Riposte Nº8: Hero of Heroines — Why we need more men like Hayao Miyazaki

Riposte is a smart magazine for women, made by editor in chief Danielle Pender, creative director Shaz Madani, photography editor Gem Fletcher, features editor Liv Siddall and a roll call of excellent creatives. I've served as contributing editor since it's inception in 2013. Here's an excerpt from my article about the founder of Studio Ghibli. * * * Co-founder of Studio Ghibli, creator of internationally beloved anime and one of modern times’ most masterful storytellers; Mr Miyazaki is as famous for recurring themes of feminism, nature and pacifism as he is for wild imagination and craft. His complex heroines are a vital counterbalance to the Disney-induced “princess propaganda” that surrounds childhood. So as the world goes mad, let’s take a look at why his work is more important now than ever before. Here we are at the beginning of a real-life disaster movie. The alternative- fact slinging, right-wing resurgence baddies have risen to power. The central cast are rich, white men and violent extremists hell-bent on destroying the planet and casting humanity back to the dark ages. At best they downplay the importance of women’s rights; at worst they laugh super- villain laughs as they launch schemes to thwart us entirely. If the resistance is to stand a chance, we must seek the support of those who can show that there is a better way to be. And with that, rumours abound that Hayao Miyazaki is set to return from retirement... * * * For more visit or follow @ripostemagazine


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