Posts Tagged 'sexism in comics'

Sisters in Arms: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 5

Golden Age Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls art by H. G. Peter

This is the fifth of a multi-part examination of Brian Azzarello’s current run on “Wonder Woman.” It’s recommended that you go back and read the series from the beginning.

SPOILERS for Wonder Woman #0-20 ahead.

Women’s Solidarity and Camaraderie

Marston’s Wonder Woman champions for a sense of solidarity among women. Diana’s relationship with the Amazons, Etta Candy, and the Holliday Girls all firmly establish the importance of women’s camaraderie as a central theme of Wonder Woman. Continue reading ‘Sisters in Arms: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 5′

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Rape, Murder, Slavery, and Infanticide: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 4

Wonder Woman #7 by  Brian Azzarello and Cliff ChiangThis is the fourth of a multi-part examination of Brian Azzarello’s current run on “Wonder Woman.” It’s recommended that you go back and read the series from the beginning.

SPOILERS for Wonder Woman #0-20 ahead.

Rape, Murder, Slavery, and Infanticide

Even more controversial than the changes made to Wonder Woman’s origins are these pages from the now infamous Wonder Woman #7. Continue reading ‘Rape, Murder, Slavery, and Infanticide: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 4′

Trained in the Ways of War: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 3

Wonder Woman #0 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang This is the third of a multi-part examination of Brian Azzarello’s current run on “Wonder Woman.” It’s recommended that you go back and read the series from the beginning

SPOILERS for Wonder Woman #0-20 ahead.

Trained in the Ways of War

Wonder Woman #0 introduces another interesting addition to the mythos. In this fun, Silver Age-styled romp set 11 years in the past, War becomes so impressed with the accomplishments of the then 12-year old Diana that he offers to further train her in the art of war. This is presumably to groom her to one day assume his throne. Continue reading ‘Trained in the Ways of War: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 3′

From Dirt to Divinity: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 2

Hippolyta-makes-Diana-out-of-clay-Wonder Woman #2 This is the second of a multi-part examination of Brian Azzarello’s current run on “Wonder Woman.” It’s recommended that you go back and read the series from the beginning

SPOILERS for Wonder Woman #0-20 ahead.

From Dirt to Divinity

Wonder Woman #3 introduces us to Azzarello’s first major change to the Wonder Woman mythos: the revelation of Zeus as Diana’s father. Continue reading ‘From Dirt to Divinity: Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 2′

Diana Doesn’t Need a Misogynist Ally : Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 1

Wonder Woman #1 (2011) cover almost textlessIn the comments of my previous post about Wonder Woman’s feminist origins and how changes in the character often resulted from historical changes in the social role of women, several readers expressed an interest in my interpretation of Brian Azzarello’s controversial Wonder Woman series.

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Before I go any further, I should address the giant misogynist elephant in the room.

Continue reading ‘Diana Doesn’t Need a Misogynist Ally : Examining Azzarello’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Part 1′

Abstract: ‘Tights, Tits, and Titian: Female Objectification from the Italian Renaissance to Contemporary Comics’

Ultimate Comics Thor Vol 1 #1 textless Scott J. Campbell variant (2010)

Women as accessories

As previously announced, I’ll be presenting “Tights, Tits, and Titian: Female Objectification from the Italian Renaissance to Contemporary Comics” at the 6th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference at Dragon Con 2013!

Here’s my presentation’s abstract as a little sneak peek.

From art historical depictions of “Venus,” odalisques, and nude bathers to the improbably proportioned superheroines of contemporary comics, the female form has long been the subject of objectification. Continue reading ‘Abstract: ‘Tights, Tits, and Titian: Female Objectification from the Italian Renaissance to Contemporary Comics’’

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)’

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’


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