When it comes to the popular early 2000s show "Winx Club," there is a perception that it is a progressive and feminist show with racially diverse characters. The strong female characters rely on each other and work together to overcome obstacles, promoting positive relationships among girls. However, a few unsettling elements call into question its true feminist credentials. I will be discussing a few of them in this blog and try to shed some light on them:
Unrealistic Body Proportions
The female characters' exaggerated curves and thin waistlines contribute to unhealthy and unrealistic body image issues among the younger audience. The waists of the characters are smaller than their hands.
The show has empowered women immensely by showing independent, strong female characters. However, it also relies on traditional stereotypes like female characters associated with fashion and romance and male characters portrayed as heroic.
Focus on Appearance
While self-expression through fashion choice can be positive, emphasizing it excessively can negatively impact other important aspects of the character. It can create a perception that looking beautiful is the most important thing.
It is essential to realize that even though "Winx Club" has positive elements, the show's portrayal of gender and body image is harmful to young audiences.