Today’s “Thursday Your Say” is about feminist issues in Winx Club.
The critics are at it again. (We might as well get used to it, fellow Winx fans.) In their article in a college web magazine called Catalyst, the writer — a Winx Club viewer — claims the show spreads anti-feminist messages. Here are some of them in her own words:
- “You’re not capable of happiness or beauty unless you have a boyfriend.”
- “Your boyfriend comes before everything, including saving the world and your best friends.”
- “If you are 16 and you don’t have a boyfriend, you have failed.”
- “Short skirts and dresses are key.” (I didn’t quote the second half because it’s a bit crude.)
- “If you don’t have the tiniest, stringiest arms and legs, you’re ‘plus-size’ and hence not accepted.”
- “You are submissive to your boyfriend.”
- “Even if you’re evil, you still need a boyfriend. And to be submissive to him.”
She closes by saying brands like Winx Club will lead some girls to “believe that seeking the manliest partner and wearing a short skirt should be their highest priorities in life – closely followed by saving the world with magic, of course.”
(Feel free to read the whole article, but just a warning: it’s definitely not G-rated.)
YOUR SAY: What’s your response to this? Do you agree with any of her points?