Tuesday, April 14, 2009

#5th most pathetic hero for girls

By the Power (He-Man) versus For the Honor (She-Ra)--which is more impressive?

I would rate She-Ra the fifth most pathetic hero for girls--for the simple reason that she is a blatant copy of He-Man but not as cool. The Sword of Protection (not Power), the Palace (not Castle), and instead of "I Have the Power" she just says "I am She-Ra". Basically She-Ra seems to struggle just to exist with almost no assertive sounding abilities. Even her animal, Spirit, gets the magical power to grow wings and fly away (c.f. Battle-Cat who, um, battles).

It reminds me of how I felt as a ten-year-old when I was reading the Narnia books and Aslan said "the Daughters of Eve will not fight in the battle", and instead of weapons they get given healing potions and so forth. Is it too much to ask for a female hero that kicks butt when kicking butt is called for?

He-Man


She-Ra

12 comments:

Scott Thurston said...

Oh Well, they tried.

Linda said...

They obviously think going into battle is still not for women. Altho, potions can still be a good weapon.

BarbaraRae said...

They tried, but it still comes down to the battle of the sexes. I think Wonder Woman had more on She Ra anyway!

cady said...

they did try, and i did like she-ra when i was a kid. of course, i didn't think much then about the battle of the sexes or her not kicking butt like he-man. :)

Karen said...

I forgot all about She Ra. My daughter used to imitate her. It was so cute.

Diane Scott said...

LMAO, totally agree with you!

Tuscan Capo said...

He-Man was cool? Girl, girl.. he never outgrew the Prince Valiant hair cut and he hung around a gelded tiger and Orko, for god's sake! (I hear Dumb Donald is still searching for his cap, but that's another matter) Anyway, it just doesn't get any more pathetic. Any earthling man whose claim to fame is winking his "Power Sword" against some walking skeleton deserves the bitch-slapping of his life.

Even living in different universes you know being related to He-Man had to be traumatic for She-Ra. Cut the lady a break. If my wimpy-ass, mop-headed brother were the exemplar of sword-brandishing pro-virility, I'd never set foot in his turf. Well.. I might join my magical skills up with Catra to shove our sorcery-imbued feet where the sun don't shine. AND THEN I'd make a call to Fat Albert and get that cap back to it's rightful owner!

And aside from the rebels and their agenda of delinquent, runaway Cheerfulness, things weren't too bad in Etheria. I used to have fantasies about a three-way with Glimmer and Peekablue.. Mmm, good memories, good memories.

Julie said...

I think potions are very powerful weapons ;)

Sadie said...

I always thought that She-Ra sucked, too.

Heather in Beautiful BC said...

OMG - I haven't thought about She-Ra for so long! I was always a Wonder Woman fan anyway (she was my 'era') and never could understand why my daughter liked She-Ra :)

Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick said...

Om my gosh!! He-Man & She-Ra!! That sure does date our Mom!!!
Your FL furiends,

Clyde Durgin said...

He-Man wasn't cool. He was a gay icon, sure, but he wasn't cool.
You didn't know he was gay? He had a Prince Valiant haircut, the only two outfits he wore were a pink tunic with purple, fussy briefs (as Adam) or metal bondage gear (as He-Man), and he hung around guys named Man-At-Arms, Ram-Man and Fisto. If that's not gay, I don't know what is.

And to be honest, I liked She-Ra more than He-Man. She had a cooler, more powerful villain to fight (Hordak was Skeletor's boss) and had less stupid supporting characters. (Orko was one of the dumbest characters in the history of anything ever.)