“[I]f you support DC Comics, then personally, I really can’t consider you a feminist.” — Valerie D’Orazio, January 16 (link no longer available) (via Ragnell)
Yet… “If you really want these comics [starring and/or created by women] to be successful — and, in turn, convince Hollywood to make more movies starring these superheroines — then make more of an effort to support these comics. Talk them up on your blogs, and support them with your wallets. No, I’m not saying support the ones you think are “crap.” But go support Wonder Woman.” — Valerie D’Orazio, January 9 (link no longer available)
So, if we’re supposed to support comics about and by women … yet we’re not feminists if we support DC … I guess that leaves Marvel. Which has a new series coming out, Cloak and Dagger, starring a woman and written by a woman … Valerie D’Orazio. How convenient!
Update: Gail Simone discussed sexism at Marvel in August 2006 (link no longer available). So does that make D’Orazio not a feminist because she still supports the company? Or does it just point out how stupid these kinds of litmus tests are?
Update 2: Valerie responds (link no longer available) by ignoring the contradictions in her posts and playing victim once again. It seems I made her afraid! — her emphasis — to express her opinions for over a year. Why does she care what I think? (Unless, maybe, I have a point?)
Her post is, however, also a great summation of my comments on working at DC. I’m not sure what she thinks it proves, other than we both had bad experiences with some of their staff. And that, once again, my headlines get me in trouble because some people ignore the entire post following and only pay attention to the title.
(Oh, and can someone explain to me why anyone would consider receiving review copies a conflict of interest?)