So what’s up with all of these predatory chicks in yuri?
You know exactly what I’m referring to. I’m talking about the girls who are definitely into other girls but are also consistently shown to be way too aggressive or exploitive or creepy.
I mean, think back to Kuzu no Honkai. Sanae likes girls and the series does an excellent job exploring what it means to come to terms with your own sexuality and unrequited feelings as a confused teenager. However, Sanae also sort of forces herself onto her emotionally distraught and conflicted best friend and isn’t stopped because she use their friendship as a tool to get what she wants.
This really isn’t okay!
What about in Netsuzou TRap, where a clingy girl essentially gaslights and emotionally abuses her best friend out of petty feelings? I think most people remember what happened with Citrus since it’s so recent, so I’ll skip the summary for that one.
The point I’m trying to make is that these girls are manipulative and at least a little nasty. But they get away with it! People are fine with what they do because girl-on-girl is considered to be “hot” or because these girls have some sort of emotional hang-up or are messed up.
Sure, it makes for dramatic storylines which some people like to watch, admittedly. Yes, there are some people in real life who are really this bad. But this sort of conduct really paints lesbians in a bad light. Does every sexually-forward girl have to be like this? Can’t they just, I don’t know, ask their crush to meet them in front of the shed that’s behind the gym which is across from the homeroom classroom that’s in the left wing of the public school they both decided to attend because it’s nearby or something? What’s wrong with a good ol’ fashioned confession?
Maybe the people in charge consider non-toxic relationships to be too boring. Well, guess what? People who know about Kase-san are really into this “boring” couple that happens to have a very loving relationship that developed via wholesome means.
I get that toxic relationships, while terrible to be in, are considered to be exciting to watch by some. They’re, like, that white chocolate banana curry ice cream flavour! But I’m just trying to say we need some of that sweet vanilla stuff, too. And if almost every lesbian couple or implied lesbian couple includes a sneaky, creepy girl, then it just makes lesbians look bad.
Obviously anime never accurately reflects real life or defines a person and I think a lot of people are conscious of that. But some aren’t and they will start spouting some vile nonsense while acting holier than thou. Awful lesbian girls will just give them more fuel for hatespeech against queer romance.
So if having more varied anime characters isn’t good enough for you, then maybe that might change your mind. Or maybe not since the kind of individuals who start throwing around labels and accusations are always the kind you should ignore.
I’ve ranted enough. It’s 5:40 AM. I’ve got work in 20 minutes. Toodles.
I went for a more casual tone of voice here.
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