Ok. I'm just going to say it. I never watched the original show--although, my husband did. (one of the many reasons why my husband rocks, y'all.) You see, I barely got through one episode of He-Man and knew it to be total crap. When She-Ra came out and I heard it was related, I didn't even bother. Turns out, I was wrong to do that. But hey, teenager. :D
I love the new look. She's clearly a teenager or preteen storyline-wise. Here's what she used to look like.
That was the other reason I didn't give She-Ra a chance: male-gaze. When I was eight or so I picked up a comic book--X-men, I believe--and instantly knew it wasn't for me due to the tight clothes and giant breasts on the female characters. I may have read a few pages before putting it back on the rack. (I'm pretty sure I saw some sexual harassment on the pages and decided I had enough of that in real life.) Anyway, male-gaze does not belong in material intended for young girls. There needs to be someplace safe for girls to see themselves as whole and powerful. Their own imagination should be one of those places. I'm damned glad the reboot decided to make that change regardless of the stupid whining of fanboys.
Dane and I are only a couple of episodes in, but I'm already hooked. Also? Aggretsuko is awesome. More on both of these later. I've a book to finish rewriting and editing. :)
 Note: He-Man claims to be the most powerful man in the universe. She-Ra, on the other hand, is just 'a princess of power.' Funny how the indoctrination of misogyny starts so early. She-Ra also has a team of helpers--one of them a man. He-Man stands alone. Look, I don't have a problem with teamwork. Frankly, that's how things really get done. The Lone Savior Myth is harmful in so many, many ways--not the least of which it sets up men (and the rest of us) for failure. Because did I mention that teamwork is how change really happens?
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