Why is Femininity A Problem? -Karly Morgan (1970’s week)

Karly Morgan



Yes, my blog for this week is about Pokemon- but stay with me for a second.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are releasing a new game, thus a new set of monsters, on November 18th of this year. As the release date approaches, they give fans sneak peaks at some of the upcoming new monsters. The 2nd evolution of one of the series’ three starter Pokemon (aka a really important one) was recently revealed, pictured above.

Fans immediately expressed resentment for the creature, tweeting things like this: Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 5.17.05 PM.png

Although the pictures and usernames of these twitter users are blurred for privacy reasons, the website acknowledges that even adult fans were posting hateful remarks such as these. However, they seemed to have no problem with this more masculine monster, released at the same time: torracat.pngScreen Shot 2016-10-22 at 5.18.48 PM.png

Moral of this media story- why is femininity seen as a negative here? Statistics from Nintendo prove that Pokemon has a large female fan base, and many popular monsters in the franchise could be described as having masculine or feminine traits. Perhaps it’s because being aggressive, fighting, and showing brute force aren’t seen as feminine traits. Perhaps it’s because users were hoping for a more gender neutral character. Perhaps the stereotype of women being less effective at completing a job than men, discussed in our reading for the 1970’s week, is to blame. Whatever the reason, I think it’s a shame that both children and adults are expressing dislike for this character solely based on the fact that it has a feminine appearance.

(Better believe when Nov. 18th comes, I’m picking the feminine monster and kicking butt with it. Just saying.)

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