Is the Legend of Zelda degrading to women? Does its interpretation of the classic fairytale formula lead to nothing more than tale after tale of helpless damsels in distress? Does its portrayal of Link as the hero send the message that males are superior and females are useless? Sadly, to some cynics, the answer to all three is “yes”.
On some occasions these cynics have said that The Legend of Zelda is offensive to woman’s rights. Let us, however, take a different, more rational perspective on the issue. From every angle that I look at the series from, not only do I disagree with those claiming Zelda is sexist, but I have to argue the exact opposite. Zelda isn’t just not sexist, it really is inspiring to feminism. At least, it should be if you interpret it correctly.