Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Mainstream Media Looks At Comic Book Feminism

In the January 14 issue of Newsweek, there's an unfortunately-titled article talking about how sexism has long been prevalent in the comic book industry (with a focus on DC in particular), but that it's starting to change. I'm honestly not sure how to feel about the piece; on one hand, it's bringing greater attention to the subject, but on the other hand, it does so in what I think is an almost condescending way.

2 comments:

Our Man Horn said...

If I had a nickel for every lameass, comics-related headline that uses either "Holy ____, Batman!" or "Sock! Pow! Biff!" I could retire.

Jesus. How unimaginative and cliché. I'm going to be 40 this year and those catchphrases from TV's "Batman" are older still.

I wonder if Newsweek's copy editor still thinks "Show me the money!" or "Go ahead... make my day" are still ripe for use.

Avi Green said...

I read it. They're behind the times when they say that only now, women are "finally breaking into the boys' club." There's really nothing in it that I haven't heard before. And they must've really loved getting that apologia quote from Simone: "today we're not seeing those stories much." Really, we're not? Didn't Big Barda bite the bullet without a fight recently? Come to think of it, what about the mess Joe Quesada made with Spider-Man and Mary Jane?

This also explains why I'm less inclined to forgive most writers for what they tell the mainstream press today, and I try to be careful not to be too soft on writers like Chuck Dixon either, even if he's a conservative like me. Even they can have a letdown waiting around the corner.