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Does Anime have better gender representation than US made TVFollow

#1 Dec 31 2009 at 4:02 AM Rating: Good
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Maybe. At least this article says so and thinking about it, in many ways I can agree. Sure there is alot over the top stuff but shows like Nana (which I <3), have realistically written, leading female characters that were conceived by female writers. That doesn't exist much in American television. She also includes Manga and live action television.

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http://jezebel.com/5437193/memo-to-the-media-in-2010-add-more-dynamic-female-characters?skyline=true&s=x

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Researcher Mimi Ito published an interesting piece in Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat, called "Gender Dynamics of the Japanese Media Mix." Ito explains how Japan's culture allows for a different type of gender coding than what we see in the US. Using examples like Pokémon and Hamtaro to show where certain franchises were coded as masculine or feminine, but were still enjoyed by children of all genders. Ito concludes:

While gender differences are resilient in Japan as elsewhere, there are also points of fluidity and crossover that differ from what we see in the United States. Japanese media mix cultures are increasingly influential overseas, and cannot be dismissed as informative but irrelevant oddities. Culturally ingrained assumptions about what boys and girls like can stand in the way of alternative gender politics and representations.

I'm often reminded of Ito's research when confronted with searching for new things to read and watch. While I still consume a fair amount of US based media, I find myself obsessively stalking mangadroid and mysoju.com since they are more likely to feature stories about women. This doesn't mean this particular media mix is free of sexism (it isn't) or that it doesn't fall into some very familiar stereotypes (it does), but I can generally have a lot more options when looking for content about women, often created by women.


See the article for more specifics around what should be considered by the American media.

Edited, Dec 31st 2009 5:13am by Annabella
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#2 Dec 31 2009 at 10:04 AM Rating: Good
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Maybe? I' haven;t really noticed any difference, but I watch very little anime (and I kind of think it;s cheating to compare manga to tv). How obscure are the manga they're raving about, anyway?

Tangential observation: gender representation tends to be worse the more something costs to make and the harder it is to get it out there - e.g. it's worse in movies than on tv, and worse on tv than in books.
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NANA is not obscure at all.
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#4 Dec 31 2009 at 6:11 PM Rating: Good
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catwho wrote:
NANA is not obscure at all.


Did you actually read the article? Because the author never claimed that and that had nothing to do with the point of the article.
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AHEM.

Kavekk wrote:
How obscure are the manga they're raving about, anyway?


Yes, I read the article. I also showed it to my husband, who is ordering the book that the original research was published in, because it's in his field of research (and the study the article highlights validates his dissertation, in fact.)

Edited, Dec 31st 2009 9:06pm by catwho
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Anime is more likely to expose me to chicks with dicks, a gender representation rarely explored by Hanna-Barbara.
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