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Dance of the Puppets

Like a bat on a hot tin roof since August 2005

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Okay, but no.

I read way too many other comics blogs. I blame Ragnell and Kalinara When I reach the point where I am commenting about what other people are writing about comics then I should probably stop and go read a comic. Or go sit on a beach. How about if I go sit on a beach and read a comic? Yeah, I could make that work.

Anyhow, what's got me all exercised today is that I've read several articles in the last couple of days talking about various productions and doing the Women in Refrigerators thing (not freezers. *rolls eyes*) of examining how the female members of the cast are mistreated and then using that to bang on about inequality and misogyny.

The problem is that the evidence in each of these cases is taken from a narrow, blinkered reading of the source material which undermines their whole argument. Yes, female characters are depicted in an overly sexualised way compared to male characters, but you can't support this by saying that their costumes are basically nude figures with costumes painted on. That's been the style of superhero art as long as they have been around, and it has been applied equally to males as to females. In fact it probably started out with male characters drawn that way to show off their muscles, so when female characters were created they just went with the same plan because it's easy to draw.

And yes, many of the female characters in the latest X-Men film didn't fare too well, but having just watched it I couldn't say that the male characters were treated any better. Except Wolverine who is a complete Mary-Sue, which I'm not sure does him any favours since it means that he is rapidly turning into the Fonze.

So yes, there is plenty of injustice toward female comic characters, but before you get outraged about a specific example, make a little effort to check that they are getting treated any worse than the rest of the cast, or other comparable characters in general.

3 Comments:

Anonymous ae660 said...

Have you read the new Wonder Woman yet? Why don't you talk about that? :)

5:09 am  
Blogger Disintegrating Clone said...

Babysitter problems have stopped me seeing the film yet, but why is the Wolverine character a Mary-Sue?

9:58 am  
Blogger Marionette said...

Because the world exists to make him look cool. Because he is always the most successful character, able to succeed where everyone has failed. Because he is always right, always cool, always has the right thing to say.

He's no fun anymore.

8:12 am  

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