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posted 07 August 2007 08:11 AM      Profile for jrose     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Supergirls Gone Wild: Gender Bias In Comics Shortchanges Superwomen

Of course, sudden-death plot twists are nothing new in comic books. (Just ask Captain America, who was whacked earlier this year after an illustrious 60-year crime-fighting career.) Neither are angry readers: Comic-book fans are known for their fanatical love for their favorite characters—and their ferocious scorn for anyone who dares to mess them up. But the new wave of feminist fangirls has taken this obsessiveness even further, geeking out about the ways that superwomen are shortchanged by dumb story lines, flat characterization, and titillating art. They love their comics as much as the sweatiest fanboy—and they hate nothing more than when real-life problems like the glass ceiling intrude on their escapist fantasies.

Ever since the pulpy era of tales like "Lois Lane, Slave Girl," women in comic books have usually been stuck as tagalongs, also-rans, and girlfriends who try to tie down male heroes with marriage. With very few exceptions, comic-book writers and artists have been men, and they've assumed most of their readers were, too. But despite the genre's teenage testosterone appeal, there have always been dedicated fans like Gail Simone, who grew up in the 1970s enjoying the all-American ritual of buying comic books at the convenience store and curling up with four-color fantasies about fellow redhead Batgirl. As she got older, Simone noticed that a dark undercurrent was creeping into her favorite titles as they pushed a new "grim 'n' gritty" aesthetic. Batgirl was shot in the spine by the Joker, who then took obscene photos of her.

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The Wizard of Socialism
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posted 07 August 2007 09:26 AM      Profile for The Wizard of Socialism   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I always thought Power Girl kicked ass. She never took any shit from Booster Gold, Blue Beetle or Guy Gardner back in the JLI days.
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posted 07 August 2007 01:15 PM      Profile for Makwa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK, I admit it. I was in love with vampirilla when I was 12. Who else could take on the hoards of evil minions like she could?
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