Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.
DISCLAIMER: This post may have spoilers for the Sailor Moon franchise.
Haruka Tenou, otherwise known as Sailor Uranus, is a member of the Sailor Senshi and protector of the universe. She enters into the Sailor Moon franchise during the Sailor Moon S season alongside her girlfriend and fellow Sailor Guardian, Sailor Neptune (Michiru Kaiou). Outside of her role as Sailor Uranus, she is a high school student with a love for race car driving. In addition, she loves to tease pretty girls and has even flirted with Usagi at times.
As a Sailor Scout, she appears standoffish and doesn’t agree to help the Inner Senshi, but eventually comes around and develops a better relationship with everyone. She is mostly seen fighting alongside Sailor Neptune and Sailor Pluto (Setsuna Meioh). Following the Death Busters’ destruction, Haruka takes care of the newly born Sailor Saturn alongside Michiru and Setsuna. Haruka, along with the others, rejoins the other Sailor Senshi during the events of the Dark Moon Circus arc.
The Real Deal:
Haruka is the real deal. She is a protective, strong-willed, capable, charming and daring individual. Haruka is ambitious in and out of the suit. She is one of the youngest racecar drivers at the age of sixteen. She is also an accomplished runner and has competed for her school’s track and field club. Haruka is also powerful and even has psychic sensitivity. She is seen as physically the strongest of the Sailor Senshi. But she isn’t without her flaws. She can be stubborn and hard-headed at times, even with those she cares about.
Why She Matters:
Why does she matter? Not only is Haruka a strong Sailor Guardian but she is also a great role model for the LGBTQIA+ community. She is one of the most famous queer characters in Anime alongside her girlfriend Michiru. Haruka has very androgynous features and when she first appears in the Manga and Anime, she is believed to be male. This is because she chooses to wear more masculine or unisex clothes and show off her more masculine features. But she isn’t just a tomboy. Haruka embraces both her masculine and feminine sides throughout the series and slips between both fluidly and challenges gender stereotypes.
So be like Haruka. Protect your friends, challenge yourself, embrace who you are and fight to break gender stereotypes.