More on Sexism Reflections

I feel like I should clarify something about my thoughts on battling sexism in comics. I’m saying that I’m uncertain how I feel about it. I’m glad to see others with more energy or different opinions taking the fight wherever they feel it needs to be.

Someone at Four Color Comics says I seem “almost resigned, defeated.” I’m sorry I gave that impression, because I don’t think it’s accurate. I haven’t lost — I’m just leaving the fight over a particular city block because there’s a whole metropolis to romp through.

That particular blog post, though, makes a mistake that makes me crazy. Please remember that “superhero comics” is just one (ever-decreasing) part of a whole medium with a growing diversity and audience. Using “superhero comics” and “comics” interchangeably concedes the argument before it’s even begun. That’s something that I also noticed in this otherwise entertaining podcast rant.

3 Responses to “More on Sexism Reflections”

  1. J.D. @ Four Color Comics Says:

    I’m just leaving the fight over a particular city block because there’s a whole metropolis to romp through.

    I understand what you’re saying. There are more important things to be worried about. But I think it’s important to continue to point out problems with the portrayal of women in comics whenever you can. (And I’m sure you will.)

    And I’m sorry if I gave the impression that I think superhero comics and comics are synonymous! I didn’t mean to conflate the two terms. (Re-reading my post, I can see that I’ve phrased things sloppily.) Believe me, I know the difference. In fact, I just posted an introduction to graphic novels in which I specifically steer clear of the superhero genre.

    I enjoy both superhero and non-superhero books, but most of the comics I read today don’t have costumed crusaders. The quality just isn’t there, but a lot of the old ingrained prejudices are.

    Keep up the good work! I’ll try not to misinterpret you in the future! :)

  2. Lea Says:

    I appreciate what you have to say. It makes me go, “Okay, it’s not just me.”

    You’re right about stomping through the metropolis, too. Now that I can, I will talk about the misogyny I see, while also moving on to friendlier venues for my work.

  3. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, JD. It’s one of those bugaboos of mine, like never using the word “mainstream” in reference to comics.

    Lea, we’ve GOT to get together in person sometime and commiserate. :)




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