Anonymous:
Right now, I am working on a short film about bigotry and connect, or in this case, how we as people, don't connect and why for a competition my school is making us enter. Is it ok if I use the quotes about bigotry and presentation in media (Yukitox Touya and Haruka x Michiru) with full credit to the website and if you can tell me, the person who submitted it so I can credit them too?

sure! Um, all the stuff on this is made by me unfortunately. I am adventuresofcomicbookgirl on tumblr, you can contact be through PM for greater crediting.

Anonymous:
It's there any way you could make a macro about the idea that Kaworu is too "pure" to have any romantic or sexual feelings for Shinji? I recently saw this sentiment expressed in the Kawrou tags, I think.

okay i’ll see if i can think of sumthin!

They really did the same things with Syaoran’s crush on Yukito too, I believe. I certainly remember explaining to my younger cousins that boys had crush on each other all the time. The full 70 ep version is much more girl centric. It was admittedly rarely aired in the US, but It was the original intention of the first people to localize it. Oh, and personally, I didn't find the voice acting bad. It was weak at some parts and the add voice over script is over whelming, but overall passable.

posting this

I had to say something about the CCS Dub. A minor Defense - They didn't cut Tomoyo’s crush, although they did cut the part about her keepsake from Sakura. It left enough room that if anyone made the claim, they could just point out that she could just as easily be read as a giant fangirl too. (There by saying 'why are YOU putting these possible readings into your kids head, if you don't want then there?') And now on to part 2...

ok then posting this because i never did

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Winry and Paninya from Fullmetal Alchemist working hard on delivering a baby: Domestic work traditionally classified as “women’s work”- like bringinglife into the world- is just as badass, if not more so, than “heroics” traditionally coded as “masculine”.

See- this entire episode/chapter. 

Winry and Paninya from Fullmetal Alchemist working hard on delivering a baby: Domestic work traditionally classified as “women’s work”- like bringinglife into the world- is just as badass, if not more so, than “heroics” traditionally coded as “masculine”.

See- this entire episode/chapter. 

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socialjusticeanimemacros:

Macro 1: (Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon standing next to each other) The friendship between Haruka and Michiru is so strong that it becomes love. -Naoko Takeuchi (creator of Sailor Moon) (For the record, the rest of the quote is: There is not only heterosexual love, but homosexual love, in this case between two girls)

Macro 2: (Haruka and Michiru embracing while nude IN SPAAACE) Queer love and deep frienship often coexist. Saying queer love ruins the friendship between characters makes no sense.

I’m really sick of hearing how people can’t think of certain characters as gay because it “ruins the ***purity*** of their friendship”. Guess which couple it was used on recently. Funny how people never complain about this when people ship het, or heterosexual couples become romantically involved.

Actually you know what, as much as I appreciate her for including Michiru and Haruka’s relationship in a nineties’ manga intended for young girls, I think that particular Takeuchi quote is really not that laudable or great.

Because when you look at their relationship, the first thing you think about is hardly that it grew out of a really deep friendship. It’s even clearer in the anime, where we’ve been told pretty much straight-out than Michiru has been in love with Haruka from day one, but even ignoring that— their relationship is built upon the pain they share over their joined destiny, which has led to very deep intimacy and trust to the point of codependency, where they feel that they’re the only ones who could understand each other. It’s a lot more loaded than a regular friendship. Their interaction far from looks like that of “friends who were just so close they eventually started kissing”. It’s not a fitting description of their relationship at all, I don’t think.

And what really gets me is that it’s obvious why she’s using those words to describe their relationship. You’d never hear her say that about Usagi and Mamoru — or any creator about a canonical straight pairing. When straight people fall in love or in lust at first sight, that’s normal and expected, but when it’s two people of the same gender, that’s dirty and wrong. You’re not supposed to be attracted to someone of the same gender! So how do you explain away the gay in the most non-threatening way to the heteronormatively-minded crowd? “Oh, don’t worry, it’s not that they’re gay. They’re not attracted to people of the same gender. Their love is pure. They’re such close friends that it becomes love!”

Japan in particular is all over that intimate two-girl friendship nonsense, so they’d be a lot more willing to buy into that. And of course, it concedes with the timeless mindset featured in 98% of yuri manga, expressed in the line: “even though we’re both girls….. if it’s you, Sempai, I don’t mind….”. That is, they know it’s wrong, and it’s not that they’re capable of feeling this way for girls in general, it’s just that this specific person has captured their heart! You know, for who they are. Gender totally doesn’t factor into it!

That’s the way to sell same-gender romances, or at least it was at the time: downplay the homosexuality aspect as much as possible, and make it seem like it’s okay, because their love surpasses gender. Of course, only in same-gender relationships do the readers have to be made to see past the gender aspect, because it’s creepy and abnormal. You don’t have to explain anything away when it’s a straight relationship, naturally!

Bluh. So yeah, I am very much a fan of Haruka and Michiru, and very much not a fan of that quote. It’s not representative at all. And it shouldn’t be.

Well, except that she does follow up that sentence with “there are different types of love, homosexual love and heterosexual love, in this case between two girls”. So I don’t think she was trying to make it palatable. Though it’s entirely possible she felth nervous/threatened and did feel the need to not incite, since this was in response to a very accusatory sort of question. “WHY DID YOU INCLUDE THE GAY WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN”.

And it’s entirely possible Haruka and Michiru’s relationship in the manga developed differently in the manga from the anime. We never really get how they met in the manga. It’s pretty clear that Haruka doesn’t have to be friends with other girls to hit on them.

I wasn’t using the quote to be representative of their relationship or laudable or anything, I thought it was just a good quote to demonstrate my point. Queer Love and friendship coexist.

Anonymous:
What do you think about the english Cardcaptor Sakura dub? The general feeling I get from things like tvtropes and such is that most people don't really seem to care but it really pissed me of when I first heard about it.

I think it’s pretty awful, but I imagine the not caring is because it was a commercial failure re: DVD sales. The Japenese sub disks sold so much better, it pretty much showed up the censored version all on its own.

As a dub, it’s an example of pretty much everything awful. I tried to watch a scene and the voice acting was just horrible, they rearranged and cut so many episodes for no reason.

Cutting out all the queer stuff is expected, but it’s even more ridiculous because queerness is SUCH a huge part of CCS, I’m sort of vaguely interested in how they even managed that. Tomoyo’s crush on Sakura drives so much of the conceit of the show, Syaoran’s crush on Yukito is like…central to all his early interactions with the main characters, and of course Touya and Yukito are a major plot point too. Sakura’s crush on her teacher could probably be swept away as admiration pretty easily, but otherwise.

I think just as infuriating is how unapologetically sexist the dubbers were. They thought a show headlining a girl hero couldn’t work even though it had obviously worked just fine in Japan. Taking one of the few shows all about a girl overcoming challenges and finding her power within her and actually just being more powerful while her love interest gladly becomes her backup and develops into someone who respects her and her skill- and saying “nope, that can’t be right, not enough focus on the guy, how can this sell in America obviously, lets make the guy the co-lead and make it so this girl hero doesn’t headline this show, we can’t let an icky girl be the focus, ugh that won’t sell”.

People go on about how Japanese media is so sexist compared to the bastion of progressiveness of American media, but you look at stuff like this and Japan could handle putting out a show headlining a positive girl hero and making money off it and America couldn’tWoops.

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Macro 1: (Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon standing next to each other) The friendship between Haruka and Michiru is so strong that it becomes love. -Naoko Takeuchi (creator of Sailor Moon) (For the record, the rest of the quote is: There is not only heterosexual love, but homosexual love, in this case between two girls)

Macro 2: (Haruka and Michiru embracing while nude IN SPAAACE) Queer love and deep frienship often coexist. Saying queer love ruins the friendship between characters makes no sense.

I’m really sick of hearing how people can’t think of certain characters as gay because it “ruins the ***purity*** of their friendship”. Guess which couple it was used on recently. Funny how people never complain about this when people ship het, or heterosexual couples become romantically involved.

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(Anthy and Utena are about to kiss) An interpretation of any character as 100% straight when that character is not explicitly stated to be 100% straight is no more valid than anyone’s interpretation of the character as queer.

There are many queer orientations, so “not queer” is hard to prove.

(Anthy and Utena kiss just off screen) Straight Until Proven Otherwise? A faulty and problematic approach.

Anthy and Utena used because wow does it say something about this attitude when the two lead women make out in the credits and the movie retelling yet people still claim they don’t have crushes on each other in the show.

Hey, awesome blog. Can I make a request for some Ouran High School Host club Macros please?

Again, I appreciate specific ideas for what should be said, but I’m familiar enough with Ouran that I could probably do some on my own sometime. And thanks!