A new version of the Sailor Moon anime has restored previously censored same-sex relationships restored to the series.
The original anime show – released in the US in 1995 – was subject to heavy censorship compared to the the Japanese source material, with lovers Sailors Uranus and Neptune portrayed as ‘cousins’.
However, a new restored version of the show will be released, finally restoring the relationship between the pair, as well as several other LGBT characters.
The revamped version of the show, produced by Toei Animation and released in the US by Viz Media, is part of a deal which will entail new releases of over 200 TV episodes, three films, and several TV specials.
A statement from Viz said: “The uncut and uncensored VIZ Media release of SAILOR MOON, featuring its original uncropped 4:3 aspect ratio, will also feature all original Japanese names, story elements and relationships, as well as an all-new, uncut English dub with a new voice cast.”
Masayuki Endo, of Toei Animation said: “We’re pleased to partner with VIZ Media to bring the beloved SAILOR MOON anime series back to North America.
“This fresh uncut and uncensored release of SAILOR MOON featuring the most accurate adaptation available will be just as creator Naoko Takeuchi intended. We look forward to fans current and new discovering and falling in love with this classic series all over again!”
Viz senior manager Charlene Ingram said: “It has also never seen a complete and proper unedited release in North America…until now!”
new lgbtq women tag
Recently yilduza has requested a tag which could be shared for all women who are attracted to other women, be they lesbians, bisexual, pan, etc - one that is shared and not already in use (e.g. #biphobia #sapphobia, #lesbophobia, etc). A tag for shared experiences which promotes solidarity and is open for all ladies interested in ladies (regardless of whether or not they have other attractions or are only interested in women.) this would absolutely be transwomen inclusive.
this tag would be rather simply named with a fun latin combo:
di for two and femina for women
I think that covers it.
this has been a collaborative effort between a number of bi and lesbian women because we’ve been wanting a collective space to discuss our issues as women who love women that’s not split, like the lesbophobia and biphobia and sapphobia tags. this is not an attack on those tags, we merely want a more inclusive space where we can collectively discuss both our shared experiences and our different ones!
i would really, really appreciate it if anyone interested would reblog this even if you’re not lgbtq, and even if you don’t personally like us because this tag isn’t about us it’s about creating a space for our community.
in addition, a reminder that trans women who love women are welcome in this tag, so please keep your transphobic bs out of it.
non-binary people who identify with womenhood or as partially women or who are otherwise comfortable posting in a women-for-women tag are absolutely welcome as well. let’s please try and keep this a trans welcoming space!
My mother once told me that trauma is like Lord of the Rings. You go through this crazy, life-altering thing that almost kills you (like say having to drop the one ring into Mount Doom), and that thing by definition cannot possibly be understood by someone who hasn’t gone through it. They can sympathize sure, but they’ll never really know, and more than likely they’ll expect you to move on from the thing fairly quickly. And they can’t be blamed, people are just like that, but that’s not how it works.
Some lucky people are like Sam. They can go straight home, get married, have a whole bunch of curly headed Hobbit babies and pick up their gardening right where they left off, content to forget the whole thing and live out their days in peace. Lots of people however, are like Frodo, and they don’t come home the same person they were when they left, and everything is more horrible and more hard then it ever was before. The old wounds sting and the ghost of the weight of the one ring still weighs heavy on their minds, and they don’t fit in at home anymore, so they get on boats go sailing away to the Undying West to look for the sort of peace that can only come from within. Frodos can’t cope, and most of us are Frodos when we start out.
But if we move past the urge to hide or lash out, my mother always told me, we can become Pippin and Merry. They never ignored what had happened to them, but they were malleable and receptive to change. They became civic leaders and great storytellers; they we able to turn all that fear and anger and grief into narratives that others could delight in and learn from, and they used the skills they had learned in battle to protect their homeland. They were fortified by what had happened to them, they wore it like armor and used it to their advantage.
It is our trauma that turns us into guardians, my mother told me, it is suffering that strengthens our skin and softens our hearts, and if we learn to live with the ghosts of what had been done to us, we just may be able to save others from the same fate."
S.T.Gibson (via sarahtaylorgibson)
While we celebrated LGBT Pride in June, four trans women of color were murdered across the country.
Mark Dorf is a Brooklyn-based artist who is interested in how we define and quantify our surroundings through math and science. Take a look at his photographs: http://nyr.kr/1k0hHr4
"Most mass murderers do not go from zero to 60. Rodger made escalating assaults on women (splashing coffee on them, attempting to shove them off a ledge) before his killing spree. Both Cho and Justin-Jinich’s murderer harassed women before they killed anyone. When such acts go unnoticed and unpunished — because we expect men to harass women, and it’s not outrageous or even noteworthy when they do — they can become stepping-stones to more conspicuous and less socially acceptable acts of violence."
Interesting to note that while a history of animal cruelty is widely accepted to be a link with becoming a serial killer, the link between cruelty towards women and killing women is still up for debate. If a guy abuses a cat and then shoots women we say "we should have seen it coming that guy was nuts", but if abuses women and then shoots women we say "we had no way of seeing it coming that guy was a perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human”.
sailor moon crystal: one gifset per episode → usagi - sailor moon (act. 1)
Many of us understand sex and gender as categorically separate when envisioning trans women. How do we enforce transmisogyny through biological essentialist views of what we define as “sex” when imagining trans women? This storify examines how we enforce physical & ontological gender violence through non-consensual cisnormative separations of sex and gender. Sex is very much a gendered concept with its own colonial and violent baggage.
Note: This is a partial storify. Read the full version here