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Look if you haven’t watched SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER on Netflix, just go do that. It’s five seasons long, the last of which was only recently released, and it’s now done. I sincerely wish it weren’t. What else are you doing with your time? You can skip a sourdough loaf just once.

Need more reasons?

The first episode, it was obvious that one of the main supporting female characters was thicker than the others, but it’s literally never mentioned once, and she’s presented just as competently as anyone else on the show.

In later seasons, they introduce a non-binary character. Every single character on the show uses they/them pronouns to refer to them, and it’s never spotlit or lampshaded, it just is. That character, Double Trouble, is voiced by a non-binary person and friends they’re perfect.

The entire show pivots on the obvious love between two women: the protagonist who grew up in harsh conditions and realized she could do better, and one of the main antagonists who rejected leaving and feels abandoned. I mean, c’mon.

Also the showrunner recently had a bunch of stuff to say about a fan theory that the only male main character was a trans man:

“It’s a fan theory that I’m very, very fond of. I think that if anyone – especially trans people – can see themselves in Bow, it’s incredible,” she said. “And I’m very, very happy to be able to bring a masculine character who redefines masculinity in just a very positive, aspirational way.”

However her love for the theory doesn’t mean that we’re about to see Bow confirmed as a trans character on the show, with Stevenson explaining that she would have approached things differently initially if that had always been her intention.

“I will say, it is something I’m a little hesitant to canonise, because, honestly, I would have cast a trans actor if that was something I wanted to [do]. If I wanted that character to be very canonically trans, I think that would have been a really cool thing to do,” she said. “It’s just something I want to be a little cautious around, because I don’t want to be adding to things after the fact – you know, pulling a JK Rowling, essentially.”

So yeah just go watch it. If you have kids, watch it with them.

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