Neon Genesis wrote:
Speaking as a guy who's never been ashamed of being a big Sailor Moon fan, even back in the days when I used to get picked on a lot back in middle school and high school, I never understood why some guys feel so paranoid about liking Sailor Moon or cartoons "for girls" in general such that they have to seek other people's validation for liking it. You almost never see girls posting topics asking if it's ok for girls to like DBZ or video games or something yet guys always keep doing this for "girls" media for some reason.
That's because of gender inequality. To put it bluntly, it's because females are seen as "weak", and by extent, feminine things. So for a boy to like feminine things, it's seen as him being weak and comparable to a women. If a girl takes an interest in masculine things, as a general rule, it's seen as a better thing since masculine things are "better" than feminine things (although there is the exceptions when it's seen that a women is too weak for something, usually an inequality in regards to politics and the sciences). That said, that isn't always true - I hear a lot about other girls being harassed when people find out their a girl when playing an online game, etc.
It's a gender inequality aimed at women that hurts both genders; I think within the last few years or so there has been a lot of progress, though (as far as anime and video game-related things go).