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:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... and setting the stage for new clinical and scientific initiatives have all marked ... after she was appointed President and CEO of the nation’s oldest cancer center, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... College President George H. Van Allen have signed a joint enrollment and degree ... a seamless pathway toward associate and baccalaureate degrees at FHU|Dickson. , The ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... The American ... technology, such water may be safer than regular municipal or well water. The recent ... radio host Sharon Kleyne, could go a long way toward increasing public acceptance of ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... At ... election of Patrick McDermott as Chairman of the National Board of Directors. Mr. McDermott ... Chairman of the Board,” stated Leslie A. Chambers , APDA President and CEO. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... In sleep, when the defenses of the day are at ... patients with eating disorders is significant self-criticism, and consequently these patients experience this disease ... as maladaptive means for coping with this unease, but also leads to a reservoir ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... York , February 5, 2016 ... Transparency Market Research report states that the global active ... 2014 and is predicted to reach US$185.9 bn by ... of 6.50% from 2014 to 2020. The title of ... Chemical/Biological, Captive/Contract Manufactured, by Geography, and by Therapeutic Area) ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016  Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC ... and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical ... agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest in Dental ... in Brazil . ... Dental Cremer is the dental distribution business of Cremer ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... 4, 2016 For hospitals considering enrollment in ... participating in the program, the Health Resources and Services ... the , Mega-Guidance , could have significant impact on ... in September 2016. Essential Insights , ... , summarizes the Mega-Guidance,s key proposed changes, including a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: