It’s hard to discuss feminism with regards to comic books online without encountering the Bingo Card, a tongue in cheek way of highlighting common responses to feminist concerns. (An explanation can be found here.)
Maybe you should give the bingo thing a rest. Yes, we might find it funny, but I think it alienates people who might otherwise be sympathetic to complaints about sexism/misogyny. The post which explained the whole bingo concept (which I can’t find right now) does a fairly good job in explaining everything, but I still think this is a fairly exclusionary rhetorical device–you’re for us or against us! You get it or you don’t! In the present landscape, I don’t think this is a useful way to frame the argument. People are much more willing to consider your perspective if they think you’re inviting them to do so, rather than telling them they’re too stupid to understand.
Lyle Masaki, from Crocodile Caucus, points out the rationale behind the Bingo Card.
The thing about the BINGO post is that, yes, the point is that there are some people who just won’t get it and, frankly, aren’t worth attempting a conversation with. ‘You’re for us or against us!’ isn’t the point, ‘You get it or you don’t!’ is. Maybe you have to get stuck in a few dozen conversations with someone who truly believes that The Thing is a good example of a sexually idealized male superhero to counter Witchblade, to understand the feeling. But too damn many conversations that go on in comics fandom are like discussing global warming with someone who thinks a cold winter’s day is reason to start questioning if global warming happens. Sorry, the vast majority of people who bring up one of those BINGO points aren’t worth treating credibly for one who values their sanity — any of those arguments usually ends up in a circular conversation with someone who just isn’t listening to you.
So what do you think?