Marriage in Sailor Moon

Discussion: What we Think

“While it’s nice to see a pair that isn’t about appearances and just wants to be together. The excessive attention paid to the ritual of marriage by Serena and her home room teacher draws the viewers attention from what really matters, i.e. that two individuals want to be together regardless of each one’s faults and the fact that they cannot afford a nice marriage ceremony, to less meaningful things, i.e. the white dress, the big party. Now I think the wedding ceremony is important as it is a physical manifestation of each partner’s commitment, however, the important thing isn’t the ceremony itself, but the emotions and decisions behind it.”

“They say women grow up anticipating their “big white wedding” because it’s the happiest day of their lives. But would women really feel that way if it weren’t for pop culture influences that push that idea upon us? This episode simply proves that the idea is fed to us from the time we are little girls. It shows the fantasy of marriage -not the reality of communicating with another person, paying bills with them, running a home with them, or raising children together”

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3 Responses to “Marriage in Sailor Moon”

  1. 1 daffiepie February 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    So, amazing post guys mainly because I am exactly like Serena!
    I totally fantasize about the perfect wedding, the gorgeous outfits and the amazing husband (good looking of course!). I definitely won’t lie that I didn’t get my wedding fantasies from television, specifically movies. I think those (as a little girl) were my favorite things to watch! In fact, I love watching those to this day because it gives this idea of perfectionism. Though I know it’s not what it is in reality, every girl want’s to believe in that fairytale ending (fairytale=ironic!) I definitely agree with Mina, that it doesn’t show you the real aspect of marriage but I still love the fiction part of it! 🙂

  2. 2 Jenna February 28, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Serena is never realistic. She’s the typical idealistic optimist, and of course in the end all her dreams come true. While this is good in some ways, you make an excllent point that it distracts from real practical issues, especially where marriage is concerned. And perpetuates over-the-top wedding fantasies which, mor often then not, probably end in a problem for the couple as now they’re starting off their life together in debt.

  3. 3 Marz March 1, 2010 at 9:38 am

    In a way, Serena’s day dream also subverts the typical notion of marriage. In place of fantasizing about marrying the “perfect” guy, she opts for having two. Her dream allows her to defy current social norms or traditions, emphasizing the artificiality of our social rules. While some may she that this idea is problematic because she does so in a dream, Serena does perform (to her viewers) the way in which one’s mind should not be constricted by society. In other words, one’s thoughts should not be controlled by the outside (world).

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