Anyways, back to the main topic, I don't think watching Sailor Moon will actually make boys gay. However, maybe it could be influential. If a kid, in this case, a boy, watches Sailor Moon and likes it, it may just be that he consciously or unconsciously idolizes the Sailor Senshi and therefore has a female role-model to follow and will want to be like them. I could imagine that then he might develop in his unconsciousness a desire to have a wonderful boyfriend to take care of him, to want to be beautiful and feminine, and maybe even other simple things like enjoying fashion, shopping, cute things and so on.
In other words, if a boy comes to enjoy the Sailor Moon show, and then idolizes or loves the heroines, he may look up to them and want to be like them because he sees them as cool or so. Wanting to be like the girls on the show could be set deep into his mind and may be the basis of what he seeks for later in life.
Another idea I have is that maybe a boy has to have something gay set in him beforehand, and watching and enjoying something like Sailor Moon, plus admiring the Senshi in a role-model kind of way, will just come naturally.
I guess after thinking about all these ideas, I can conclude that my point of view is that Sailor Moon will only influence on a boy's sexuality and heighten or project his homosexuality IF he already has a homosexual predisposition set in him.
No, no, no.
There's more sexism in what you say than you probably realize. But, hey, if you think that the essence of male homosexuality is being a feminine guy, one who wants to be a girl, then I won't waste my time arguing that.
Same for how women should be more sympathetic of gays than men, even homosexual men seem to like to impose certain patterns of behavior on women. Such an unfortunate gender, they always except us to make ourselves "useful" in one way or another.
Trust me, we all watched shows with different characters dominating them and most of us, at one point or another, idolized male or female protagonists. I had, for the most part, mostly male idols as a kid, and I never had a crazy thought like "Oh, I'm gonna need to get myself a girl-friend now, just like the guy I like". Even though you're trying to put it all mildly it basically boils down to what the woman said. Instead of beating about the bush, you could just say you agree with her.
Even if a boy has a homosexual predisposition, it will develop with time anyway regardless of what shows he watches. Your logic doesn't really hold water. Like, young homosexual boys not yet conscious of their sexuality watch Sailor Moon and love it. They start idolizing the female heroines and, with time, want to be like them - get themselves a boyrfriend like Mamo-chan, for example. And that's how they become gay, so that's basically how Sailor Moon encouraged or taught them how to be gay. Like, seriously?
It means that, in your opinion, any show with strong and powerful girls would be effecting a boy's sexuality. What you say would also suggest that not watching Sailor Moon might prevent some boys from becoming homosexuals. Because, if they don't idolize powerful girls whom they want to imitate by crushing on other boys but watch male-dominated shows instead, they might turn hetero as they'll be following patterns of behaviors typical for straight male characters.
All this logic would also amount to the claim that watching male-dominated shows will help children remain/turn straight, and that's a completely sexist and homophobic idea as expressed by the woman in question. All this would make homosexuality simply "a silly idea" some people get and others don't, rather than an alternative, equal sexuality.
Do you honestly believe that a little lesbian girl yet not entirely realizing her sexuality will become a fully-fledged and conscious lesbian after watching Ninja Turtles?
Because she will idolize males so much that she will want a girl for herself and given her predispositions she will stick with that for life. Meaning, again, shows effect kids' sexuality?
I think I've been misunderstood! By no means I meant to come across as sexist or homophobic, being gay myself.
I am very conscious that a gay man doesn't have to be feminine to be gay at all. I believe that being gay is just a sexual orientation and anyone who is gay is bound to be more complex than just feminine or masculine, that being simply because he or she is human and humans are very complex! It is probably hard to describe what the 'essence' of being a gay male is, because every human person is very different. However, I do believe that we could find trends or 'types' of different kinds of gay men, depending on where they live and their culture or so on, but that is not part of what we're discussing.
Even though being feminine is not the essence of being homosexual, it can be a common trait between SOME gays. After all, just like in heterosexual relationships, one of the gay partners usually takes on the male role and the other one the more female role. Whether this last statement is true or not, it is very obvious that some, and a lot probably, gay males tend to have so-called 'feminine' characteristics. Think about all those gay males who love artists like Britney Spears, Madonna, Lady Gaga and other kinds of 'divas', I think there's a tendency for some gays to constantly look to or admire some women or a woman in their lives. Also think about all the gay males who love fashion, who even do make-up, who even buy women's clothes or shoes or even go out dressed like one! All these examples I'm saying come from people I've encountered personally or have seen on the internet (YouTube!!!).
So, going back to the young boys watching Sailor Moon topic. I am going to stick with the idea that there are some young boys pre-bound to being homosexual, SOME who may have the tendency to like the more 'feminine things'. Now, whether this homosexual predisposition is innate, is genetic, is developed in the womb or in the toddler years, it doesn't matter. The thing is, if they already have this disposition, it is possible that they would become attracted to and, more importantly, love a show like Sailor Moon, or any other media or toys or so where females are the center of attention. So, what I tried to say is that in such case, such boys could be influenced by Sailor Moon or such media in the sense that they will identify with the female characters and maybe even further develop their kind of personality, which is involved with their sexuality.
Also, I didn't mean to say that a young boy with or without a homosexual predisposition will suddenly become or realize they are homosexual after watching a show like Sailor Moon (or vise versa for a girl with a so-called 'boyish' TV show). What I meant to say is that if they do idolize these kind of characters, deep down in their subconsciousness they might develop a sense that being like those characters is the way they should be or want to be. Again, all this could be unconsciously, and wouldn't necessarily show at the moment (so, no! I wouldn't say they'd soon go out looking for their Mamo-chan or do just what the Sailors do), but more likely will influence them for later in life when they start developing an identity or becoming adults. Of course, this could change depending on all the experiences they can face in following years. Also, I wouldn't expect just Sailor Moon or any one TV show to influence a young boy with a homosexual predisposition and shape him up for later in life. I think that for that young boy to grow up having feminine behavior, he probably would have to have many TV shows, music, other media, and other real female role-models show up constantly throughout their childhood and teenage years and, of course, he'd have to like them and have them be a part of their life.
To put this in a different example, it's just like the ideas some girls get with fairy tales and Disney Princess movies. Some women grow up acting like they should wait for a man to come to them, and that finding such man and getting married or so will be the most wonderful thing, whether they are conscious of this or not.
Some women grow up with the idea that a Barbie kind of look is the essence of glamour and beauty.
These kinds of behaviors vary a lot depending on kind of culture they grow up in.
Another example is in some cultures, one being the society I live in, is for adults to flatter young girls by saying how pretty they look, how nice their dress is, and so on. All these comments regarding beauty and looks is likely telling the young girl that beauty and fashion are important things, so likely, as they grow up, they'll value beauty and such a lot, whether it's a good thing or not.
I'm not saying it happens to everyone because likely many girls have played with Barbies and when they grow older, they don't care at all about beauty or at least don't think being blonde and wearing pink is the most feminine thing they can do. However, if this is reinforced constantly, it can stick with them later in life.
So, in short terms, if a young boy who has a homosexual predisposition watches a show like Sailor Moon, they may develop ideas of what being a girl is about from it and if they somehow turn out to be the kind of gay male who tend to be more feminine or simply take the passive role in a relationship, it is possible that watching a show with a female protagonist like Usagi will affect his inner ideas of what it is to take that passive role. It could be a simple attitude or behavior like wanting a man who will make you feel protected.
Oh, and by the way, when I said that I expected women to be more sympathetic with gay men, I didn't mean to say that that is how it should be. However, I've been shocked in the past whenever I encountered a woman opposing homosexuals and their rights. That's when I realized that in my mind I expected women to be more sympathetic with gay men, and I realized that it's not always true because, naturally, every woman comes from a different background and has different ideas.
I just probably felt that women would be more supportive of gay men because of my personal experience with women that surround me and others who I've encountered.
Sorry for babbling on and on. I guess in short, I don't really believe Sailor Moon will make young boys gay, but I do believe that it could attract gay guys, men and young boys with a homosexual predisposition. And no, I'm not saying it is true with anyone who is gay because, like I said, like any human, gay men have different likes, dislikes, and personalities amongst themselves.
And further reading other posts, I think what I'm saying relates to what has been said that, being part of childhood, it can affect later. In the case of homosexuality, if someone has a gay nature, then Sailor Moon can infuence NOT their sexual orientation, but how they live their sexuality.