“Grow up already!” cried Philip while rolling his eyes at me. I stuck out my tongue in response. What had caused this small ( and tad immature) altercation? My high school was about to introduce uniforms and I had simply expressed my preference of a cute uniform in the style of the ones in “He is my Master”, and “Code Geass”.
If “He is my Master”, and “Code Geass”, are a part of your regular vocabulary, you have extensive knowledge of either “Naruto”, “Bleach”, “One Piece” or “Fairytail”, and are female then you must be well acquainted with the dilemmas that face a female otaku. Unless you live in Japan ( the otaku heaven) then you’ve probably heard the proverbial “Grow up already!”
Society has always been more forgiving to the hobbies and obsessions of males and it is no different in the otaku world. Males in their forties and fifties can enjoy playing video games and watch sports for hours mindlessly without raising speculation, but all hell breaks loose when an eighteen-year-old enjoys a bit of anime.
Parents give long( and boring) lectures on growing out of cartoons and will violently protest their daughter cosplaying; let alone pursuing a career in anime. Friends make fun of your interests and tell you that cartoons are for kids(this infuriates me because it’s anime, not cartoons!). They never bother to research the fact that anime has genres, ratings and classes just like normal shows like “The Big Bang Theory”, and “Revenge”.
Society often tries to keep the image of a girl as pure and sweet; ridiculing girls who seem to contradict that notion. Urban dictionary described an otaku as someone who stays at home all the time and doesn’t have a life (no social life, no love life etc…) and it has also described otaku in other not so flattering ways. This stigma towards otakuism is what probably makes people so indignant about females being otakus. But I believe the meaning of otaku has changed with the generation just like “nigger”. Before nigger was a derogatory term for the black slaves of America but now it’s a common term used by mostly blacks. Jay-Z said once in an interview with Oprah that they were taking the hate out of the word. Otakus do the same with the word “otaku”.
People overlook the fact that otaku girls are some of the friendliest, cutest, most innovative, creative and considerate people (maybe because of too much shoujo) and class us as hikikomori. We do not fit the stereotypical nerd who is glued to their laptop and does not leave their house because of their excessive love for anime.
Some otaku girls maybe are antisocial but so are intelligent people( I’d rather not say nerd) , Goths and other groups of people.I suppose mentioning “Nanatsu no Taizai” when people are discussing their favorite shows won’t make you the most popular girl around, but as the saying goes ” It’s better to be hated for what you are then loved for what you’re not”. I’m proud to be an otaku and and the trials I face because of it are nothing to the joy anime gives me.I’m considered weird, but so was Albert Einstein; and my friends( because they’re real friends) accept me the way I am.