Watching this show full of teens in corsets I’m thinking about how much responsibility direction - and permitted range of expression in actors - bears for the treatment of women in media, costuming entirely aside. Almost every primary female character wears corsetry at one point or another - satin, leather, silver pvc, transparent neon.. the earnest leader girl, the spiritualist, the prissy princess, the eleven year old, the mean warrior, the survivalist, the family-oriented warrior.. wildly varied character types, fairly varied body types, widely varied character purposes.
And none of them ever seem ogled by the camera, none of them ever seem like the eye candy. They’re there to be living characters in high drama and their costuming doesn’t actually get in the way. The camera never lingers on their cleavage or their hips, even in bedroom scenes - they’re never encumbered or emotionally harnessed by their outfits. I’ve been watching this show for fourteen years and I only just noticed how IRL fetishy they are and how widespread: because they aren’t worn that way.
Because this is a children’s show there’s no male gaze - because there’s no male gaze the bodies of actresses aren’t hijacked by a gross agenda and can be allowed to exist, in whatever clothing, as neutral territory owned only by the personality inside of it.