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Shera as a character, despite being excessively, over the top beautiful, never really captured male attention.  Instead she captured the hearts of young girls by telling them that women too can be awesome! as well as beautiful.

The reboot has gone in a completely different direction.  The flat chested, square jawed design with no eyelashes, or any other hints of femininity, coupled with the body shape of a teenage male, sends a very different message to girls from a visual perspective.  And it's one that seems to think that femininity is a dirty word.

Tell me this shera is not a dude...
www.polygon.com/2018/7/17/1758…


This is not a criticism of a show that has not yet been aired, but of the designs they've chosen.
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keelan12345's avatar
ah yes, something i don't care about. since the only thing i care about is this: is it good? if yes, then it's good. if not, then it's bad.
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luistop12's avatar
luistop12|Student General Artist
I don't think so. they put her a skirt so they are guiding in "gender role" after all
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wrybread's avatar
A controversial topic. And loaded terms like "biased", "hater", & (insert stereotype prefix here)-"phobia" are being tossed around like frag grenades. Keep speakin' out
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EdgyWaFFLeZ's avatar
EdgyWaFFLeZ|Student Digital Artist
u a peepee brain...
Peach Peach Peach 
Okay but for real you don't need HUGE bazonkas strapped to her teenage chest to imply beauty, you can feminine without METRIC TONS of lipstick and eyeliner. 
 
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Shieltar's avatar
Shieltar|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm fed up of people being too blind to spot the difference between statement A) and statement B)

A) The character looks like a male, when there supposed to be female.
B) The character isn't drop dead sexy gorgeous.

I SAID STATEMENT A!!!!  AND AT NO POINT SAID STATEMENT B!!!!
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I don't get it. I went looking at a few pics, and she just looks like a teenaged girl to me.
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Shieltar|Hobbyist Digital Artist
check the link in the description.  The images in that article, are the images that they went to press with.

In those images, Shera does not have any female gender signifiers.  However, she does have male gender signifiers, and thus looks like a guy.

Since then, in the images they have released they have accentuated the female gender signifies.  Which means in those pictures she looks like a teenage girl.  To which I say.  Good.  That means they've responded to criticism and improved what there doing.

Which is the point of criticism.
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I'll take your word for it, I guess. I just didn't see her as looking all that mannish to begin with.
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ShieltarEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
As an artist, it's kinda my job to spot and replicate the subtle differences between the genders that no one really spots.  For example.  the fringe line (where the hair grows from) is different between males and females.  Men have a more square hairline around the face, women a rounder one.  The leg muscles are shaped differently as well.  Men have a more triangular rear, while women a more rounded.  Also mens lower leg muscles are widest higher up and don't go quite as far down the leg.  Women have one less rib than men, so that section of there body is shorter.

There are loads and loads of little tells like these to someones gender.  Our subconscious mind takes all these in.  weighs them all up, and then presents us with a conclusion as to what gender someone is based on weather there are more male or female tells.  And we don't even know that's what we've done.

I guess, because I know what I'm looking for, I can see it more.
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Peaches-n-Charlotte's avatar
Peaches-n-Charlotte|Student General Artist
I actually like the new design. It makes her look more her age.
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sampleguy's avatar
sampleguy|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I’m generally with you on this one, but here’s a counter argument
What if it weee the design for “He-ra”? Would we be complaining that it looked like a girl?
i think my issue with it is I don’t like current gender nonconformist trends, and this is evidence.
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ShieltarEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was actually planning on doing a picture of Heman as a girl.  But I'm not going to for two reasons...

1.) I can't think of a good enough pun to go with it.
2.) having watched some heman for the 1st time yesterday.  He is so camp and gay already, that coupled with how it's unintentional.  It's hilarious as all hell, and I don't see how you can top it.
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ComikzInk's avatar
Wtf even is this comment section? Is nobody allowed to criticise something with a joke and not have the opinion police on your back.
"Not all women look feminine",Cool some people might look like that but likewise some people might think it's the other gender.

To be honest I previously had no knowledge of the character, when the design was doing the rounds on social media I thought it was some fanart of a young Thor. Then seeing this in DA I realised I was both wrong and that someone had unearthed a new salt mine for the internet to play in.
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jawmax's avatar
The way I see it some was going to complain about this not matter what. If she looked as feminine some would say the shows creators would be objectifying women. Someone some where will complain about new things in media because not everything will fit in their perfect vision of the world.
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I don't get the hate for females.
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timsplosion|Professional Filmographer
She's not a dude, and implying that the message of "you can be awesome as well as beautiful" is somehow dulled down by the absence of eyelashes, titties, and hips, says more about what you think than it does anything about the reboot.
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ShieltarEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
uh... how is a character who is not beautiful, supposed to be promoting any concept of beauty?  Power or otherwise.  Not that I think conveying messages of beauty in a kids show is appropriate any more.

What I'm saying is that a show aimed at young girl, should not have a female lead who looks like a guy, because it sends entirely the wrong message, and they are either not going to empathize with the character, or they are going to become ashamed of there own body.  Ideally she should look like an average girl.  Not an average boy.

Eyelashes are an easy, lazy visual trick to make a face look more femanine.  and it's used because it works.  No other reason.
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timsplosion|Professional Filmographer
"... a character who is not beautiful..."

Fucking hell.

I find it hilarious that you argue the eyelashes bit, but don't touch the hips and tits thing. Like, I know you draw all of your teenage girl characters with fully developed tits, but most teenagers don't actually look like that in real life. A skinny-but-toned teenage boy will have a very similar body shape to a skinny-but-toned teenage girl. There's not actually a whole lot of difference between male and female bodies, especially before or during the start of puberty - if there's one thing I've learned since being in a relationship, it's that the majority of what we think of girls as "just looking that way" is actually down to the right makeup or the right clothing. In reality, a young woman might not have fully developed breasts until their early 20s if they're a late bloomer, and the hips can widen similarly late, and even if you have both of those, the right clothing can bring you right back into androgyny. That gives you a huge potential of realistic female body shapes for characters 13-25, and by calling her a boy for not having those features when she's meant to be 16 you're actually being super insulting to those young women and girls who develop on the latter half of the potential timeline. So frankly your crocodile tears over women's body image ring more than just a little bit hollow.


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ShieltarEdited |Hobbyist Digital Artist
no insulting allowed.  Either keep it calm and civil, or I'll be forced to hide this whole conversation tree.
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I'm pretty sure no one should pay attention to those remarks. I mean, was mlp impacted by those who said "it's for little girl yoi freak!"? Or Teen Titan go? Nevermind this wave of haters, TTG doesn't give a shit and go on. We will watch it, enjoy it, and show to the producters that we like it (or not) after we watched.
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Randomponyzilla| Interface Designer
should I care? I never watched She-ra growing up, so that could be it. lol.
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sigel4ever's avatar
sigel4ever|Student General Artist
for the love of greyskull!

(not is for your desing, is for the inspiration of your design)
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You hit the nail on the head.

And this amount of salt in the comments amuses me though.
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Shieltar|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a feeling there might be salt.  But the idea popped into my head and it was just too funny and on the nail not to draw it.
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