There’s been a discussion over at Feministing as to whether feminism and anime can coexist. I thought I’d post my thoughts on the subject. I do believe anime and feminism can coexist. As strange as that may sound because there is a lot of anime out there that’s very derogatory towards women, but at the same time there’s anime out there which have very strong female characters.
Revolutionary Girl Utena in my opinion can be considered a feminist anime. Not only because there is a strong female characters (or characters) but it also addresses issues of gender roles and sexual orientations, which is something that feminism is known for. But I won’t ignore other anime which has strong female characters, such as Nausicaa of the Vally of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, and even Spirited Away (even though it’s mostly about childhood :P).
Now I just have a few questions:
Which anime that you know of that has strong female characters?
Which ones question gender roles and seuxality?
Do you think anime and feminism can coexist?