“I was reading some Alan Moore Marvelman for some reason today. I found one in the back there and I couldn’t believe. I pick it up and there are fucking two rapes in it and I suddenly think how many times has somebody been raped in an Alan Moore story? And I couldn’t find a single one where someone wasn’t raped except for Tom Strong, which I believe was a pastiche. We know Alan Moore isn’t a misogynist but fuck, he’s obsessed with rape. I managed to do thirty years in comics without any rape!”
If you’re not already reading David Willis’ Shortpacked!, start.
Debates over the “idealization” and objectification in the portrayal of women in comics are often met with a reflexive response: “Men are idealized in comics, too!” It’s true, they are. But there’s different sorts of idealization, as this series of gender-flipped illustrations from Megan Rosalarian shows.
Dudes, I want you to imagine a world where most of the portrayals of your gender in comics look like the above. Are you going to think “Well, I really like the stories so I’ll just suck it up and read this anyway”? Or are you going to be alienated from reading most comics? Be honest. Are you willing to stare at that much thrusting crotch just to find out if Spiderman is gonna win?
Lots of people in the comics business look at their demographic breakdown and think women don’t like superheroes. The creator of DC Women Kicking Ass made a very apt point when she said, “Let me put it this way, if you keep keeping putting food on a kid’s plate and they don’t eat you do you assume they don’t like to eat or they don’t like the food? Right.”
Women like comics. And not just flowery manga and autobio stuff. We like superheroes.
(Source: Boing Boing)
Here’s the Wikipedia article on DC Comics’ New 52. Notice how there’s nothing there about the widespread criticism of DC’s lack of female creators and sexist portrayals of female characters? Fix it. Good monkeys.
(I’d do it myself, but I’m too tired and full of pizza.)