feminine perspective

Goddess Archetypes.

Goddess, from a feminine perspective, represents a particular feminine archetype. Archetype, as a concept, is at the foundation of Carl Jung’s psychological works. Archetypes are deep enduring patterns of thought and behavior laid down in the human psyche that remain powerful over long periods of time and transcend cultures. Archetypes form the basis for all unlearned, instinctive patterns of behavior that humankind–regardless of culture–shares in common. Archetypes are found in dreams, literature, art and myth and communicate to us through many symbols. Archetypes compose the ultimate source of psychic symbols which, in turn, attract energy, structure it and influence the creation of civilization and culture. Consider: male and female organs are, in fact, symbols for the archetypal energies known by the Chinese as yin and yang. Archetypes also go beyond the psyche bridging inner and outer worlds.

A goddess is the form that a feminine archetype may take. Goddess types represent models of ways of being and behaving that we women all share and recognize from the collective unconscious. In fairy tales this archetype may be revealed to us as a queen, a princess or a witch. In our nighttime dreams we tap into the collective unconscious whereby we access the common pool of archetypal images. Goddesses, as a feminine archetype, remain alive to this day in the psychology of women; and, depending upon which energies are more pronounced, influence her personality with a distinct character, a way of being, a way of relating in the world–a way of offering her special gifts. In other words, women are a blend of these types with particular types predominating while other qualities may be more recessive–out of her conscious awareness.

Much Ado About Crystal

It’s unpopular to take the stance that I have, but this post is about why Sailor Moon Crystal is not the piece of garbage that many diehard Moonies claim it to be.

Here are the top 5 reasons a Moonie should consider (or reconsider) why Crystal is a gem of the Sailor Moon Universe:

1. It’s the most authentic version of Naoko Takeuchi’s story, other than the manga.

Many fans are aware of how unhappy Takeuchi was with the original classic anime. As a young female success story that brought the feminine perspective to the historically male superhero genre, Takeuchi was ruffled by the male take on her girl power platform when the 90s anime debuted. Many of her original storylines were altered (too many to recount now), but the most problematic ones for Naoko likely had to do with the patriarchal interpretation of her story.

The “male gaze,” imperceptible to many at the time the anime was created (and imperceptible even now, to some) contaminates the 90s anime (from hidden frames where women’s bodies are shamelessly and needlessly displayed—likely sneaked in for the bored male animators’ amusement— to countless subplots involving male predatory behavior and female instability, to the incessant playing up of negative female stereotypes). When one stops to really compare the source material with the 90s anime, it doesn’t take a long time to see why Takeuchi might have been crestfallen by the 90s anime.

Crystal allows fans to relish her original vision, and see it come alive. I was rewatching it earlier and I am truly blown away by the depth of emotion explored. I really feel like I am watching and celebrating the storyline that Takeuchi always wanted us to enjoy.

2. Mamoru and Usagi’s characterizations make for a healthier romance.

Let’s face it, it’s not a middle schooler and a college student together (although, in my personal opinion, the taboo nature of that aspect of their relationship had a lot to do with the societal norms that they reincarnated into). Moreover, it’s refreshing to not have to watch Usagi whine every two minutes, the way she does in classic. Put the cold and distant portrayal of an older Mamoru with that from the 90s anime, and you get a story where he acts more like a father figure to an insolent child. The original Mamoru and Usagi dynamic depicted in the manga carries into Crystal, creating a more realistic, less problematic romance that fans can get behind (although, in a future blog post, I am going to defend the crap out of 90s Mamoru and Usagi, so get ready!)

3. The artwork is quite beautiful.

I know, I know, don’t jump all over me at once. I know that there have been several criticisms about the artwork and animation of Sailor Moon Crystal, including this incredibly popular (and highly entertaining) tumblr called Crystal Quality. Once I removed myself from that criticism and started rewatching Season I of Crystal without bias, I truly enjoyed how close the art style is to the original manga. Again, when you remind yourself that the purpose of Crystal was to honor Takeuchi’s original story, and that it’s not meant to recreate the 90s anime, it’s pretty cool to see an interpretation of her drawing style come to life. (No comment at the moment on Season III’s artwork style. I’m still coming to terms about how I feel about it. I will say that I kind of miss the Season I and II style.)

4. There are no filler episodes.

Now, don’t me wrong, I know this argument can go both ways. Did we get a lot more character development in the 90s anime? Absolutely. Is that because there were filler episodes? Undoubtedly. At the same time, if you truly go into Crystal with the mindset that this is watching a living, breathing version of the manga, and with enough backstory about the characters, you can appreciate Crystal a lot more. In other words, don’t go into Crystal expecting the 90s anime. They are different beasts, with different intentions.

5. The music is INCREDIBLE.

If you can’t get behind any of the above, I know you can at least get behind the fact that Crystal boasts an impressive soundtrack. It’s beautiful, stunning, modern, with occasional throwbacks to the 90s (“Eien Dake Ga Futari Wo Kakeru,” anyone?). Give it a listen. It stands well on its own, but in the context of the show, it’s got a variety cheerful, upbeat, haunting, and dramatic pieces to accompany the scenery.

I hope you will reconsider Crystal if you have dismissed it as garbage and that “the fans deserve better.”

I’ll give you this: I definitely have to be in the right mood to watch Crystal. Just as I have to be in a certain mood to watch the 90s anime. I watch Crystal when I am in a pensive mood and want to sort of watch the “porn” version of the manga and truly celebrate Takeuchi’s vision. When I do this, I appreciate what Crystal was trying to do. I watch classic when I want to laugh and remember what the 90s interpretation was. I celebrate each version of the anime for what they do well. Again, like I said, they truly are different beasts.

Tune in next time for more thoughtful analysis around the Sailor Moon fandom.


ugly-scented-candles  asked:

Is there a way to explain how ADHD affects a person to family and friends? I want them to understand without saying things like, "oh, well, that happens to me too"

I like Ryan Higa’s video about ADHD. It’s like being in my head, except for the burping part (gross). If you want a video with a more feminine perspective on ADHD, try Hannah Hart’s video, and Lilly Singh’s video (and this other one).


Books for Aspiring Scholars: Feminine Perspectives

Here are two books I highly recommend that change the perspective that our religion is usually interpreted through. Both of them are written by women, and both are a refreshing change of pace from the usual male bias on Islamic exegesis.

  • Sexual Ethics in Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence by Kecia Ali
  • Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective by Amina Wadud

Feminine Perspective by Doll Fashionista
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“Feminine Perspective "Agnes Von Weiss relaxing after traveling to Tucson. Fun times with my friends @need2say and @factoryBoy