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My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 2)

fan art of hypersexualized Batman by FernacularMy Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art continues to be one of the most popular articles on the site. Since you all seem to like it so much,  I’ve decided to turn it into a ongoing series.

First up is Batman from Fernacular’s series If Male Superhero Costumes were Designed Like Female Superhero Costumes. Fernacular says that she was “tired of guys having no idea why girls find female superhero’s costumes kinda sexist” so she decided to enlighten them. Her goal was to make the viewer think of sex (“whether you want to or not”), make men uncomfortable, and highlight the ridiculousness of it all.

Speaking of an uncomfortably sexualized Batman that makes men uncomfortable… Continue reading ‘My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 2)’

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Did DC Just Introduce a New “Sexy” Red Tornado?

DC-New-52-Red-Tornado

DC’s May “Channel 52” back-up feature (aptly renamed “Channel 2” for its Earth 2 coverage) features a glimpse of the New 52’s Red Tornado.

Guess what! She got DC’s patented New 52 Sexy Makeover™!

It’s disappointing to see one of DC’s only full-figured characters reimagined with the same cookie-cutter body type as the rest. I assume this is a new Red Tornado (I very much doubt there’s supposed to be a skinny Ma Hunkel under that cooking pot) but it’s still part of DC’s larger homogenization of body types. We all remember what the New 52 did to Amanda “The Wall” Waller. Continue reading ‘Did DC Just Introduce a New “Sexy” Red Tornado?’

2012 Superhero Census Update

Rogue, Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Namor, Emma Frost, Storm, Magneto, and other X-MenI just want to give a quick update on the status of my 2012 Superhero Census.

All of the raw data has been collected. It’s a massive amount and information and includes roughly 250 characters that appear across more than 300 individual comics.

Right now, I’m having a few associates proof the collected sex, race, and sexual orientation of all the characters. I’m also working out the best way to display the data. Once I get all the finer points ironed out I’ll publish a series of post examining the results so make sure to stay tune!

A Damsel No More: Pepper Potts in ‘Iron Man 3’

Pepper Potts saves Tony in Iron Man 3When asked about her role as Pepper Potts in “Iron Man 3,” Gwyneth Paltrow told MTV  that “you see her really on equal ground with Tony in their interpersonal dynamic, and as a CEO, and then she’s got all this action… I think in order to move things forward and keep it fresh, you can only be the damsel in distress for so long.”

After catching the film, I’m happy to report that Paltrow’s remarks are far from hyperbole. SPOILERS ahead! Continue reading ‘A Damsel No More: Pepper Potts in ‘Iron Man 3’’

Stop Calling Paradise Island a Feminist Utopia

Wonder Woman's home of Paradise Island

Paradise Island first appeared with Wonder Woman in All Star Comics #8 in December of 1941. Since then, it has often been referred to as a “feminist utopia.”

Please stop doing this. Paradise Island is not a feminist utopia. Continue reading ‘Stop Calling Paradise Island a Feminist Utopia’

‘Wonder Women!’ Documentary Explores Wonder Woman’s Impact on Feminism and Pop Culture

Wonder Women independent documentary title card I’ve been looking forward to seeing this independent documentary since I first saw the trailer last year. I finally got my chance earlier this week when Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. Continue reading ‘‘Wonder Women!’ Documentary Explores Wonder Woman’s Impact on Feminism and Pop Culture’

Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman #1 (summer of 1942)Today, the last day of Women’s History Month, I’d like to take a closer look at the most influential and recognizable superheroine in comics, Wonder Woman.

She may not be the the first comic book superheroine or even the first heroine to star in her own comic, but you can’t deny the impact that Wonder Woman has had on the history of comics and our culture as a whole.

As a character with strong feminist roots, Wonder Woman has certainly seen her share of ups and downs throughout her publication. Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Wonder Woman’

Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)

Ma Hunkel is comic's first crossdressing superheroineWhile Abigail Mathilda “Ma” Hunkel isn’t the first crossdressing superhero in comics (that distinction goes to Madam Fatal, a man who dresses as an elderly lady to fight crime), she is the first superheroine to dress as a man.

As a large, tough as nails, hardworking mother of two, Ma Hunkel is a very different kind of superheroine than is typically depicted in comics.

Created by Sheldon Mayer, Ma Hunkel first appeared in the pages of All-American Comics #3 (June 1939) in a feature entitled Scribbly. More than a year after her debut, she would create her Red Tornado persona in All-American Comics #20 (November 1940). Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)’

Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Olga Mesmer, Fantomah, and Woman in Red

either Olga Mesmer, Fantomah, or Woman in Red is the first superheroine

While it may seem simple enough, the term “superheroine” is actually a rather ambiguous one. There’s a very thin line between the superhero genre and sci-fi and fantasy. Not all superheroes have alter egos, superpowers, and a colorful costume. That’s why it’s difficult to denote the first true superheroine in comics. Instead, I’ve decided to highlight a few of the characters most likely to merit the recognition as the first superheroine in comics. Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Olga Mesmer, Fantomah, and Woman in Red’

Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle

Sheena is the first female character to star in her own comicI’m celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of posts examining historically significant comic heroines, starting with the first female comic character to star in her own title.

Sheena first appeared in the pages of the UK magazine WAGS in 1937. The following year, Sheena would enjoy her first appearance in the U.S. market when Fiction House reprinted her first adventure in the pages of Jumbo Comics #1. Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle’


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