A decade later we would have Billy Elliot, rendering this more or less useless.
Hey y’all, I’ll be at Otakon this weekend; if you’re gonna be there, feel free to say hi!
In the meantime, just so y’all have content, I’m recapping the new season of Rick & Morty for The Mary Sue. Hopefully that’ll tide y’all over until Monday. Take care!
Here at AniFem we talk a lot about fanservice—no surprise, given how predominant and normalized the sexualization of (mostly female) characters is in the industry. But it’s far from a cut-and-dried issue: a boobs ‘n’ butts show about adults isn’t the same as panty shots of a 13-year-old which, in turn, isn’t the same as fetishizing helplessness. And all of that can make it difficult to suss out grey zones like bawdy comedy or actual sex-positive content grounded in character agency. It’s easy to make a checklist and call it a day, and while everyone has their own line in the sand, those grey zones are worth exploring.
I got together with some fellow nerds to talk about the excellent (if sometimes uneven) coming-of-age story/queer romance, Flip Flappers!
Topics of discussion include (so much) yonic imagery, sexuality metaphors, holding onto personhood after motherhood, and sad garbage children doing their best.