Homosexuality in Sailor Moon

I bet we all remember Zoisite and Malachite from the Sailor Moon anime. However what is interesting to note is that  Zoisite is in fact a man. He under went this sex change in North America because of the quite explicit homosexual relationship that exists between him and Malachite (Kunzite in the original).


Yet there is something quite striking about Zoisite. He is very effeminate and it is easily to see why it wasn’t hard to believe he was in fact female. Actually what is striking here is that even when the pair is homosexual, it is still a bounding being a feminine  person and masculine person. This pairing of masculinity and femininity caries over to the second homosexual pair in the show: Amara and Michelle.

Once again we see a very masculine Amara and a feminine Michelle. In fact, Serena and her friends at first thought Amara was a man because she drive a race car, dresses like a man, and speaks with a more masculine voice.

Why do homosexual pairings need a feminine and masculine aspect? What can’t too manly men or feminine women be shown to love each other?

Furthermore, in North America, why is there a need to censor homosexuality in child media at all? Granted, I understand companies do not want to deal with angry parents and Christian Right groups, but the question remains: Is society warranted in filtering out images of homosexuality from children’s eyes? And Why or Why not?

For the second question. I do not think society is warranted in filtering images. I think these images are filtered due to fear that if children see homosexual relationships, they will become homosexual. However, I do not think that seeing homosexual relationships will create homosexuals, rather these kinds of relationship will be seen as legitimate; just another type of relationship right next to heterosexual relations. Sexual preference cannot be taught, it is developed.

For the first question. I see it as a means to reinforce notions of femininity and masculinity into the notions of what constitutes a relationship. That is, a relationship consists of two people: one is masculine, the other feminine. Now, since most girls are socialize into being feminine, these homosexual relationships actually reinforce the notion that feminine girls need to bound with masculine partners, who are normally male. If the homosexual relationships had two manly men or two feminine women, then they would be really challenging heterosexual bounding which is founded upon the notions of a masculine and feminine pair. As they stand, these two relationships are still heterosexual in essence, just cosmetically you have a man taking the feminine role and a women taking the masculine role.

Granted, it’s nice that we even have homosexual relationships portrayed in media. I am not attacking Sailor Moon for that, rather I am trying to analytically understand why all relationships in Sailor Moon, both heterosexual and homosexual, feature a feminine-masculine pair.  All thoughts on this matter are much appreciated.

What do you think?

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3 Responses to “Homosexuality in Sailor Moon”


  1. 1 Anthony February 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Question: Why do homosexual pairings need a feminine and masculine aspect? Why can’t two manly men or feminine women be shown to love each other?

    Answer: I think this this is because since the begining of film, families and relationships were seen to have a man and a woman. The man would have manly characteristics, while the woman would have feminine characteristics. So to answer the question, I think it has more to do with what viewers have been used to seeing on tv. So a homosexual couple with a manly and feminine partner would still fit that expected image. Least that’s what I think.

  2. 2 Jenna March 1, 2010 at 12:23 am

    The big issue here is the second part of the question. Why can Japanese kids see homosexual relationships but North American kids are censored? Granted, Sailor Moon was actually marketed to a younger audience in North America if I’m not mistaken, but it was still a show for young audiences. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said the big issue was fear. People worry that seeing a homosexual couple will somehow “turn” their children gay. That same worry apparently doesn’t exist in Japan, but, lo and behold, not all Japanese people are suddenly gay. Can’t we take this as a sign and leave the media as it was originally intended?

  3. 3 Lucy Z. March 3, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I totally agree with Jenna on this one; why is it that *our* children somehow can’t handle the idea of a homosexual relationship? Granted, I understand the viewpoint of concerned parents, but really… casually showing a homosexual couple in a children’s tv show will most certainly *not* “make them” homosexual! It will open their minds to the idea of homosexual marriage and partnership and that way, the next generation of children will (hopefully) be more accepting of homosexual marriage and people, seeing it as just another way of life, just the same as heterosexual. But I’m being very idealistic with this, sadly it probably won’t happen that quickly and easily; as you said Joanna, a lot of people, including parents and religious rights groups, will unfortunately be against this. All we can hope is that soon enough, the idea of gay couples will be introduced into more and more television shows and media, to show the world that they are exactly the same as any heterosexual couple and deserve the same rights and freedoms.

    As for the other part of your question; it’s very common to see this masculin/feminine dichotomy in almost every form of media… as has been already said, it’s just because we’re so used to seing this, that it seems the most natural (even though this is not the case all the time). It seems like, with Sailor Moon, because they were taking the chance with a homosexual couple, that they wanted to still keep some kind of masculin/feminine traditional roles.


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