The Problem With Anime Sexism NOBODY Wants To Admit

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Written by Theo J Ellis

As usual, the proud social justice warriors of the west won’t rest with their critical complaints of anime. And the industry being so-called “sexist” in its TV shows.

This argument’s been going on for so long you’d think the topic is ancient like the coliseum in Rome. But it’s a tired belief of western society trying to control everything they dislike.

Especially when it “hurts” their feelings and they’re so self-righteous that it’s pompous..

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We know people in the west coddle women like 6-year-old children. Always in need of protection when their feelings are hurt, as if they’re incapable of helping themselves.

And western media in particular is known to bend over backwards to their politically correct, pie in the sky demands.

 

But that will NEVER happen in the anime industry

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This is what makes SJW’S so mad and uptight about anime characters and anime in general. Because no matter how loud they scream, Japan can’t hear.

I guess their headphones are turned up too loud (for good reason).

Jokes aside – I wanna talk about the MAIN problem with this so called “sexism” in the anime industry. And why it’s based on a false notion born out of hypocrisy and bias.

So let’s get to it!

 

The Problem With Anime Sexism:

 

1. Nobody will admit there are DOUBLE STANDARDS at play

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But sexism is a term that ONLY refers to women! It doesn’t apply to Men because nobody gives a f*ck, right?

Exactly.

This is the line of thinking of anime feminists and anyone who complains about sexism in the anime industry.

You see, we all know how convenient it is to complain about females being “exploited” in the anime industry, because most people will take it as gospel in the west. As if it’s an act of evil.

But how about when BOYS are exploited in anime for the female audience?

Why is that never an issue?

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I’m not a fan of fan service myself, at least not to the extremes and when it’s overused, but I’m not about to sit here and act like it’s a bad thing.

Same thing with stereotypes.

While anime is aimed at boys for the most part since guys are the main demographic, it swings both ways.

Guys just don’t complain about it the way women do.

 

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Let’s use this video as an example.

How many of us have seen comedy anime where the girl PUNCHES the guy for entertainment?

A lot the time the male protagonist doesn’t even do anything out the ordinary. But the girl will punch him in the face at every chance she gets for “looking” at her the wrong way.

Sometimes it’s about some type of hierarchy that dictates “women are more important than Men”, or “if a women hits you, shut the f*ck up and suck it up”.

 

Why isn’t this form of comedy looked at as “sexism” in the anime community?

food wars male fan service

Or how about male fan service that appeals to women. There are plenty of anime like this. Food Wars being one example.

Many times in Food Wars because of the type of anime it is, guys get “practically” naked and fan service is taken to the level of extreme. And yet nobody bats an eye.

But the moment females pop up on screen and they’re the ones being “exposed”, the USA in particular starts b*tching about it.

 

Let’s take it a step further

anna nishikinomiya yandere girl

You may or may not have seen Shimoneta, produced by J.C Staff. It’s an Ecchi series so fan service is a given.

In the 4th episode of this anime, the male protagonist Tanukichi Okuma is RAPED by the female character Anna Nishikinomiya.

The whole scene revolves around Anna’s insecurities, extreme jealousy and possessive nature (Yandere traits).

After stalking him and everything that follows, Anna rapes Tanukichi in a scene I can only describe as one of the cringiest episodes I’ve watched.

And this is all in the name of comedy!

 

Where were these social justice warriors back in 2015?

Even though this anime is controversial in its themes of perversion and sexual tendencies, I don’t remember anyone getting bent out of shape about Shimoneta.

All these sexism activists (if we can call them that) were nowhere to be found. And I haven’t seen a single website or SJW report on this at all.

There’s a good reason for that.

 

Social justice warriors only show up when it fits their agenda

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Equality doesn’t exist among these “people”. And they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re selectively stupid.

They know when it comes to the portrayal of women in the west, and how sensitive people are on these topics, if they cry about it everyone will come running to their rescue.

 

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That’s why when Goblin Slayer aired back in October 2018 and the rape scene involving Goblins was shown, they rushed to Twitter to cry about it.

But when the gender roles are flipped not only don’t they give a F, they don’t lose any sleep over it either.

Related: This Is The BEST List Of Goblin Slayer Quotes That Are Meaningful

 

2. Anime sexism swings both ways

I already mentioned this but it’s worth saying again: Anime sexism swings BOTH ways.

You can’t just cry about sexism on one side of the argument, and then turn your back when the SAME thing happens to the opposite gender.

All this proves is how hypocritical you are and how you’re really promoting a false narrative about anime being something it’s not.

 

There’s a reason people believe anime is sexist

Gender Range Pie Chart Anime Motivation Company

The majority of anime’s audience is MALE. That’s no secret.

It’s similar to the Video Games industry when it comes to demographics.

Because of this fact a lot of anime are geared towards a male audience… Not surprising because anime studios are giving people what they WANT. It’s called “doing good business”.

Simple as that.

The problem begins when you as an anime fan (or just a plain SJW who doesn’t care about anime) starts to see the majority of anime highlighting certain themes involving women.

The more you see something, the more you start to associate it with THAT thing. That’s why stereotypes exist, and they’re usually blown out of proportion because of bias and habits.

 

It’s just like the “Yaoi” genre of anime

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This genre is designed for girls. Why? Because it’s about GAY male anime characters.

Guys kissing. Guys falling in love with each other. Gay relationships. The list goes on.

This is what the Yaoi genre is for. Not a lot of guys will watch it for obvious reasons. Mostly women watch it because that’s its purpose.

No different to how guys will watch anything with lesbians or just regular anime targeted towards them with female fan service.

 

And that doesn’t mean I’m discrediting sexism when it’s relevant

But the fact of the matter is, a lot of it isn’t grounded in reality or common sense. Just petty feelings coming from people who have nothing better to do online.

Some people just wanna complain because they can. That’s what the internet allows people to do.

 

With that in mind – let’s stop b*tching about “problems” that aren’t even real

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At the end of the day – Anime is Japanese. And guess what? It’s OK to dislike it.

Sh*t, you can even hate it if you want to. But don’t bring any of that politically correct nonsense into the picture, just because you don’t like it.

I don’t like reality TV shows or mainstream media that promote propaganda, all day everyday. And yet somehow they exist because people can’t help themselves from latching onto it.

I don’t see anybody protesting or making a big deal out of sh*t the Daily Mail, Fox News, and so many other propaganda-driven businesses get up to.

So all this political correctness surrounding anime sexism? You can put a sock in it.

REAL justice doesn’t pick and choose when it’s convenient. So it’s time we put this topic to BED.

 

I’ll end it with THIS video on anime sexism

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Remember – this isn’t about HATE, but food for thought and discussion.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Cacius
Cacius

You seem to think that sexism its just about bodyparts that are show for no good reasons. It not just about that. It also about how females characters are portray. Do they have an arc? Do they evolve? Do their characters only exist as a props for the male characters? Do they have theirs owns motivations that makes the storyline evolve? When you ask thoses questions, when comparing males and females characters, you’re gonna see trends that stand out . And that why I think thant most female characters are poorly written in anime. Most likely because of males writers… Read more »

Lee lo
Lee lo
Reply to  Cacius

1) imo if you look at the state of anime ON AVERAGE and you think the sexual objectification (And just in general poor representation both on and off the screen, not just sexual objectification) goes both ways in EQUAL directions (because nobody ever said it NEVER happened to men), you’re either lying to yourself or you switched into immediate white knighting mode because someone dared criticize your favorite genre concerning social issues. This person literally just said anime is a majority male audience and then goes on the say WhAt AbOuT ThE MaLe FaN SerVice FoR tHe WoMen? Like you… Read more »

Jen Lowe
Jen Lowe

this article is so disgusting and shameful. I am absolutely stunned that someone could watch more than a couple animes and still think there is no gender imbalance. Why is it so hard to understand that women don’t appreciate only being seen as sex objects. Because that is the value that so many animes give us. I have no problem with sex on TV and I have no problem with women being sexualized, it’s the imbalance I have a hard time with. Not to mention the stereo typical anime image of women is extremely damaging to young people, of both… Read more »

laughingcoyote
laughingcoyote
Reply to  Jen Lowe

I love anime, but in this day and age, it’s probably the most sexiest thing out there.

You have won the best typo award for this discussion.

Whetu
Whetu
Reply to  laughingcoyote

Now THIS is childish…

He who shall not be named
He who shall not be named
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

It is damaging to youth though..in a world where you’re exposed to these ideas of what ideal women should, look, act like etc you will be shaped from a young age to think this is well…the ideal. It’s setting up unrealistic expectations for future partners which can be damaging to relationships. I don’t understand how that isn’t harmful to young people it should be common sense.

Nobody is here
Nobody is here
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

This right here, is the pure epitome of truth.

Luzaina
Luzaina
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

You make some good points. But you can’t just be like “this is ok cause most of the anime fans are males”. You are not even a girl so you won’t understand what it’s like to have a representation of your gender that isn’t really good in many animes. You won’t understand how it feels like when most things are about the opposite gender’s fantasies while you have a few GOOD animes about your fantasies. You won’t understand cause most animes are for you. You aren’t the opposite gender so you won’t see the problem.

He who shall not be named
He who shall not be named
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Imagine the negative racial stereotype overplayed on a mass scale. Bet you’ll feel different after that, that’s what it’s like to watch anime as a woman.

Lama
Lama

I agree with u, it goes both ways but it’s not a competition at the end, it does not mean it doesn’t exist or that we should just ignore it, and u can’t deny the way some animes portrait females, extremely sexual and child like, with no depth (poorly written) which is creepy.
I don’t take the topic very serious yet again that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or we just should ignore,

Dubbltrubbl
Dubbltrubbl

Bro who wrote this needs to unswallow that red pill and read a book or 2 about feminism

*when you dont feel like putting your name*
*when you dont feel like putting your name*

I hate when people don’t even look towards other people’s sides of views, apparently when females are sexualized in anime people don’t have a problem with it. Then once a girl punches a man in an anime people all of the sudden have a problem? do you get what I’m saying? I can’t watch one anime that doesn’t have a naked woman in it for more watchers. Yes, the “main audience” are mostly straight men, I know that. What I think is that more people would start watching anime and reading manga if it didn’t sexualize women so much. I’m… Read more »

Nobody is here
Nobody is here

It’s the opposite. People look the other way when a girl punches a guy.

JJ a
JJ a
Reply to  Nobody is here

Actually, most men get up in arms about it because of the notion “girls are dainty,” I guess to guard their fragile masculine egos.

The same reason why in Star Wars, nobody had a problem of realism…. Until they started making powerful women characters do the same thing as the men.

swag
swag

dude why are you making this so serious it’s literally a show. oh my god this is so embarrasing..literally no one has ever complained about food wars, them getting n*ked grows on the watchers and most of us don’t care, ur totally not focusing on the plot and character development lolllll
i have never once in my life see someone complain about this stuff lord

Frog
Frog

Actually, I agree with a lot of the points you made! I think relying on the abuse of the male characters as awful and cringe, such as Sakura repeatedly punching Naruto, and the scene you mentioned. I think more people should talk about this! And the scene of Tanukichi Okuma’s rape was absolutely horrifying, and I hate that his sexual assault was played for laughs. However, I do think there are some points that you’re a bit off on. One, sexism isn’t solely a term for women, the word for that is misogyny. Sexism is just a word for discriminating… Read more »

DaLinkious1
DaLinkious1

Good Write-up, i have seen Shimoneta, its as you just said, no one will say anything about that since its not done towards a woman.
And no one will say sh*t about how many times Sakura has punched Naruto.

JJ a
JJ a
Reply to  DaLinkious1

Naruto is a sexist show, partially BECAUSE Sakura punches Naruto. That is the limit of her character development. She (and most women in that anime) behave like 5 year olds who throw temper tantrums or wait for the closest male to save them. But when the time comes to fight, ever notice how they get knocked down by a feather and are out of the fight? So sexism is not just about displaying women naked (which they do frequently in that show and I’m sick and tired of it.) Sexism is also the LACK of importance a character has, and… Read more »

John
John
Reply to  DaLinkious1

Really… I don’t know where you get all of this believing that sexism isn’t double standard in anime. Yes both men and women in anime have been exploited in one way or another no one is covering the fact that it doesn’t happen with men. The thing is that in anime it’s way more prevalent for women to be exploited. I’ve seen many anime’s joking about groping women’s boobs and grabbing girls butts. Also portraying the female character as weak and helpless without a male character. You are ignoring the fact that it’s a big problem for women and as… Read more »

Fated Genesi
Fated Genesi
Reply to  John

No one is covering the fact that it doesn’t happen with men.

…I don’t know if it’s just terrible wording, but you just said it doesn’t happen to men.

swag
swag
Reply to  John

then ur watching the wrong animes my friend

Lee lo
Lee lo
Reply to  John

Finally! Somebody that understands that social commentary is going to reflect the group that gets affected by it the most and that the topic of women in anime goes WAY beyond the sexual objectification of characters on screen. Don’t complain if you don’t have a problem with it but then don’t speak over and speak down to the people that do. People have a right to criticize just as you have the right to enjoy.

John
John
Reply to  Lee lo

Yes! Thank you! This is exactly what I am saying. I just cannot fathom how some people don’t think some of the anime content is uncomfortable and sexist. No one is trying to take anime away from everyone it just can be very disturbing to many people and I just don’t understand how some people can’t see that.

John
John
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Why are you so against feminism? Objectification is a thing that has been happening for years against women I really can’t see you not even admitting to that when you live in this society. And when you say “we” that may mean in your group of friends or people that you know, it doesn’t mean other people feel upset by it. This is an issue and the fact that you cannot admit to the oppression that women face on a daily basis is crazy. No one is trying to take anime away from you, some people just feel really uncomfortable… Read more »

Heyyy
Heyyy
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

But you are showing your point of view, and stating your opinions on the issue of women in anime. The things shown in media does reflect the way people view real-world issues. There was a post talking about a YouTube video where a guy in an anime tricked a girl into picking something up so he could see under her skirt. The problem was in the comments, people were commenting on how they were going to try this. Or how they had already done it. We shouldn’t dismiss misogyny in anime because it’s still harmful. As someone else mentioned, it’s… Read more »

Name
Name

You are one of the dumbest motherfuckers on planet Earth, and an ardent misogynist to boot. You’re so stupid it actually makes me hate you for your woman-hating slightly less, so congratulations I guess. Please hang or shoot yourself.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You make good points. That does not invalidate the criticism of anime/manga as containing istaphobic elements. You are criticizing it for containing istaphobic elements from a different perspective.

I think anime/manga should write both men and women better. I wish it would. Unfortunately, that seems unlikely in the foreseeable future.

That said, I refuse to demonize people who do like it. That is rude ad hominem attack that contributes nothing and does nothing to win hearts and minds.

uwu
uwu

Honestly in my opinion its more the fact that guys dont care if theres a shirtless dude only women do. They for some reason see themselves in these show and think their not represented fairly but the thing is its not representing anybody a movie isn’t you and its fantasy its not supposed to be accurate