The paper, "The Active Heroine: Femininity, Female Representation and the Spectatorship of She-Ra," examines the narrative structure of "The Secret of the Sword," discovering a divergence from Vladimir Propp?s classification system of an active heroine rather than a passive heroine, providing a new, empowering narrative structure to the visual media. The film is also analyzed at a visual level to identify the stereotypical markers of femininity and dismantle said markers, especially with regard to the highly sexualized presentation of the female characters. While on the one hand, female sexuality is blatantly on display for the male viewer to objectify it, on the other hand, the open display of femininity as powerful is interpreted as a celebration of ?womanness.? Further, the paper attempts to locate the source of pleasure for the female viewer while watching cinema, namely the pleasures found in desiring the differences presented in the women in the movie as outlined by Jackie Stacy. This desire is not necessarily sexual in nature and provides a specific space for the female audience that does not require her to identify with the male lead on screen. Finally, the paper resolves the question, as best as possible, as to whether there is a difference between the child viewer and the adult viewer. According to the limited research, there is no major difference; however, it is interesting to note that reverse stereotyped TV series reduce the gender stereotyping for 5 and 6 year old girls. "The Secret of the Sword," as a new, diversifying representation of femininity, provides the female audience with more options surrounding the concept of ?woman? and, once presented in the safe environment of animation, has the possibility to be practiced in the real lives of young women, changing the definition of femininity in society in general.