So here's a weak start to a post: I was thinking about a thing.
In this case it was work for Room 801 (it's never too early, right?), which led me to lose myself in trope pages for Ouran High School Host Club, one of my all-time favourite shows. And that got me thinking about something much bigger; the issue of pandering to women versus the issue of empowering women. I feel like there's a climate, amongst anime and manga fans in particuar, where there are two distinct groups amongst the female base - those who are mostly just about prettyboys, and those who have a more actively feminist bent, and disdain pretty-boys as being a dumb childish fascination.
Apparently, people do this thing where they like to refer to Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) as Disney's feminist princess. I guess I can see that, I thought to myself; I only watched the film once when it was current (despite becoming a voracious Disney consumer in my teens), and all I really remember of Belle is that they made her a bookworm (and her role in her own Sega game sucked). In the interest of solidifying my own opinions, I picked up the film again and gave it a watch, eager to see why we still think of it so fondly.
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