I am amazed at how any text from last night involving bananas perfectly fits Pascal and Hubert
I’m not even going to respond to this because it’s so stupid that I have no faith that they original poster can even grasp why they are so incredibly wrong.
I wanted to like this post but if I like this post it shows as if I like the original post, which I don’t, so I am reblogging this.
“Hey, no matter how many light years away it is, the future isn’t far off!”
Reika: “Light year is a unit of distance, not time!”
Smile: “Ohh! As expected of Reika!”
“Of course I’m well aware it’s not a unit of time.”
Friend’s mother: “So why do you like Sailor Moon?”
Me: “Well, there are lots of reasons. It’s a good show. It also an empowering show, really. It’s about girls being awesome.”
Friend’s mother: “Yeah… in tiny mini skirts.”
I know I’m going…
Or maybe it’s because mini skirts offer zero protection while fighting?
I am kind of tired to see that almost everything Sailor Moon related has to be dragged back to feminism, empowerment and such. It’s incredibly cool for a while, but then every single criticism is seen as an offence to womanhood. Sure there’s nothing wrong in wearing mini skirts and kicking ass, but to be honest it bugs me too. I mean, they get thrown here and there a lot. It hurts.
Have you ever thought? They probably have scraped their crotches and butts along every possible surface.
Surely you do not think that a badass mythril armor wouldn’t be better in these cases? At least mythril pants, if anything? Then of course, there is the fact that probably those are magical mini skirts. Which maybe offer a protection far superior from anything else, but this is just a wild idea one could get in order to justify why you should send your best warrior out covered in a soft, small piece of clothing rather than something with a better protection-to-movement ratio. It’s just as Mars’ and Venus’ high heels: I love that they fight in high heels, but would I choose high heels for fighting? Hell no. Not only because I would break my ankles just by walking, but also because they are impractical. They could break easily, they could even get stuck somewhere. Sure, you could also use them as a weapon, because a high heel in the eye is worse than a flat sole, but then again, you have to see if the slight advantage you’d get is worth the disadvantages. And it is perfectly normal to watch Sailor Moon (especially if you are not a fan and you have no idea of what happens) and think, “hey, isn’t that outfit a little bit impractical for fighting?”.
TL;DR: Non-magical mini skirts are impractical for fighting, and this has nothing to do with gender, feminism, empowerment, or anything else. Just with physics.
The reason this particular post was “dragged back to feminism” is because that’s what my original post was about.
Nevertheless, there is actually a scene in the Sailor V manga where Minako complains that her outfit is impractical and creates a disguise of heavy metal armour. However, she complains that this is also impractical as it is too heavy and decides she prefers the maneuverability of her normal uniform.
I don’t see how it’s a “wild idea” to assume that their outfits are magical or offer some magical protection? The girls have magic powers. They attack and are attacked with what boils down to magical energy. Their outfits have been shown to withstand all kinds of attacks, including fire, with minimal damage, and come back clean and new next time they transform. What difference would bulky “practical” armour make when we’re talking about villains who attack with the decaying energy of pure evil?
With due respect, I feel like your concern here is not related to the original discussion. “Miniskirts are bad because they offer no protection” is a valid but separate topic.
My concern is that a rather neutral comment (“it bugs me”), which was of course in reply to a statement that implied that mini skirts are bad for other reasons, but still wasn’t pointing in any direction, was took only in the wrong sense. Because, you see, it bugs me too, but in a different way (maybe. I don’t know what the original answer wanted to express), and I just wanted to share my opinion on my blog? I just wanted to say that not every single person who comments on Sailor Moon’s outfit might be secretly trying to say that sexy outfits are only to be worn to please men.
And… I have mentioned the protection-to-movement ratio for a reason. Of course being fully covered in armor is going to hurt your movement range and speed, but there are a million possibilities between a mini skirt and a full body armor. And the idea that these are magical skirts is wild because it’s a wild guess. Well of course they’re magical since they appear magically on magical girls, but is there proof that they are made from something different, for example? Or is there ever a remark like “oh such awesome fabric, it keeps coming back like it was new”? Maybe it’s mentioned somewhere? It can be, my memory is no longer what it used to be (too many hits on my head). But then it means that surely a real casual watcher would not know it.
It’s just my opinion on the matter, aimed to comfort any other person who is bugged by fighting in a mini skirt that they’re not alone. Very small consolation, I know…
Ok, so how much does Tuxedo Mask’s tuxedo and cape bug you? Why do the mini-skirts and heels bother you so much when it is VERY obvious to anyone who has seen five seconds of a fight scene in any of the episodes that the girls have plenty of protection regardless of their armor (or lack thereof)?
Look, these girls withstand all kinds of attacks that would kill any normal person. Take a knight in full body armor and throw fire at him, and what’ll you get? A dead person in a metal cage that essentially acted like an oven. The girls get thrown all over the screen, they get cut and bleed, they get hit with dark energy in various forms, and at the end of the day, they survive it all. Sometimes Usagi needs to use her crystal to bring them back, but the point is, their clothing is completely and totally irrelevant to their success.
To bring this back to my original point, why are mini-skirts and heels (and, as it was pointed out, these aren’t even really miniskirts, they are long frills on leotards, rather like a one-piece swimsuit with a skirt sown on) considered so much less practical than a tuxedo and a freaking cape? Why is it such a stretch to consider that these girls have magical protections when they are shown surviving attacks that would easily kill any regular person? Do you complain about how little protection Superman’s spandex and cape offers him?
I just honestly think that people who will complain about how ‘impractical’ the girls’ outfits are for fighting should really examine why they are complaining about the girls’ outfits, when no one in the freaking series wheres anything close to practical. The only real exception here is Prince Endymion, and he never actually fights in his Princely vestments, even after he’s through being brainwashed and has all his memories and such.
Tuxedo Mask’s Tuxedo and Cape bug me as much as Minako’s high heels. That cape just screams for being stuck here and there during a fight. As much as high heels. I can’t remember (shame on me D:), is there at least an episode where he gets stuck? Where a youma just traps him in his own cape? Probably not, but that’s because - let’s face it - youmas are not the brightest cookies of the jar and Tuxedo Kamen is just too cool.
Please do read again what I have written, because I do not have any issue with outfits in Sailor Moon. I love them. I love Sailor Moon. I even have my Magical Girl wearing a Mini-Skirt. However, during the creation of said magical girl, me and my friends stared at each other an asked ourselves, “how the fuck are these supposed to offer the right amount of protection? How do they keep regenerating themselves?” and after a while opted to have them made of magical hair from a magical goddess. You see, you need to think about a reason why. Maybe the sailor fuku gives you a protection that’s better than any mythril armor while boosting your speed and agility. Who knows. No one told me. And honestly I do not care? For me it’s ok as it is. I do not wonder why. I can give myself a “logical” explanation if I need to, but I do not need why or how. Otherwise I would never be able to enjoy anything.
What I was trying to say is that I think it’s perfectly understandable for a person who is not a fan of the series to pass by a TV showing a Sailor Moon episode and think that Sailor Moon’s outfits are impractical for a physical fight. Without having to be a dangerous misogynist.
I was trying to say that sometimes you have to put yourself in other people’s mini skirts to understand that maybe - and I do remark maybe - the words you’ve heard (or read) have a different meaning for the person who spoke them.
I am now going to simply sum up my thoughts:
Person: “This person said THIS”
Me: “Oh oh what if they meant something else? I have a perfectly good reason why they could!!! Let’s talk!!! Yay!!!! Please!!!!!
“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?” - The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
(at Oxford Exchange)
Show me a hero and I will stare for a long time at the blinking cursor in a new Word document
(on my sofa)
I am seriously in love with Silver Spoon.
Hiromu Arakawa is simply amazing. I love her characters and I love how she tells their story.
And I love Chestnut and Tamako
I am so happy they’re turning Silver Spoon into an anime, I want to see the pretty gifs D:
let’s be honest this show was 15% stock footage and 15% epic posing at the least
The first Haruka looks like a bootleg doll.
But I agree with the comment
I am so sick of the Usa/Mamo age debate that I don’t what to do. I am on the Sailor Moon Memes page on facebook looking at a meme of Chibiusa and this girl just said “ Thats my whole WTF thing with this! Shes like 14 and a mom with a guy whos like 30, still love the show.” Seriously people! They…
But more than this, people tend to forget that Usagi and Mamoru aren’t two “regular” people. When they become involved in a romantic relationship is after they gained their memories - or at least a significant part of it - back.
Usagi is no longer a 14-year-old girl. She is a 14-year-old girl with memories of her past life (and we never get to know how long that was, but given the longevity of the Moon Clan, probably more than 14 years), memories of a war that destroyed her home, memories of her own suicide/death, not to mention the more recent battles, including the one against Endymion with another suicide (if you go with the manga) or the death/sacrifice of all her friends (anime).
And that’s it. Usagi and Mamoru have already lived one life plus a series of life-changing events people usually won’t live when they finally get together. Before that, it’s just Usagi’s crush on her saviour. They carry a baggage of memories - of experiences - which have leveled the age gap. Which, as OP said, is not even THAT big to begin with.