- Posted by Johanna on May 10, 2007 at 8:15 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Oh, good, the overreaction to my comments about the audience for superhero comics has already begun. I’m “condescending” and “don’t know what the hell [I’m] talking about” and “offensive” and “talking out [my] ass” because I believe that some genres tend to be gender-identified, and superhero comics make up one of them.
(If 30 years of reading superhero comics and a master’s degree in popular culture focusing on fandom doesn’t give me some slack on “knowing what I’m talking about” in terms of the genre, I don’t know what will.)
I know why they’re reacting so vehemently: they’re afraid of being further marginalized. I say “superhero comics aren’t for girls”, they hear “so shut up, you shouldn’t like them”. Only I didn’t say, and don’t believe, that second part. They’re reacting to what I didn’t say out of fear and hurt from past experiences, I suspect.
Here’s the part I found funny: the commenters say “if you’re going to pick apart Ragnell’s argument or accuse her of hypocrisy, you might want to limit yourself to things she ACTUALLY ARGUED.” I guess you only get that courtesy if you toe the party line on the need to make superhero comics aimed at women. Thankfully, there’s one commenter (David) who gets it, although they ignore his point.
I just realized: the non-typical women want to shun me for being non-typical in relation to them. It really is a basic part of human nature, isn’t it, to form tribes?