At not responding to this rancid bit of idiocy. I have no excuse, you’ll just have to forgive me.
Let’s start at the top, shall we?
more babes with superpowers.
Yeah, that’s exactly what all women wish for. More characters chosen solely for their sex appeal. It’s all about the “babe”-alciousness, ladies, didn’t you know?
It’ll never work simply because men and women have different interests.
Clearly, it’s the Y chromosome that makes one like men in tights, right? It’s a total dude thing. Women, well, we don’t like action. It must be true. A guy told us!
Catching bad guys is not a common female fantasy. Ask most women which movies they’re most looking forward to in 2009 and odds are that it’ll be something starring Julia Roberts.
Because he’s done the years of Kinsey-esque psychological research to figure out what women fantasize about, right?
why are we so dead set on forcing women to get interested in movies about beating people up? There’s something unintentionally sexist about it, it’s as if we’re saying women’s interests are somehow inherently inferior, and to be validated they must instead find ways to be more like men.
OK, our boy does have a point here. There’s nothing wrong with traditionally “feminine” interests. Women’s interests are not inherently inferior–Twilight isn’t inherently worse than Batman comics, as I argued before. I rail against the devaluation of the feminine plenty. But it’s not a good excuse for this guy to tell women what they like and dislike. Sorry, no.
Of course some women actually are interested in superheroes, just as there are guys out there who are really into touchy-feely musicals. Most of them are British, but even here in America you’ll occasionally run into a guy with a twisted love of Mamma Mia!. Sure you’ll see women at Comic Con dressed up as Wonder Woman. But you’ll see a lot more men dressed up as Batman. And unlike those women, none of the guys are being paid by booth owners just to stand around and slut it up. Nothing draws a nerd crowd quite like exposed female skin. There are exceptions to any rule.
See, here we go again. First of all, he admits that yes, some women do like superheroes! Win! Then he makes fun of men who like traditionally feminine things (what happened to that “unintentional sexism,” buddy?). And it’s all downhill from there. Women dressed as Wonder Woman are “sluts,” are they? Women who dress as Wonder Woman are clearly just getting paid to appeal to men.
This reminds me of the endless arguments I’d have with my ex about my clothing. His assumption was always that whatever I was wearing, it was there to appeal to men, not because I possibly enjoyed it. (But that’s personal, and y’all don’t want to hear it.)
Also, if dressing like Wonder Woman is only for the male gaze (as he notes earlier in the piece), then why on earth would women WANT to identify with her? The fact is that Wonder Woman does appeal to the male gaze, yes, but she also appeals to women who like to feel strong AND sexy, and yes, who might like the idea of having that lasso around to go after the “bad” guys…
And of course, “Nothing draws a nerd crowd like exposed female skin.” Here we go again ripping on the male fans just as much as the female fans. Because you know all comics fans are nerds who never get laid, so they have to get all excited about females dressed in costume, right?
So go ahead, make more movies about female superheroes. Just don’t make them with an eye towards entertaining women. Make them for men.
Because all the women asking for more female superheroes don’t actually know what they want.
Quality movies like Sex and the City are all too rare, and its success over the summer proved what needs to be done. Stop trying to force feed women what men want, and consider giving them what women want instead. We don’t need more female superhero movies, we need more movies for females.
I’m fairly sure that he han’t actually seen Sex and the City. For one thing, well, guys aren’t into movies for girls, right? For another, well, it wasn’t very good. (Yes, I saw it. I also saw Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and The Dark Knight, all of which were actually good.)
Anyway. I’m fairly certain that this whole post was nothing more than troll-bait. That Josh Tyler knew he’d get lots of responses like this one, and lots of hits and links back. And if I didn’t know that there were people out there who actually do think like this, well, I wouldn’t have given him the satisfaction.
But the thing is, we do need more female superheroes. And less gender essentialism. Or rather, less biological essentialism. Tyler’s right, we do need to treat “things for women” as if they’re just as valid as “things for men.” But we also have to break down the wall that says that the guy who likes Mamma Mia! is “twisted” and that women don’t fantasize about beating up bad guys (or enjoy beating things up, period).
My hot pink boxing gloves can attest to the fact that women can enjoy action and kicking ass AND girliness. So can the success both on TV and in comics of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena, as well as the long-lasting love for Wonder Woman.
Hell, even in Twilight, Bella notes, “I want to be Superman, too.”