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kissmachine
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posted 26 February 2004 09:06 PM      Profile for kissmachine   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
To all the kick-ass chicks reading Babble: I have an anthology coming out, called Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks.Girls Who Bite Back

I'm trying to get some discussions going on the site's forum about why we love (to hate) female superheroes. I'd like this to expand beyond the scope of the book. There's too little thought being given to these comic, TV and movie characters.

Are they empowering, tough women or solely vehicles for corporations to make a buck off "girl power"? Please help me make it a lively forum... La Superheroines Forum


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madlyoffinalldirections
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posted 26 February 2004 10:36 PM      Profile for madlyoffinalldirections     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I kind of like Storm from X-Men - Wonder Woman bites.
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windymustang
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posted 26 February 2004 11:07 PM      Profile for windymustang     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love Marg Delahunte from This Hour Has 22 Minutes. At least I think that's the character's name. She's big and strong, no size 6 there, says exactly what she thinks and kicks ass all over parlament hill. She's my kind of hero!!
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kissmachine
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posted 26 February 2004 11:41 PM      Profile for kissmachine   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The original Wonder Woman from the comics was kind of cool, but she fell in love with Major Steve. Yeesh. I mean, how likely is it that a goddess would be willing to become a secretary to a military man all because he's handsome?
I haven't seen Marg Delahunte, but she sounds cool. There are so few non-Barbie superwomen. Can anyone think of one with wrinkles?

[ 26 February 2004: Message edited by: kissmachine ]


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Dr. Mr. Ben
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posted 27 February 2004 12:56 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was always kind of uncomfortable with the bondage imagery in the early Wonder Woman comics. Especially as, if I recall correctly, the character was created by a psychologist precisely to serve as a role model for girls. Was he trying to teach girls that their role in society was to be constrained and submissive, to have their power taken away from them?
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Doug
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posted 27 February 2004 12:59 AM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I kind of like the idea of Wonder Woman tying me up and making me tell the truth.
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Dr. Mr. Ben
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posted 27 February 2004 01:04 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, the thing was that she ended up getting tied up most of the time in the early days. If you look at a bunch of the golden age Wonder Woman covers, she seems to be strapped to a chair or something to a degree that makes one suspect that Something Was Up.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 27 February 2004 01:19 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
vehicles for corporations to make a buck off "girl power"?

I only suspect this when it's written "grrrrl power".


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Alix
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posted 27 February 2004 09:44 AM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I always identified strongly with Shadowcat from the X-men. I even turned 15 around the same time the character did.

My partner has this theory that for a while, they were leading up to her taking over leadership of the X-Men, but then for whatever reason backed off. Probably because she was so young, but that was what was great about her character - she was young, but incredibly smart.

When I was a teenager I always thought I looked like her. And I desperately wanted a pet dragon too.

Yes, I'm a nerd.


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Loony Bin
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posted 27 February 2004 11:42 AM      Profile for Loony Bin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had a couple of She-Ra dolls. She was kinda neat, but I hated that she was made on a smaller scale than He-Man. I always wanted her to kick his ass, but even in imaginary play with the dolls, I knew that she was just too small to really be able to do it...

I started to really get into Electra in the Daredevil movie, and then she died. I was pissed off about that. My boyfriend tells me that she was resurrected in the comic strip, and came back a number of times, in different guises (sometimes "good", sometimes "evil")...

I also like Hermione in the Harry Potter stories, because she's so bloody smart. I just wish she could (or would) sometimes step in to kick some ass of her own, rather than just telling the boys how to do it.


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 27 February 2004 11:48 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
She was kinda neat, but I hated that she was made on a smaller scale than He-Man

Apparently when toy companies began to consider marketing dolls for boys, they realized they'd need to do two things, to ensure that the taint of girliness didn't ruin them. One was to call them "action figures", NEVER "dolls".

The other was to make them on a larger scale than similar dolls, so that boys wouldn't be tempted to make GI Joe and Barbie play house together. Or form the 'beast with two backs', presumably.


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Loony Bin
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posted 27 February 2004 11:55 AM      Profile for Loony Bin   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, in a case like He-Man and She-Ra, that's just plain stupid. They're characters from the same cartoon, but if you had both of them as "action figures" (which I did), they couldn't even play together properly! (Clearly, I'm a real stickler for verisimilitude and appropriate scale etc.)

Everybody knows Barbie and GI Joe were hot for eachother anyways, even if they were from two different (sized) worlds.


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posted 27 February 2004 12:39 PM      Profile for Catus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Single Best Comic Book Heroine of current comicdom? Miss "Wilhelmina" Mina Murray of Alan Moore's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". While she does not "kick ass and take names ( and who could expect her to when surrounded by top-notch bruisers like Mr Hyde, Cap't nemo and Allan Quartermain) she certainly hold's her own, particularly as the brains and ethical centre of the party of 5 (6?). She is even the Savior of the League in the first series ( an excellent read).

While a Victorian lady, Mina is hardly the "fainter" nor the "floozy".


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