- Posted by Johanna on May 20, 2006 at 6:16 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
It’s a classic question: is it futile to complain about sexism in superhero comics?
What I can’t understand , though, is why a lot of women continue to read the superhero titles that are obviously sexist, then blog about how sexist they are. Are superhero books that good? Am I missing out on something? Or has the situation gotten even worse?… There’s simply no getting away from the fact that Superhero books, and probably anything published by Marvel and DC, will be sexist.
She goes on to ask that people spend the time talking about “more positive, pro-female comics or female-created comics. Like….eh, there’s tons. But if [you] tell me “Terry Moore,” I’ll laugh at you.” I love that last bit. Too many people assume that all women enjoy Strangers in Paradise, a title I gave up on when the miniseries was over.
Earlier today, I found myself pondering a similar question as that blogger. I miss the days when there were just a few places to get good discussion about comics online — now it’s all so fragmented, and there’s no central discussion point, and most of the women seem to be over on livejournal, a forum I have no interest in joining. It’s weird to me seeing them talk about Green Lantern and Batgirl, because my superhero fangirl days seem so far away. Although I still love a good escapist adventure comic, there are so many other good things I enjoy reading I just don’t have the time to keep up with mediocre titles.
I can’t be sure whether my perception on this is accurate, but it seems that people spend more time complaining than they do talking about what they like. It’s true that it’s easier to talk about what’s wrong; writing praise is harder than writing denigration. If my perception is inaccurate, than that’s another example of how feedback affects content: negative posts also get a lot more attention than positive, and I may only be noticing the attacks.
I do understand the desire to want to fix something you’re interested in. I don’t know whether adults read superhero comics out of nostalgia or habit or because they’re the easiest kinds of comics to find or because they’re comfortable entertainment or because they really like the genre best. But after a certain point, I have to wonder if it isn’t easier to go read something aimed more at you instead of trying to change the cow into a giraffe. Yes, it’s important to point out that there are women who read superheroes, that it’s not all just men… but it is majority male, and most women who read comics prefer to read other things.
Maybe I’m settling, now that I’ve lost my youthful willingness to fight the good fight rabidly. Maybe I don’t know what I’m trying to say, but I want to continue the discussion. Along those lines, I’m happy to see Ragnell start a new feature, listing five female geek blogs every Friday.