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5 Ways She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Represent LGBTQ Identities

As I’m sure most of you have experienced,  I have spent a large amount of my time stuck at home this corona-summer sniffing out hidden gems and bingeworthy TV shows on Netflix. Out of the countless movies and shows that I have binged or sampled this summer, the one that stood out the most by far was “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.” The storyline was addictive, the pastel accented animation was aesthetically pleasing, the characters are well developed, but most notably the LGBTQ+ representation was the best I have ever seen in a children’s TV show, or let’s be honest here, in practically any TV show ever. So without further ado, here are five ways the show tries to represent the LGBTQ+ community. 

Spoilers below!

5. Spinnerella and Netossa

All images courtesy of Netflix

Let’s start off with the first lesbian partnership introduced, Spinnerella and Netossa. They are married and are really affectionate towards each other, often calling each other by pet names. It is clear that they have a deep commitment to each other when one becomes brainwashed by the show’s collective antagonist, the Horde, because her wife never gives up on her. 

4. Bow’s Dads

In Season 2, Bow returns home to his parents, George and Lance, to reveal to them that he isn’t actually a university student like he has pretended to be, but is actually a soldier fighting the Horde. This episode parallels a coming out story and Bow having two fathers is never a point of contention or surprise to any of the other characters. It’s just clear that they love each other and their son. No more explanation necessary. Period.

3. Inclusion of many gender expressions, including non-binary characters

In reality, the way we express ourselves through what we wear is much more complex than “boy wears blue jeans, girl wears pink dress.” We all have so many options and ways to physically express our gender and sexuality through fashion, hair and makeup. I believe that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power do a great job at showing the different ways that people can express their gender and sexuality. For instance, the character Bow does not appeal to masculine gender norms while characters like Scorpia and Huntara are strong, muscular females whose personalities and fashion do not appeal to the stereotypical feminine gender norms. 

There is also a nonbinary character named DoubleTrouble, an androgynous shapeshifter, who goes by the pronouns “they/them.” When DoubleTrouble is introduced, their pronouns and identity is never a point of surprise or contention to the other characters of this universe. DoubleTrouble is even voiced by a nonbinary voice actor named Jacob Tobia. 

2. Heterosexual couples don’t get more airtime than homosexual couples 

This is a big one. In so many of the shows that do have homosexual couples, they usually end up being on the periphery to the main, center-stage heterosexual relationship taking place. What makes this show so appealing to all audiences is that heterosexual couples and characters don’t get more attention than LGBTQ identifying characters and couples. There is an effortless equal development and display of relationships, regardless of sexuality, that takes place in the series. 

  1. Adora and Catra get their happy ending 

Adora (She-Ra) and Catra get the number one spot in this listicle because as protagonist and antagonist, respectively, their relationship was the central driving force to the entire series. I actually felt a little guilty while watching the series finale because I thought this ending was just too good to be true. Although I knew that Adora and Catra were meant to be together, I still had my doubts over whether the producers would actually bring the two most major characters together because my mind was still believing that it was just too good to be true. Even with all of the other great representation in the show, I was still expecting the infamous film trope “bury your gays,” which refers to killing one of your gay characters or giving an unhappy ending so that the two lovers can never end up together. It’s terrible, I know, but countless films have done this to make shows more digestible to a homophobic audience. So when Catra explicitly said “I love you” and kissed Adora, I was jumping with joy along with all of the other thrilled She-Ra fans for the couple getting the happy ending that they deserved. 

Bonus: Entrapta might be an asexual/aromantic character?

There are many theories circulating online about what Entrapta could represent as a character and although never confirmed in the show, I really think she could be the show’s asexual/aromantic representation. First off, in the show she says something along the lines of that she would rather study relationships than be in one. This could just be a personality quirk of hers following the theme that she just doesn’t understand people as well as she understands robots, HOWEVER if you take a look at Entrapta’s color scheme – black, grey, white and purple – those colors match the ace pride flag. Personally, with the amount of attention to detail put into this show, I don’t think this is just a coincidence. 

My experience at sherwood forest faire

Hear ye, hear ye! The Renaissance Festival was lit!

Lords, ladies, witches, and mythical creatures alike are all welcome to the Sherwood Forest Faire held every year in McDade, Texas from March until the end of April.

My parents gave me a phone call the Thursday before the festival and reminded me not to party too hard now that I was in college – what they didn’t know was that their daughter was in the process of renting a costume for a Renaissance Festival and a good ol’ game of Dungeons & Dragons.

All photos by Kara Fields

I’ve always been attracted to whimsical and slightly eccentric things, so when my friends wanted to go to the Sherwood Forest Faire (and with the last season of Game of Thrones being released at the time…big disappointment btw) I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Walking into Lucy’s in Disguise with Diamonds, a quirky costume shop located on SOCO, the seven of us decided we would go big or go home. Some of us rented costumes for the weekend while others bought small items and supplemented them with some Medieval-y looking clothes we found at Goodwill. Following a night spent in a pillow fort (you can grow old people but that doesn’t mean you have to grow up), a dragon, two forest warriors, a peasant, two ladies, and an elf piled like enchanted clowns into a car and drove out into the Texan wilderness.

We drove down a small lane surrounded by a dense thicket of trees until we reached a clearing where people were being directed on where to park.

Upon entering the enchanted forest, we were greeted by my friend Sierra’s father, the announcer for the annual archery competition and the first prize winner for the competition itself.

The Sherwood Forest Faire is known for its archery competition and we tried our hand at shooting a bow and arrow ourselves as if we were in the Hunger Games.

Wandering through the quaint village felt as if I were on a movie set. There were countless arts vendors, belly dancers and magicians, pickle stands and Turkish coffee (for some reason pickles and coffee were in vogue amongst the peasantry. I would recommend bringing a bottle of water and a granola bar), and on occasion the King of the festival and his entourage would trot by on horseback with shouts of “make way, make way!”

The best part or perhaps the worst part of this enchanted forest experience was that EVERYONE was in character. On the one hand, it was incredibly immersive which was very fun and allowed us to be transported to another world of whimsy where everyone dressed as if they were in a Disney movie and spent their time watching knights’ joust, eating only pickles and coffee to sustain themselves. On the other hand, sometimes visitors to the festival would get carried away and be a little too into their characters. Let’s just say that I didn’t know if the drunken pirate was staying in character or was actually just extremely drunk.

At the end of it all, I would have to say that I really enjoyed myself at Sherwood. It was a great bonding experience to have with my friends and going all out with our costumes was definitely worth it. With that I bid you all good morrow, mayhap you will check out the festival next spring.