From contributor Nathan Goldwag, perhaps the most interesting thoughts of the week.
DISCLAIMER: Nathan knows little to nothing about any of the topics he will be discussing in the following post. Literally everything here may be complete and spurious nonsense.
The films of Hayao Miyazaki are rightfully beloved for many reasons, one of which is their feminism. The protagonists of almost all of his movies are women or girls, who take center stage in his narratives, supported by boys, but never supplanted. Avoiding the cliche of the “strong female character”, Miyzaki’s heroines feel frightfully real, endowed with strengths and weaknesses but always characterized by empathy, kindness, and determination. Many, many smarter people than I have examined and discussed this aspect of these movies, but I do think there’s something that goes unnoticed: Miyazaki’s deep admiration for the practice of physical labor, and the ways in which this intersects with feminism to create a coherent narrative.
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