We Are in Love With the New She-Ra Design (And the Awful Men Hating on It Is Just a Bonus)
— Noelle Stevenson (@Gingerhazing) July 16, 2018
Over the weekend, the first images from Netflix & Dreamwork’s upcoming She-Ra reboot showed up online. Noelle Stevenson, the Eisner-winning creator of Lumberjanes and Nimona, will be serving as showrunner and executive producer, and we’ve been anxiously waiting to see what her take on the beloved 80s character would look like. We are not disappointed.
HERE YA GO FELLAS, IT’S OUR NEW SHE-RA pic.twitter.com/OtSSloGgeJ
— Peg (@pearlhouzuki) July 14, 2018
The images were released in EW, and we’ve also gotten permission to post them here. Not only does She-Ra look amazing, but the other “Princesses of Power” look totally badass.
Glimmer, Bow and Adora
Catra and Adora
There’s so much to be excited about. The original She-Ra told the story of Princess Adora, the long-lost twin sister of Prince Adam (aka He-Man). She’s able to transform into She-Ra via the Sword of Protection, the parallel to her brother’s Sword of Power. The show was an over-the-top 80s joy, and Stevenson is such a fantastic choice to bring us a more modern but equally fantastic version. The new animation style totally reflects that. It’s so cool to see a more realistic-looking She-Ra, with muscled arms and a more practical (but still gorgeous) outfit. Plus, in the original, Adam and Adora were 16-year-old children. I’m not sure if that will be true of the reboot, but it’s nice to see a youthful, playful-looking She-Ra.
Not everyone is happy about the new design, of course. A whole bunch of grown-ass dudes have felt the need to let us all know this new She-Ra–a character from an animated children’s show–doesn’t sufficiently impress them and their potential boners. I don’t even want to give these weirdos the attention of embedding their tweets, but boy, they are super mad that She-Ra no longer lives up to the scale of hotness they demand from what is, again, a show for children.
The She-Ra announcement is great because
1) It looks really awesome
2) I get to see actual adult men complain that a drawing of a lady made for children isn’t making their pee pee go hard like that’s a valid criticism and something totally normal to admit on social media
— Rachael Stott (@RachaelAtWork) July 16, 2018
She-Ra is a children’s cartoon. If you’re complaining that it’s not sexy enough for you..rethink your lives. pic.twitter.com/qr23SOXlyf
— Jamal Igle™ (@JAMALIGLE) July 15, 2018
Every straight dude in their 30s complaining that the new She-Ra design is different from what they remember: pic.twitter.com/2BmZYXmaAt
— Arkady (@arkadycosplay) July 15, 2018
At its core, this anger over a lack of conventional hotness isn’t really about the character. It’s about these men not being able to handle anything, including a show that is and always has been primarily aimed at young girls, that doesn’t take their desires into account before all else. This demand to have an ownership over She-Ra’s appearance is a bit of an extreme (though not unusual) example, but it does shine a light on just how pervasive this notion is. There are far too many men who are genuinely angered by the existence of anything that treats them not even with disdain, but with indifference. Even things that are for women or girls must first and foremost appease men or risk angering or alienating them.
So here’s my problem with the “She-Ra should be sexy!” thing. It’s basically saying that young girls can’t have anything for themselves. Media aimed at them must first appeal to grown men. And that’s insidious.
— Annalee (@leeflower) July 15, 2018
It’s easy for me to roll my eyes and say “She-Ra’s not for you.” But claiming girls’ heroes should be sexually attractive to adult men is saying that girls should be taught to prioritize being attractive to adult men. And that’s way, way worse than being weird about a cartoon.
— Annalee (@leeflower) July 15, 2018
(image: Filmation Associates / Mattel)
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