This is an excellent opinion piece on how women are treated in comics. Spoiler: they’re treated badly, like objectified sexual tools.
Why you ask? Well, because I knew it would cause a ****storm, as any comics column that’s remotely controversial does, especially it seems when written by a woman. I had also decided, partway through writing She Has No Head! that I was going to take a decidedly more positive tact for the column, primarily focusing on books that are good, and what I’d like to see more of, supporting creators that are getting it right.
Read the rest of the article for a good look into sexism in comics and the fact it’s actually getting worse.
Just avoid the comments. Yes, there is a lot of really positive comments, but there’s also crap like this.
When I hear Fems argue for more representations of fat, slovenly, lazy men as love interests in female power/sex fantasy oriented Romance Novels, maybe I might give a damn about their hissy fit over superhero comics.
This is essentially about censorship. Saying bad art doesn’t deserve to exist because it offends your political beliefs is not acceptable in a free society. Maybe you wouldn’t jail an anime fan for child porn or assassinate a cartoonist for depicting Mohammed, but you are on the same side of the fence as the people who do. If only there was some sort of legal defense fund for comic books.
- Female Superhero Comic Book Art by Lynne Yoshii (geektyrant.com)
- Comic Book Six Degrees: Mystery Men to Mystery Men (goodcomics.comicbookresources.com)