Taming the Tiger- a Barairo My Honey review

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There are, generally speaking, two types of josei titles: the down to earth ones and the Arlekin-like ones. Barairo My Honey is definitely the second type; I mean, the main love interest is the tall black-haired stern-face specimen who just so happens to have been born in wealth. Of course, we also have a rival who’s the laid-back boy next door. However, Ohmi Tomu, known for her Midnight Secretary and Spell of Desire, was in the mood of gifting us with an utterly cute and fresh romance. Let me tell you why this three-volume captured my affections. Continue reading

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On Emotions and Social Justice Modus Operandii

Introduction

Karen Araragi from the Monogatari series is a temperamental girl who kicks ass. In season 2, she exclaims that she and her sister Tsukihi are the Fire Sisters, called so because they stand for justice! For them, fire and flames are associated with justice. This appears to be the case for many social justice warriors (sjw) as well, some of whom spew flames and toxicity in their effort to bring down the system. What they often don’t realize is how Neronian and chuunibyou their behavior can be at times.

Foxy Lady Ayame and Neko-chi (who writes about the rvsa incident in Part 2a), attempt to describe the burning issue of social justice, talk about the bad side of tumblr, and pinpoint where movements like feminism can go wrong. Opening a can of worms, here we go! Long post ahead (5 pages) with very few images.

Reminders:

  • We are two different people. Just because we agree on certain points, assume not that we agree on everything.
  • Criticizing specific behaviors of (internet) activists doesn’t mean we are against social equality or that we don’t identify as feminists -we do.
  • The US readers should keep in mind that our opinions don’t fit strictly into the two political boxes they are used to, so trying to read them as x party’s statements misses the point -especially since we live in Europe.
  • If you want to comment, we’ll be very happy, but remember to do so politely. We retain every right to delete swears and if things get emotionally unbearable to disable the comment section.

Many thanks to John Sato and Phoenix who edited this sheet of words and to Lifesong who helped me clear out my thoughts and supported me in this project.

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We can do it! -a Taishou Baseball Girls review

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Taishou Baseball Girls (Taishou Yakyuu Musume) is one of those anime that at first seem pretty ordinary, due to their awfully cute design and the girls’ young age, but have an interesting premise; could baseball be an empowering activity for women who wished to gain independence in early 20th Century Japan. Fortunately, this is a case where our curiosity and interest for such stories led us to discover a great, sweet and thoughtful story.

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On Romantic Illusions – Part 3

Heteronormativity isn’t just about the presumption that everyone is heterosexual. The expectation that boys woo girls feeds into your mind the expectation that relationships are necessary for fulfilment, and you are less than if you are not having particular kinds of sex with a particular, and a particular kind of, person at particular intervals. It’s about what Lauren Berlant calls the love plot, in which love is produced as a generic text enabling society to interpret your life as following certain conventions. It’s not about what you want, it’s about what you’re supposed to want. You’re not encouraged to think about what you want in relationships, if anything, so much as you are encouraged to fit a script. Heteronormativity messes things up for everyone, straight people included.

~ Chally at Zero at the Bone

On the previous posts, we’ve talked about things like slut-shaming and sexual choices, cat calling, flirt and rape culture. In this last installment, I want to go back to ‘the basics’ and talk about all the small things we get wrong and lead to the downfall of a relationship. And in contrast to the other posts that were focused on heterosexuals, I’ll try including our queer friends here. Love and relationships aren’t solely for cis het people after all; it’s the dynamics that might be more or less problematic. Continue reading

On Romantic Illusions – Part 2

This might be romantic in fiction; not at all in real life.

I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty

~”Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

A lot of ruckus was generated this past month and continues to be stirred around this song, and not without reason. It actually says that men can interpret whatever gesture a woman makes as sign of horniness and agreeing to sexual advances, which is not only disrespectful but also dangerous for women. The song is climbing the charts and that’s worrisome. I am not going to give further attention to the singer or the song and its MV – I hope some lyrics are enough for you and please refrain from searching it on youtube and thus giving it more credit and views; but you can check the chilling comparison with rape survivors’ testimonies here. I want to step on it to talk about misconceptions in flirting, share some experiences and make certain things clear. Continue reading

On Romantic Illusions – Part 1

Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.

~ Charlie Chaplin in a letter to his daughter, Geraldine

 It so happened that during my e-walks I stumbled upon this quote and I felt quite akward till hair-raising. It seems very innocent and cute; nothing wrong with it, right? Me being a crabbed person who overanalyzes things might be a more possible scenario, some of you might think. I’m really sorry though that things aren’t like this, since I don’t consider myself a masochist to want to ruin my mood with every little thing.  Continue reading