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Objectification in Anime: Agency, Nudity, and What It All Means

fujoshifeminism:

“A lot of times we don’t pay close attention to what’s going on in shows we’re watching just for entertainment. This can make it hard to have a productive discussion with people who try to point out that anime is misogynist or that it objectifies women. In this panel we’ll take a look at what objectification is really all about and whether anime really all boils down to just that.”

Read that panel description. Sounds pretty good, right? Come back up and read it again at the end of the article and see how your perceptions change.

Picture this: a man wears a backwards baseball cap, reflective aviator sunglasses, a matted ponytail to the middle of his back, a silkscreen button down shirt, and cuffed skinny jeans. He has just come from presenting a panel on harem anime in front of an audience that laughs uproariously at nosebleed jokes and cheers at panty shots. In a different room, in front of a different audience, he prepares to deliver another presentation. This audience is mostly women, here to listen to someone discuss objectification.

Well then. Can you guess how it went?

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Dark Ages, Schmark Ages. The De-Textbook cuts through that and so much more fake-fact bullshit.

cloudy with a chance of witch burning

your periodic reminder that a good chunk of Europe basically shat the bed for a few centuries while everyone else kinda did their thing.

I am sorry I’m going to be that person.
This map is extremely inaccurate.
1) China was not going through business as usual China was going through the TANG DYNASTY i.e. the Golden Age of Chinese culture, which would lay down legal and social and poetic norms for the rest of Chinese history. The Tang is so influential that a lot of languages call Chinese people 唐人 (People from Tang.) (We call Chinese people “people from Qin” so.)
2) Japan is _first becoming literate_ during this time period (due to the influence of the Tang they adopt Chinese script), which is a BFD for poetry, religion, politics, society. Japanese court culture develops, which near the end of this period (11th century, around the time Europe enters “high middle ages”) will produce The Tale of Genji (by a totally awesome woman named Murasaki),widely regarded as the world’s first novel because of it’s deft use of irony and social commentary.
3) The southern part of Korea is experiencing the emergence of Unified Silla, a state that will last the entire period and will see the importation of Chinese and Indian buddhism, the construction of the first Confucian college in Korea, and so on.
4) In Mesoamerica, the Mayans are inventing astronomy, writing (the third and final independent invention of writing in human history), and a whole crapload of other stuff. This is the triumph of their culture.
5) The Umayyads in Spain are a massive center of technology, learning, and (comparative) religious toleration.
6) The Eastern Roman Empire, which spans both the green and yellow portions of your map, isn’t doing too badly either, bouncing back after losing territory to the Caliphate.
7) The Polynesians are colonizing the ENTIRE PACIFIC using amazing advanced navigation technology not rivaled until the INVENTION OF GPS.
8) I am not equipped to talk about Sub-Saharan Africa in detail (cue rant about how we never learn about subsaharan africa in the western educational system) but you can bet there are some major, amazing developments going on there too. I’d be shocked if there weren’t.
9) HOLY SHIT INDIA.
10) OMG SOUTH EAST ASIA. SOUTH. EAST. ASIA.
11) THEY WEREN’T BURNING WITCHES IN EUROPE DURING THE MIGRATION PERIOD (dark ages). Witch burning took off in the EARLY MODERN PERIOD, nearly 1000 years after this. Europe was going through some tough shit, which would leave them backwards compared to the rest of the world for 1000 years, but also there were some amazing things happening there, at least have the decency to be like “angry dudes with swords stabbing people” not WITCH BURNINGS FFS.
12) And ABSOLUTELY Islamic Caliphate was a totally amazing flowering of intellectual, artistic, and spiritual culture, a mixing pot between a thousand cultures and languages, and totally amazing. Don’t in any way want to diminish that in any way.

PLEASE ALWAYS BE THAT PERSON

this is all good stuff (always good to see global premodern history on my tumblrs). also, an extra rant on early medieval europe (since that’s what we’re having to study a shitton of right now and I might as well use it for something):
what people often don’t realise about the ‘dark ages’ is that they are actually a period of extraordinary growth, if you break out of the traditional historiographical mindset of assuming a link between classical Roman and medieval European society and instead look at the period as the beginnings of an entirely new era of European civilisation.
you have all these cultures, usually lumped together under the term ‘barbarians' but which encompass dozens of different peoples with distinct religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, who went from being nomadic/tribal societies to being urbanised kingdoms with advanced state bureaucracies and complex legal systems in a couple of centuries. that process took other civilisations thousands of years, and the franks fast-tracked it in about two centuries.
in the british isles, you have the creation of an incredibly sophisticated culture of literacy out of what was previously an oral (though no less fascinating) society in the space of about a hundred years (the example of ireland is especially impressive, I cba to find a wiki link right now but if you want some academic sources give me a yell and I’ll look through my notes).
it’s all a bit pointless having a dick-measuring contest about “who was the most advanced civilisation in x year?”, although it’s fair to say that historians of medieval europe need to do more to decentre their geographical area and place it in the context as one of many civilisations in the premodern era and how they interacted with each other. but ultimately the belief that early medieval europe was “hurf derf witchburning and bedshitting” is as outmoded as the belief that civilisation did not exist in the rest of the world until europeans introduced it.

Man, it’s almost like you can’t oversimplify what happened in a bunch of complex civilizations over the course of a millennium into a few colors on a map!
But seriously, thank you for adding the stuff about how there actually was a lot of learning and cultural flourishing going on in medieval Europe. I see these posts point out “well they aren’t the ‘Dark Ages’ because a lot was going on elsewhere in the world!” and while that’s certainly very true and important (Western-centrism is a plague on historical scholarship that needs to be blotted out), the term isn’t accurate applied to Europe either. This was the era that resulted in Europe’s first universities, the foundations of modern European classical music and its musical notation system, a lot of the mythic cycles and romances that are the cornerstone of various European countries’ literary canons (think King Arthur here, also the Nibelunglied and the Icelandic Eddas)—also, all this education and art wasn’t nearly as divorced from those of classical Greece and Rome as traditional historians have liked to characterize it.
Also the vast majority of Europe’s “witch-burning” happened in the oh-so-“enlightened” environment of the Renaissance, not the Middle Ages.* That supposedly more “progressive” era also resulted in the Spanish expelling Jews and Muslims, and in restriction of women’s already-extremely-limited roles and rights during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.
It’s all this kind of stuff that’s the reason it’s become less and less popular for historians to consider the Renaissance its own historical period at all, as opposed to just a continuation of a lot of ideas and trends of the High and Late Middle Ages. But you wouldn’t know that if you never read anything about history beyond what you’re taught in high school (which is why people threw a holy fit in the comments when John Green suggested that in the Renaissance video of his Crash Course World History series, even though that idea is hardly controversial among actual historians).
*ETA: I somehow missed that one of the earlier posts already addressed this, but regardless, I think it’s still worth noting that the witch-burning specifically happened during a period that people who use it to condemn the Middle Ages love to characterize as PROGRESSIVE AND ENLIGHTENED. Like, it’s almost like a huge chunk of humanity doesn’t suddenly wake up and say “we’re going to be ‘smart’ and be more into reason and science than old-fashioned superstitions for the next century or so!”

sailortralfamadore:

mayflyofspace:

littlemissmutant:

binghsien:

note-a-bear:

kaalashnikov:

cracked:

Dark Ages, Schmark Ages. The De-Textbook cuts through that and so much more fake-fact bullshit.

cloudy with a chance of witch burning

your periodic reminder that a good chunk of Europe basically shat the bed for a few centuries while everyone else kinda did their thing.

I am sorry I’m going to be that person.

This map is extremely inaccurate.

1) China was not going through business as usual China was going through the TANG DYNASTY i.e. the Golden Age of Chinese culture, which would lay down legal and social and poetic norms for the rest of Chinese history. The Tang is so influential that a lot of languages call Chinese people 唐人 (People from Tang.) (We call Chinese people “people from Qin” so.)

2) Japan is _first becoming literate_ during this time period (due to the influence of the Tang they adopt Chinese script), which is a BFD for poetry, religion, politics, society. Japanese court culture develops, which near the end of this period (11th century, around the time Europe enters “high middle ages”) will produce The Tale of Genji (by a totally awesome woman named Murasaki),widely regarded as the world’s first novel because of it’s deft use of irony and social commentary.

3) The southern part of Korea is experiencing the emergence of Unified Silla, a state that will last the entire period and will see the importation of Chinese and Indian buddhism, the construction of the first Confucian college in Korea, and so on.

4) In Mesoamerica, the Mayans are inventing astronomy, writing (the third and final independent invention of writing in human history), and a whole crapload of other stuff. This is the triumph of their culture.

5) The Umayyads in Spain are a massive center of technology, learning, and (comparative) religious toleration.

6) The Eastern Roman Empire, which spans both the green and yellow portions of your map, isn’t doing too badly either, bouncing back after losing territory to the Caliphate.

7) The Polynesians are colonizing the ENTIRE PACIFIC using amazing advanced navigation technology not rivaled until the INVENTION OF GPS.

8) I am not equipped to talk about Sub-Saharan Africa in detail (cue rant about how we never learn about subsaharan africa in the western educational system) but you can bet there are some major, amazing developments going on there too. I’d be shocked if there weren’t.

9) HOLY SHIT INDIA.

10) OMG SOUTH EAST ASIA. SOUTH. EAST. ASIA.

11) THEY WEREN’T BURNING WITCHES IN EUROPE DURING THE MIGRATION PERIOD (dark ages). Witch burning took off in the EARLY MODERN PERIOD, nearly 1000 years after this. Europe was going through some tough shit, which would leave them backwards compared to the rest of the world for 1000 years, but also there were some amazing things happening there, at least have the decency to be like “angry dudes with swords stabbing people” not WITCH BURNINGS FFS.

12) And ABSOLUTELY Islamic Caliphate was a totally amazing flowering of intellectual, artistic, and spiritual culture, a mixing pot between a thousand cultures and languages, and totally amazing. Don’t in any way want to diminish that in any way.

PLEASE ALWAYS BE THAT PERSON

this is all good stuff (always good to see global premodern history on my tumblrs). also, an extra rant on early medieval europe (since that’s what we’re having to study a shitton of right now and I might as well use it for something):

what people often don’t realise about the ‘dark ages’ is that they are actually a period of extraordinary growth, if you break out of the traditional historiographical mindset of assuming a link between classical Roman and medieval European society and instead look at the period as the beginnings of an entirely new era of European civilisation.

you have all these cultures, usually lumped together under the term ‘barbarians' but which encompass dozens of different peoples with distinct religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, who went from being nomadic/tribal societies to being urbanised kingdoms with advanced state bureaucracies and complex legal systems in a couple of centuries. that process took other civilisations thousands of years, and the franks fast-tracked it in about two centuries.

in the british isles, you have the creation of an incredibly sophisticated culture of literacy out of what was previously an oral (though no less fascinating) society in the space of about a hundred years (the example of ireland is especially impressive, I cba to find a wiki link right now but if you want some academic sources give me a yell and I’ll look through my notes).

it’s all a bit pointless having a dick-measuring contest about “who was the most advanced civilisation in x year?”, although it’s fair to say that historians of medieval europe need to do more to decentre their geographical area and place it in the context as one of many civilisations in the premodern era and how they interacted with each other. but ultimately the belief that early medieval europe was “hurf derf witchburning and bedshitting” is as outmoded as the belief that civilisation did not exist in the rest of the world until europeans introduced it.

Man, it’s almost like you can’t oversimplify what happened in a bunch of complex civilizations over the course of a millennium into a few colors on a map!

But seriously, thank you for adding the stuff about how there actually was a lot of learning and cultural flourishing going on in medieval Europe. I see these posts point out “well they aren’t the ‘Dark Ages’ because a lot was going on elsewhere in the world!” and while that’s certainly very true and important (Western-centrism is a plague on historical scholarship that needs to be blotted out), the term isn’t accurate applied to Europe either. This was the era that resulted in Europe’s first universities, the foundations of modern European classical music and its musical notation system, a lot of the mythic cycles and romances that are the cornerstone of various European countries’ literary canons (think King Arthur here, also the Nibelunglied and the Icelandic Eddas)—also, all this education and art wasn’t nearly as divorced from those of classical Greece and Rome as traditional historians have liked to characterize it.

Also the vast majority of Europe’s “witch-burning” happened in the oh-so-“enlightened” environment of the Renaissance, not the Middle Ages.* That supposedly more “progressive” era also resulted in the Spanish expelling Jews and Muslims, and in restriction of women’s already-extremely-limited roles and rights during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

It’s all this kind of stuff that’s the reason it’s become less and less popular for historians to consider the Renaissance its own historical period at all, as opposed to just a continuation of a lot of ideas and trends of the High and Late Middle Ages. But you wouldn’t know that if you never read anything about history beyond what you’re taught in high school (which is why people threw a holy fit in the comments when John Green suggested that in the Renaissance video of his Crash Course World History series, even though that idea is hardly controversial among actual historians).

*ETA: I somehow missed that one of the earlier posts already addressed this, but regardless, I think it’s still worth noting that the witch-burning specifically happened during a period that people who use it to condemn the Middle Ages love to characterize as PROGRESSIVE AND ENLIGHTENED. Like, it’s almost like a huge chunk of humanity doesn’t suddenly wake up and say “we’re going to be ‘smart’ and be more into reason and science than old-fashioned superstitions for the next century or so!”

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I got distracted doing my Western Metroid concept art project for school when I was trying to find out Samus’ height. Turns out in some official art for Super Metroid (1994) she’s described as such:

The Power Suit hides a strong, muscular woman. Samus is nearly six feet, three inches tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds.

Then it lists the exact numbers as 6’3” and 198lbs. That’s what’s “hidden” by the suit, not with the suit, as some people on the internet seem to be suggesting. If you look at the illustration, the suit doesn’t add much to her height anyway.

So anyway the point of all this is that Samus is now 5’3” and that sucks. I can’t find where this stat came from but it’s being quoted by several fans online, and if you obsessively compare screenshots from SSBB like I did, you’ll find that it’s accurate to the inch when she’s standing next to the 6’ tall Snake. So that blows. I think the 6’3” Samus seems way more likely to be an ex-soldier turned bounty hunter who pilots a power suit and doesn’t take shit from anyone. Also she’s a babe.

Disclaimer: I haven’t played a game in the Metroid series since the SNES, all knowledge from the internet, take this with a grain of salt.

This is a thing that’s legit been bugging me for a long ass time

This height and weight is still canon, so why in Other M is everyone at LEAST two heads taller?

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110906100255/metroid/images/7/7a/Samus_PD.jpg

BUILT TO DESTROY

If I’m interpreting my Metroid history/mythology correctly… (and the fact that I’ve played most of them)

Samus was orphaned at a young age and taken in by a highly advanced race of bird-warriors called the Chozo, and fostered on a *LOW-GRAVITY* planet. She was given medicine and nutritional care far in excess of anything the Galactic Federation could offer on any human world or colony. IN ADDITION—these twelve-foot tall, monstrous genome warriors INFUSED HER WITH CHOZO DNA, having absolutely no ethical or moral compulsion against gene therapy (we’re talking about a species so advanced they got BORED of techo-futuristic dwellings and started living in STONE TEMPLES FOR KICKS.)

Young Samus, having no context by which she may protest was totally OK with this and, presumably, underwent weapons training, survival training, and continued gene manipulation INTO HER 20s. I reiterate: the Chozo started treatment on her before puberty, meaning the numbers she reached upon adulthood were probably THE LOW END of what the Chozo assumed they could SAFELY do to ANY HUMAN’S bone density / musculature (on a low-gravity planet) before the results became dangerous outliers in their advanced projections. 

FUTHERMORE (And here we get into Metroid Prime’s mythos), the Chozo were a fatalistic, even nihilistic species who predicted their own downfall through mysticism and scientific analysis. Their records refer to Samus as “The Newborn,” and “The Hatchling,” and as the one predestined NOT to save them, but to bring “wrath,” down upon their enemies. 

The Chozo turned Samus into a gigantic murder machine, gave her a power suit composed of some of the most advanced technology in the known galaxy, and pushed her out the door to work as a bounty hunter for the Galactic Federation under the pretenses of capital gain but really TO TAKE VIOLENT REVENGE ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEIR FOES. They made her into a Space Marine in a setting bereft of anything resembling a Space Marine.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why 6’5” is honestly lowballing it on her height (I’d put it at 7’5”, with avian features and crazy pinfeathers everywhere), why Samus is amazing, why devs need to Google human biology better, and why Metroid: Other M is NOT CANON.

And this, game devs, is why you need to sit everyone down on your team and make them watch some youtube videos of the Women’s events in the Olympics, and then put these in everyone’s bookmarks. Your future demographic gains thank you (WITH $$$$$).

Got damn.

The ammount of depth in Metroid Lore is FUCKING ASTOUNDING.

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