Real Heroines Wear Bustiers

Some things I've discovered while re-watching episodes of She-Ra (thanks, Hulu!):

  • She-Ra doesn't start out on the side of good. She's a Force Captain for the Horde. And then she learns how the Horde really treats the people of Eternia, and she doesn't like it. So she turns rebel. This is a pretty awesome character arc for an eighties heroine.
  • He-Man sounds a lot like Adam West.
  • Maybe it's that I'm an erotic romance author currently editing an erotic romance manuscript, but -- there are a lot of things in this cartoon that look like a penis. Swords, of course. Certain cartoon plants. That giant roaring thing on Beast Island with the mushroom head. He-Man's haircut totally looks like a penis.
  • What is it about space operas and the idea of rebellion as a moral good? Is it because of the way Star Wars made us feel before Lucas joined the Dark Side under Palpatine?
  • She-Ra has a horse, Spirit, who becomes a flying unicorn named Swiftwind. This is awesome. Unfortunately, Swiftwind also speaks in a deep manly voice, which is kinda creepy.
  • I don't care what the mythology says: we all know She-Ra and He-Man should be a couple.
  • The Horde's great weapon in episode three is powered by "the energy of willpower." Come on.
  • Pantslessness is very much the norm on Etheria.
  • He-Man's sword magic is unleashed "by the power of Greyskull," while She-Ra's is "by the honor of Greyskull." This is irksome. Men always have power, and women are stuck with honor, or its synonym: reputation. Men are praised for what they do (objective standards), and women for what how they seem to others (subjective standards). If they were uncomfortable giving power to the show's female lead, couldn't they at least have gone with something less obviously gendered? Courage, perhaps? Or justice? Sigh . . . I wish eighties culture didn't let me down so often in retrospect.