Navigation Links
Anime's fan girls
Date:6/18/2009

Girls are gathering online to remake male-oriented Japanese animation videos into romances -- and in the process are picking up skills in film editing, storytelling and feminist literary criticism.

"Boys are more into the fighting aspects of anime," says Elizabeth Birmingham, an associate professor of English at North Dakota State University. "Girls have created this subculture where they cut the animation videos up, mix them around, and create their own stories, often romances."

Birmingham will discuss her research during a 4:30-5:35 p.m. session on Friday, June 19, in room 6 of Wellman Hall at UC Davis. Her presentation is part of Computers & Writing 2009, a four-day conference of about 250 writing researchers and instructors from around the world. The conference is sponsored by the University Writing Program at UC Davis.

One anime video, "Full Metal Alchemist," has inspired some 35,000 fan-girl remakes, says Birmingham, who has found that most fan girls are teenagers. She estimates there are hundreds of thousands of fan-girl videos on YouTube and other sites.

Anime is a style of animation that originated in Japan and favors action-filled plots with fantastic or futuristic themes. It is used in comic books, computer games and videos.

Birmingham, who also teaches gender studies, decided to research the fan-girl subculture when she discovered that fan-girl versions of anime stories often involve romances between male characters.

"I'm interested in why straight teenage girls are interested in this sexuality," she says.

One hypothesis: Fan girls choose to identify with male anime characters rather than create female characters because female anime characters often exist only as monster bait.

"By expressing themselves through boy characters, the girls can experience more active roles," Birmingham suggests. "They're dealing with the sexist artifacts of our culture, and deciding 'I'm not going to let them do this to me. I'm going to turn it on its head.'"


'/>"/>

Contact: Claudia Morain
cmmorain@ucdavis.edu
530-752-9841
University of California - Davis
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Close Monitoring May Help Troubled Teen Girls Avoid Pregnancy
2. With 15 Million Kids Expected to Go Hungry This Summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partners With Morgan Stanley to Launch Million Meal Summer Program
3. Girls and Math: Blame the Culture, Not Ability
4. AT&T Shares 2009 NCAA Womens College World Series With American Cancer Society and Boys & Girls Club
5. Study Demonstrates Internet Risks for Teen Girls
6. Provocative Online Portrayals Can Get Teen Girls in Trouble
7. One in five girls in upper secondary school suffers from school burnout
8. Changes(TM) Kit for Girls - What Every Girl Wants.
9. Amscot Financial Contributes to Brevard Countys Hacienda Girls Ranch, Providing a Safe Haven for Abused Girls
10. Gaining new insights into mentoring programs for adolescent girls
11. Black girls are 50 percent more likely to be bulimic than white girls
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Mediaplanet today ... for active, healthy lifestyles and highlighting the importance of proactive eye and ear ... and shares the latest innovations in hearing aid technology. , In this ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Radabaugh & ... assistance to communities in North-Central West Virginia, is embarking on a cooperative charity ... in the area. , The Chestnut Mountain Ranch (CMR) is a Christ-centered boarding ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... Humble, TX (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 ... ... insurance management and financial planning firm that serves residential and commercial clients in ... a charity drive to raise community support for the fight against cancer. , ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, has released ... pertaining to the mother of the Savior whom the world calls “Mother Mary”. Yisrayl says ... the role of this historical woman. , “The world bows, kisses the feet of, ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... , ... “Our Mountains to Climb: A Journey of Love and Faith Through ... through the faith they shared to overcome struggles in life. “Our Mountains to Climb: ... Barbara J. Corcoran, a retired teacher and happily married since 1999; the author’s personal ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/2/2017)... CaryRx, a next-generation full-service pharmacy, has announced the ... in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. ... delivery of medications through the convenience of its patient-friendly mobile ... within one hour to any location in D.C. ... invaluable service to Washington D.C. ," says ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today announced financial results ... and updated its financial outlook for fiscal 2017. ... third quarter, Hill-Rom reported earnings of $0.09 per diluted ... prior-year period. These results reflect after-tax special items, including ... to the non-cash write-down of assets associated with the ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore ... skin conditions from the inside. The natural process of ... skin becomes more transparent due to the thinning of the epidermis. Over ... the sun contributes to aging skin, causing age spots and other ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: