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June 5, 2009

Female Gender Roles in Anime


For those who don't know, anime is animated, cartoon shows whose origins are from Japan. There are many popular anime's out there today such as One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Death Note, and other notable ones. The animes are also placed into different categories such as Shounen (targeting junior to high school boys), Seinen (targeting an 18-30 year old male audience), Josei (targeting women), and others.
Due to social constructs and my inability to make many friends outside of the cyberspace world, I have ended up watching a lot of anime and continue to do so to this day.
One of the things I have noticed in much of the anime I have watched are the female characters. Almost always the female characters are slender, big breasted, smooth skinned, and have otherwise a very fit body. They also have a tendency to wear short skirts which reveal a great deal of their legs, or various promiscuous dress which exaggerate parts of the body. In most of the anime, their roles are so stereotypical and standard that it gives me a headache. Every single time it seems there is always some type of damsel in distress who was able to fight but then ends up needing to be saved by the male hero. Relating this back to Terminator 2, Sarah Connor was the same type of woman as many of these anime women; she was strong and courageous but in the end needed to be saved by the T1000.
I don't blame the the artists for creating or drawing these type of women characters because sex sells of course, but I do hope to see a bit of variation in the future (if anyone's every watched Black Lagoon this is one anime I have seen that goes against the standard). Another note is that in the Japanese culture the women tend to be more submissive and allow the men to pick up most of their slack. As I have noticed, most of the successful women in Japan tend to be figureheads such as singers, actresses, or other types pop culture idols.
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Posted by      Robert M. at 10:30 PM PDT
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