kay, unpopular opinion time.
sailor moon is not punk, in fact, is pretty corny. I feel frustrated when I see everyone trying to make sailor moon super punk, when is not. I know i’m nobody to say what people can or can not imagine and do with their fandom, I’m not going there. What I mean is I get frustrated when I see sailor moon becoming an icon for what she’s not.
I feel like people are trying to make her a symbol for things she doesn’t even think of. From what I’ve seen from it (and I’ll say now I’m a Sailor Moon fan) Sailor Moon fights for love and stuff that involves dependance on another person and, in most cases, the love of a man. So she can not be an icon for independence and self love and all that stuff cause, even loving her like I do and being a follower of the series since I was a kid, I think she talks a whole lot of bullcrap.
So if you’re looking for a fucking badass icon with a pussy I think you meant TANK GIRL.
Hmm, I think it’s a lot more complicated than that, mostly because the anime can be a little inconsistent in its message on that front, but overall I think it does counter what you are saying.
In the media, absolutely there is way too much emphasis on women requiring a romantic relationship. Women are portrayed as not satisfied unless they are with a man, and their ultimate goal, even if that woman is a businesswoman or a superhero or a magical elven creature, is to find romance. Sailor Moon does not fully challenge this notion, because from beginning to end, the romance between Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask is a major aspect of the plot.
However, love does not equal romantic love, romantic love does not equal dependence, and wanting love of any kind does not overshadow the desire to save the world from total destruction.
Love =/= Romantic Love. Usagi’s love for her friends is constantly emphasized in the series.