8 April 2017

Power Rangers: Stuck In Stereotypes Or Ultimate Girl Power?

(picture from inverse.com)

Today I am writing about the Power Rangers because I went to see the film at the weekend and I bloody loved it. I don't think I've ever gone into the cinema with such low expectations and ended up enjoying it so much. It says a lot that the only people in the cinema were myself, Tom and our friend Lauren but also that added to the enjoyment of it. I've been wanting to do a blog post about it all week but I wasn't sure what angle to take it from. I thought about doing a Power Rangers inspired make up look but lets be honest that's boring af. So I thought about why it is I loved it so much and I realised that  it was mainly the nostalgia of watching Power Rangers SPD when I was young, but also it was the feeling of wanting to be one, and feeling I could be one. Most super heroes are boys or targeted towards boys. Growing up the boys are told they can be the super heroes whilst the girls can are the ones who need to be saved. But in Power Rangers, the girls stand with the boys. They are a team and they are all equally powerful. This is what I loved and still love about it!

pink power rangers

Now many people would be surprised that I find Power Rangers so empowering and would argue that is is extremely stereotypical. Looking at the original cast from the TV show you can't deny it. The girls were stereotypical "girl colours" pink and yellow, the yellow ranger was played by an asian actor and the black ranger played by an african american actor. It definitely raises questions such as, why are the girls always pink or yellow? Why is the leader always a boy? Well as the series went on this started to change. For example, the pink ranger was the leader in Power Rangers Time Force, the blue ranger was a girl in Ninja Storm and the yellow one was a guy. However we're yet to see a male pink ranger, which I think would be cool to see. Looking at the new film, yes the girls are still stereotypical "girly" colours but it is trying to be more inclusive with the introduction of LGBTQ and autistic characters which lets face it are even less represented than female characters in the film industry and especially within super hero films. Many high profile comic book heros have been openly gay such as Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Catwoman, but when it comes to the screen they are portrayed as straight. Having the yellow portrayed as gay/struggling with her sexuality is a big step for blockbuster films.

Another argument is that the pink ranger is too girly, but I think this is what makes her great. She is a girly girl but can hold her own against the bad guys just as well as the boy rangers can. If you were a girl growing up in the 90s/00s then I can bet you played power rangers at break time and I can almost guarantee you fought your friend to be the pink ranger. Not because we thought she was the only one we could be, but because she was who we wanted to be. She showed us we could be more than one thing, that it was okay to be girly but that didn't mean we couldn't kick some ass too if we wanted.

And so that brings me to the end of possibly the nerdiest post I have ever written on this blog. I sincerely hope the film sold more than 3 tickets because it opened for a sequel and I am so ready to get behind this franchise.

Did you want to be the pink ranger growing up? Let me know in the comments!

See you soon, 

Beth x

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