“In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities. A childhood that wasn’t spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.” – Sanhita Baruah
CUCKOO FOR CARTOONS
As a child, I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. Cartoons were also the way to get me out of bed to get ready for school in the mornings. After school, I’d watch even more cartoons. But, I think watching cartoons is pretty normal for a child.
Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney and more; these were often the channels I tuned into. As I got older, I didn’t watch as many cartoons, but it didn’t stop my fascination with these fantasy worlds. Maybe the inner child in me, never let go of the make believe.
CRUSHING ON CARTOONS
I would fall in love with these fictional characters. My first crush was most likely a cartoon character. I remember fawning over the handsome prince in Disney movies, longing to meet a boy just like him.
When Mulan came out, I watched it over and over again because it seemed like it was the first time any semblance of my culture was being portrayed in mainstream media. I had a crush on Shang. He’s strong, masculine and at the time, I thought I had to marry an Asian man to appease my family.
Does this make me weird? Dr. Kathryn Seifert, a psychologist well versed in child development and sexuality, said, “Children having feelings toward a cartoon character is perfectly normal.” She further states, “Children are not looking for a partner, they are trying to understand relationships … They are curious and learning about relationships and what they mean. It does not mean the same thing for a child to have a crush on someone and an adult falling in love with another person and having adult sexual feelings toward that person.”
Now, if there is sexual attraction to cartoon character as an adult, it may indicate a problem. It could indicate Schediaphilia which is an offset of Fictiophilia (attraction to fictional characters). Fictiophilia is often times linked to paraphilia. Oxford Dictionary defines paraphilia as, “a condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires, typically involving extreme or dangerous activities.”
IF WE WERE TOONS
As an adult, I can assure that I’m not in love with any cartoon characters nor am I sexually aroused by any. I don’t do the whole hentai thing, but I do watch normal cartoons and anime every once in a while.
Why do I still watch these supposedly kiddie shows? Well, if I have a lot of time on my hands and am bored, then why not.
If Sir and I were cartoon characters, the only cartoon relationship I could possibly compare us to would be Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. Sir is a lot older than me and Tuxedo Mask is a lot older than Sailor Moon. Mamaru which is Tuxedo Mask when he’s not in disguise is very smart and Sir is too. He seems to always come to her rescue and Sir does the same for me. And like Usagi/Sailor Moon, I seem to be completely smitten with Sir.
In this case, I’m not in love with Tuxedo Mask, but I see the qualities about the cartoon character that overlap with Sir’s qualities. I’m still living in the real world.
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