living in the same apartment with Baby #3 on the way
- Marshall becomes a judge and eventually decides to run for Supreme Court
- No idea what happened to their plan to go to Italy since they’re clearly still in New York
- What happened to Lily’s career?
- Barely in the episode because she apparently gets world-famous and spends most of her time in other countries
- Ditches her friends because of her career and because the gang has become “a married couple with a third kid along the way, her ex-husband who hits on “slutty policewomen in front of me” and the guy who she should have married having a child the love of his life”” (or something like that)
- Basically Robin realizes she should have married Ted all along but it’s too late now because he’s with Tracy
- WE GET SOME REALLY CUTE SCENES WITH HER
- AND WE FALL IN LOVE WITH HER BECAUSE SHE IS PERFECT FOR TED IN EVERY WAY
- BUT NO SHE DIES WHICH IS FINE, BECAUSE IT GIVES A REASON FOR WHY TED IS GIVING THIS REALLY LONG STORY ABOUT THE MOM
- BUT SHE HAD TO DIE IN THE MOST NON-HEARTFELT, UNCOMPASSIONATE WAY EVER
- We don’t even get to grieve for the mom
- We don’t get to see the mom with the kids
- Or any episodes with the mom and the gang
- Why couldn’t they have grown together and given us a happy ending
tl;dr: The writers obviously planned this all from the beginning since the scenes w/ the kids were filmed way back when the show first began. But they didn’t account for the changes that occurred along the 9 year journey they had such as the viewers falling in love with the idea of Robin and Barney, the couple who were the least likely to fall in love who fell in love with each other, despite the challenges they faced, or the viewers loving Ted’s character development in realizing that the person he fell in love with (Robin) wasn’t really the right woman for him and that the right woman (Tracy) was coming for him all along, or the viewers falling in love with Ted and Tracy because they were clear soulmates because they were amazing with one another and were obviously made for each other.
Essentially they undid seasons of character development and brought us right back to the pilot because they wanted to stick with their original ending instead of creating a new one that was a better fit for the characters.
What the hell was Conan even doing.
'Since I can remember I was always alone. I don't need anybody, because I'm strong.'
This scene ;w; it was a huge, huge inspiration when I was younger… ♥
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