Feminists and comic books, the great mystery. What do they read for? What do they want?
Well, given my leanings, it shouldn’t be surprising that whenever this discussion comes up, I pay close attention.
In this case, I’m cheating a little. These links are not so much in conflict with one another as they are an interesting case study. What do male fans think female fans want and what does one female fan actually want?
Highlander, over at the Miserable Annals of the Earth, thinks he has the answer at One fanboy’s reaction.
But if the new Batgirl is what happens to superhuman women in superhero comics when the Revolution comes, well… please God, let me be the first fanboy up against the wall to be shot.
I mean, suddenly you realize, maybe idealized bodies and sexualized poses ain’t really all that bad.
Willow, one of the names mentioned in Highlander’s argument, has since posted an actual feminist critique regarding comics in her post FIGHTING FASHIONS: A What Not To Wear While Superheroing Column
Drew Johnson Salons do marvelous things with hair, from intricate braiding to sleek, simple power cuts for women. They also get the concept of discretion when it comes to eye-make up. You won’t leave their salon with your eyes looking cat-like, playboy ready and smokey. He also has a distinct line of formal wear that isn’t afraid to admit that women such as yourself spend as much time in the gym as men. But he’s better for those special occasions.
For every day wear, I’d suggest the Darwyn Cook or CSNY (Cameron Stewart NY) lines. Both men know how to be cutting edge and well tailored. You’ll never look more city chic than in Stewart’s comfortable and fashionable jumpsuits. If you give him a bolt of your trade mark fabric, I think he’d do wonders in a tailored special order.
I personally think it’s a very interesting comparison. The comments are worth reading as well.
(If you would by chance like a more direct counter-argument, I might recommend an old blog@ goody from Stephanie Chan: It’s a blast from the past, but also a very good read.)