While we acknowledge that comics on the whole has always been a male orientated industry because of the audience, the industry has been changing because the audience is changing. The internet and the sudden increase in superhero movies and TV makes that possible. So we are happy to see more female creators help shape the industry and the increase in females readers. However, as a female myself, while I know story telling has evolved ( there are stories in the past that were fine for the day but could be seen as sexist, racist, xenophobic etc now ) we still need to be cognizant of the fact that males did create some of the best known and beloved female characters. I think it is fine to discuss sexism in comics but when it comes to story telling, writers and artists, male and female, should simply be true to themselves and their vision. If it is a good story it will be generally embraced and resonate. But we have a very varied audience who all have their own bias and prejudices and likes/dislikes and you can never please everybody all the time.
I think the industry could be doing more to help bring in female creators but I also do believe in meritocracy. You have to produce something good regardless of your sex. For example, I have read male and female writers of Wonder Woman and while it does not occur to me to critique writers based on their gender…I do know I preferred the Wonder Woman vol 2 series which had more male writers than WW vol 3 which boasted 2 female writers. I don’t think just because someone is a man or woman means they will write better or be less sexist in general. And what is deemed sexist to you or me could be different. eg, some SM/WW detractors condemn Diana in a scene pulling up her boots as too sexual. I was inclined as a reader to go think that is really reaching, and them simply trying to nitpick and try to find offense.
I think it gets a little unhealthy when some fans attack things they simply don’t like as sexist or misogynistic because it is like a buzz word as opposed to it really having content that meets those critiques. They have been shown willing to accept other questionable stories once it does not affect what they want and they have no problem with it in other mediums like TV or movies. Many comicbook sites for example praise the the Superman/Wonder Woman book but there is a small clique of fans who go around trying to label it as sexist because end of the day they ship something else. Or the people who simply hate the new 52 because it brings change. So while we should continue to discuss about all sorts of things that affect us from sexism to the lack of diversity, we do need to try to do it in a way that creates constructive dialogue and maybe acknowledge that we don’t know it all and we don’t speak for every one but yes, we all want well rounded and authentic representations of women, men, diversity, sexual orientation etc.
Superman/Wonder Woman is a concept I think can bring in more females to comics because it encapsulates all the things that makes a good story…strong characterization, kickass action, authentic romance and drama. I had zero interest in comics or comic couplings until I read about them some years ago and as one can see from our tumblr and twitter feed we have female readers and supporters of the relationship and the new book. I feel they stand as an equal pairing and the relationship importantly is not cushioned in cliches or recycled troupes. ie the love triangle of the hero/ the secret id and the civilian or the hero having to save the love interest every time. Clark and Diana can grow together and really reciprocate on every level. This relationship is not dysfunctional either but based on mutual respect and trust and its rare to see that. Even when they were not in a romance they always spoke the truth to each other and were close friends. They don’t have to suppress/hide who they are to be with each other and like any real couple, learn about compromise and how to meet each other half way if they want a relationship to work. That a male writer is presenting this so far is not remarkable to me he is a male writer but that he is just writing it well as a writer.
Bruce and Selina in Young Romance #1
MAKE ME CHOOSE: paddyfitz asked house martell or house lannister
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Superman/Wonder Woman #7
Exchanges like this makes me love these two even more. He is so badly injured himself and yet doesn’t want to leave her. She chides him to go and heal, to look after himself and reminds him that she had a choice. He is not to blame himself for what happened to her. Hessia is there so they can’t really say what they want to each other…but actions as we know speak louder than words. What they went through together and did for each other says it all.
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