Last year I wrote a blog post on Okazu about Maria-sama ga Miteru, Bodacious Space Pirates, The Bechdel Test and portrayals of women in anime that were genuinely strong (as opposed to the “strong woman” trope of body-suited chick with big gun). The article has now been published in an academic online journal on feminist studies, labrys. It’s been cleaned up so there is less presumption of knowledge of the series discussed for non-fan readers, so please feel free to share the link with media and feminist studies folks.
It’s a Woman’s World: Maria-sama ga Miteru, Bodacious Space Pirates, “strong women” and the Bechdel Test
It’s also been added to the Yuricon Essays page. If you’ve written something that belongs there, please let me know, we’re always looking for Yuri scholarship to add!