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Why I’m Not Against Fanservice and Sexual Objectification in the Media (And Why the Focus Should Be Different)

March 21, 2014 4 comments

In retrospect, now that I haven’t posted here in about five months, I realize that I’ve really been talking a lot about social issues on this blog. In fact, I haven’t talked much about kitties, despite the subtitle of this blog. At some point, this needs to change.

I’ve sort of addressed this before, but let’s try this more comprehensively.

In anime and manga spheres, the term most are familiar with is probably “fanservice”; in Western spheres, “sexual objectification” is probably more often seen. In either case, however, it comes down to using sex appeal to cater to audiences. Almost universally, said “audience” are straight, cisgendered males (it would be interesting to add a racial component, but it’s important to remember that this is not a phenomenon that is strictly isolated to “white spheres”, so we’ll just use those two labels for now), meaning that “fanservice” often involves using scantily-clad, attractive girls in sexually-suggestive predicaments.

A large number of feminists argue that fanservice is wrong, as it sexually objectifies women as merely objects to be desired after, that it strips them down of their humanity and only down to characteristics of sexual appeal. Media traditionalists – most of them heterosexual, cisgendered men – insist that authors and media producers are free to do what they want, that freedom of speech and expression is paramount, and usually throw in a line or two about how “women are ruining movies/comics/video games/etc.”.

The feminist argument is entirely valid, and is certainly reasonable. However, I do take a differing stance for different reasons, and I postulate that these feminists are perhaps focusing on the wrong issue. Read more…

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Little Yuri Riding Hood

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment
Categories: Anime and Manga, Yuri

Ysionris’ Influence Map

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

First off, an admission: I cheated. For-Orian’s “Influence Map” meme was largely meant for artists, and while I do make the occasional sketch (something I haven’t done in a very long while), I have largely repurposed this influence map to show my influences on storytelling and writing instead. Hopefully, I won’t be crucified for it.

Now, onto the show.

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Anime, Manga, JRPGs, and High Schoolers

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

While I’m not anything close to an otaku, and my knowledge of anime and manga is often overshadowed by fans from the West, I nevertheless follow quite a bit of anime and manga. That, and the fact that I’m part-Japanese (although actually fairly marginal), means I often get a lot of questions regarding the silly hijinks that is the Japanese culture (by which I admit I’m hardly an expert, being very detached from my Asiatic side).

One of the most common questions I get, of course, come from those who know I watch anime, read manga, and play JRPGs: Why are so many of the protagonists high schoolers? Why do female characters constantly resemble twelve-year-old girls? (And are the Japanese pedophiles?) On a whim, I’ve decided I’m going to explain the answer here. I’m not apologizing for or defending anyone; this is simply my explanation of why things are so.

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Categories: Anime and Manga, Gaming