What I think, anon, is that anyone who claims Juvia is sexually harassing Gray must certainly also be claiming that Gray has sexually harassed Juvia in turn. Because there’s no way anyone could be so biased and sexist as to look at the series as whole, and label the one moment of Juvia asking to be hit by Gray for failing to retrieve Zeref, as sexual harassment, while completely dismissing the following:
Gray has groped Juvia, Gray has stripped naked in front of Juvia on several occasions, and Gray has tried to peek on Juvia naked in the hot spring.
But, of course maybe they’d say, OH, but that groping thing was an accident, and he let go and apologized for it. Oh really? Play out that same scene in reality, and see where that apology would get him. But, then they might say, but she was just fine with it! Did she LOOK fine? She even flat out said it was embarrassing. This is absolutely sexual harassment.
But then there’s the stripping thing. That’s just Gray’s shtick! It’s a running gag, and Juvia has even openly fawned over Gray’s naked body before. Ah, indeed, but then there are moments like these:
They show Juvia CLEARLY not ok with Gray exposing himself. Contradicting? Perhaps, but the case still stands that there are moments where Gray’s stripping makes her uncomfortable enough to cover her eyes. Again, it’s sexual harassment regardless.
And then, we come to the attempted peeking. Technically, they never succeeded, so it was failed sexual harassment.
Perhaps in this case you’d use the argument that Juvia would enjoy her beloved Gray-sama seeing her naked. Oh yeah? Notice what she says when Levy and Wendy wonder if it’s the boys trying to peek on them. She gets angry and claims that Gray-sama would NEVER do such a thing. In other words, she feels like that behavior is BENEATH Gray, and that he would never do something inappropriate and wrong like that. Sorry to burst your bubble, Juvia.
Juvia is actually incredibly shy about her body. So Gray’s naked behavior makes her uncomfortable. AGAIN, THAT is the JOKE. They have some opposite tendencies that conflict with each other. But that’s also what makes things fun. However, you remove the fun when you condemn Juvia for her instances of humor, while completely letting Gray’s actions slide. Juvia is ALWAYS judged far more harshly, and by these real world standards and ultra-critical logic, but people rarely, if ever apply the same type of standards and logic to anyone else in this series, let alone Gray.
And that’s not even considering that there have been MANY moments where a number of characters have done inappropriate things to each other:
But no, the above moments, especially Gray’s are all obviously meant as a joke, while Juvia’s moment is clearly not meant comedically AT ALL. Stop sexually harassing Gray, Juvia! You’re so inappropriate. [/sarcasm]
Yes, anon, I think anyone claiming Juvia is “sexually harassing” Gray, needs to get over themselves, and their biased reasoning. The fact is, ALL of these moments are meant as comedy and fanservice. The series is labeled “ecchi” for a reason. End of story. Don’t find the moments funny? Go read something else, and stop condemning manga characters with your flawed logic. Especially when under the same critical standards being applied to Juvia, Gray has harassed her TRIPLE the amount of times (groping, attempted peeking, stripping naked in front of her (countless times)).
Also, just an aside, poor Lucy! ^^;