I hope the holidays have treated everyone well!
At Post-Modern Barney, Dorian gives his personal take on issues of sexism and misogyny in the industry in his post: 2006 Wrap-Up Awards.
Because while there is ample evidence of institutional sexism in the comics industry, and more than our fair share of out and out misogynists working in the industry and in fandom, whether or not Stephanie Brown has a display case in the Batcave is a real hard-sell for me as a legitimate grounds for calling out DC for sexism. Batgirl becoming evil is not evidence of misogyny, it’s evidence of sloppy writing. Every time I see a fanboy or fangirl entitlement rant disguised as a serious discussion of gender issues, I cringe, because all those false accusations of sexism confuse the signal to noise ratio to the point where genuine issues of sexism and misogyny get lost, or dismissed out of hand.
Loren at One Diverse Comic Book Nation responds with his own thoughts.
However, I do think that when discourse becomes counter productive is when any room for discussion becomes impossible and when all intent is labeled as evil. I do believe that what happened to Steph Brown and how she was honored (or not honored) after she died is misogynist. And, I think that trying to get DC to give her a display case is a noble cause. But, I agree that it should not be argued in terms of DC now being the evil empire of sexism and misogyny. Unfortunately, that’s not going to motivate any change whatsoever. Am I saying sexism and misogyny doesn’t exist there? No. But, I don’t think that’s what drives the company. I don’t think Dan DiDio sits in his office and asks, “How can I screw over women?”
It’s an interesting discussion, I recommend taking a look!