As a young girl, I’ve always looked up to Sailor Moon and her squad: schoolgirls by day, and kick-ass feminist soldiers by night. I remember coming home from school in the first grade and refusing to do anything but watch back-to-back episodes of my all-time favourite anime series. As you can imagine, when I heard that there was a Sailor Moon exhibit on my last day in Tokyo, I raced to Roppongi Hills with heart palpitations in my chest to relive memories from my beloved childhood show.
Watching Sailor Moon taught me so many lessons that all young girls should know from the get-go, like the importance of taking care of your best friends and refusing to give up, no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. But I think my biggest takeaway from the TV series is that there are so many different ways to be strong.
Which brings me to …
The “F” word: Feminism.
Why are we so afraid of it?
My theory is that we are misunderstanding the true meaning of the concept. To me, feminism is about acknowledging one’s own strength as a woman and empowering others to recognize their own. Pretty simple, huh?
Here’s where I think some of us are getting confused: A woman’s strength is not about acting cold or more masculine to get things done. Strength manifests in so many different ways.
Feminism is not a movement exclusive to serious, “non-girly” women. We don’t have to compromise who we are for others to see our strength because we all possess unique talents we can use to liberate us as a whole.
If you’re a girly-girl, like me, and use your love of makeup and fashion to make other women feel as beautiful as they are on the inside, then you are wonderful!
If you’re a no-nonsense businesswoman hustling to climb the corporate ladder at your nine to five, then you are incredible!
If you’re an athlete training day in and day out to become the very best you can be, both physically and mentally, then you are remarkable!
If you’re a stay-at-home mom building a loving home for your children to make sure they have a bright future, then you are marvelous!
If you’re a woman in STEM who inspires other women and younger girls to pursue careers in traditionally male-dominated fields, then you are amazing!
Remember that you can be any combination of the girly-girl, the no-nonsense businesswoman, the athlete, the stay-at-home mom, or the woman in STEM, all of them at once, or none at all. It’s up to you.
We can see this concept in the context of the animated TV series. Serena’s power was her ability to love others unconditionally, while Sailor Mercury leveraged her knowledge of computers to defeat monsters in the Negaverse. Sailor Mars rid the world of evil spirits by using her heightened spirituality and controlling fire. The list of characters and their unique superpowers goes on and on …
Browsing through the exhibit reminded me of all the women in my life, how they are all so unique, yet so remarkably strong, in their own ways. Just like Sailor Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the rest of the Sera Senshi (Sailor Soldiers)!
At the end of the exhibit, there was a gift shop where I picked up Sailor Moon falsies, compact mirrors, and other memorabilia. Click here to read about my Sailor Moon beauty haul!
What was your favourite TV show as a child? Did you watch Sailor Moon too? Who was your favourite soldier? (For the record, my favourite was Sailor Neptune, Soldier of the Ocean)