So, I’m going to start this off with a huge disclaimer:  I am not an expert on either feminism or anime … or anything!

While I did have some experience studying women’s issues in my undergrad, it’s been 4 years since I graduated and in these years I’m afraid that my brain has turned to mush.  Writing about and analyzing the media I consume is an effort to reclaim my gray matter from the forces of the brain slug known as real life.

My undergrad degree is in English (aka useless), but my writing skills have also fallen victim to the mushification of disuse.  Here’s hoping that both my critical thinking and writing skills will improve with this project!

In any given hobby or niche, there are those who are very passionate about the subject and passionate about sharing it with others.  Personally, I’m one of those people who exists within this subculture, but I love to critique it, study it, analyze it. It’s just who I am, and I believe that thinking critically about the things you love can lead to very interesting discoveries. We should all think critically about the subjects we love, and the media we consume, lest we become sheep!

Since my academic background in feminism is pretty weak (and you know, I’m a human being), I’m sure I’ll make mistakes and struggle to find my way.  My biases are certainly there, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to use my experiences in the most positive way possible.

That brings me to another huge disclaimer:  I am an American and thus view both anime and feminism through a red white and blue lens.

My viewpoint will be as an American looking at the imported product of another culture – this is a huge challenge but also a great opportunity to explore how media is viewed (and enjoyed!) by two very different cultures.

So that’s a brief description of who I am as related to this blogging project!

Some other random facts about me:

• I’m 26 years old.
• I have two cats that are diametrically opposed to one another in looks, personality and behavior.
• I live in Southern Arizona.
• I end up loving characters in anime who die. If I love a character, truly love a character, he or she will die by the end of the series. Guaranteed.


13 Responses to About

  1. Haha. I can relate, though I’m quite older than you. This post may be of interest to you: A Revolution in Me: Discovering Revolutionary Girl Utena.

  2. Dailyotaku says:

    ” I end up loving characters in anime who die. If I love a character, truly love a character, he or she will die by the end of the series. Guaranteed.”

    funny fact, but same here ;/

  3. I just want to tell you that I really enjoy your thoughts and analyzations of gender issues or “norms” or whatever present in anime and manga. It really hasn’t been something I’ve thought about until recently and your posts are sort of an insight. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be following this blog for a bit.


    • Caddy C says:

      Awesome! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed what I write! :) The idea is to start a discussion about gender representation in anime/manga, so the more the merrier!

  4. sakura says:

    I totally relate.

    Stop killing all my gorgeous snipers! Gundam, FMP, Macross Frontier, I’m looking at you!

  5. Heather says:

    I am very happy to have found your blog. I look forward to exploring it and keeping updated.

    • I end up loving characters in anime who die. If I love a character, truly love a character, he or she will die by the end of the series. Guaranteed.

    LOL, my husband points out his favorite char in the first or second episode of each anime we watch, then he turns to me and smiles, “You know what that means?? They’re going to DIE!! Damn you for killing another favorite character.”

    • Caddy C says:

      Welcome!! (I don’t update nearly as often as I’d like, yikes!) But I’m glad to have someone else interested in reading my rambling thoughts!

      Awww, I’m sorry that you share my dead-character predicament :( It’s so sad! And it always happens!!

  6. LuvnAnime says:

    So glad I came across your blog. Bookmarked your blog and ready for the discussions to begin.

    • Caddy C says:

      Awesome! I’m not writing as often as I’d like nowadays, but I’m looking forward to your thoughts regardless!

  7. RenKiss says:

    Hello, just found your blog. It’s nice to come across someone who is into anime and feminism. :P

  8. CellarDoor says:

    Thank you so much. Thank you for just existing. This is amazing. Your blog is amazing. You are amazing.

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