chimera-kitten said: I just wanted to let you know that the word 'kawaii' is a near slur against women. It came about from an evolution of women writing in a childlike manner in the 1970's. The word means pathetic, not cute. Hello Kitty is the spokes person of 'kawaii'. She is a infantile female character that is handless, mouth-less and expressionless. These aspects of her appearance represent her useless/helplessness.
Jenn here. I think it is one of those slurs that can have positive or neutral meanings in a different context. Much like troll and tr***. I had a Japanese headmate and he never told me this, also, in my past life, I was frequently called this by my human family. My former family loved me and certainly did not think I was pathetic.