Posts Tagged 'womens studies'



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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‘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: 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’

Superheroines for Women’s History Month

The Superheroine Wonder Woman, painted by Alex Ross Happy Women’s History Month!

As I mentioned in my post about Butterfly, the first black superheroine, I’ll be observing the month with a series of posts highlighting some of the most influential and historically important female superheroes in comics. Each Monday in March, I’ll publish a different superheroine spotlight similar to those in my Black Superheroes for Black History Month series.

Join me this Monday when we’ll take a look at the first heroine with her own title: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle! Continue reading ‘Superheroines for Women’s History Month’

Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course

Taught by Christina Blanch of Ball State University with Mark WaidMark Waid (Kingdom ComeDaredevil, Irredeemable) has recently announced a free online college-level course called “Gender Through Comics” which will feature live weekly interviews from some of the comic industry’s top creators! Continue reading ‘Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course’

Komen to Pinkwash Your Favorite Marvel Heroes this Month

Wolverine #315 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Variant Cover X-23

Et tu, Laura?

When it was announced that Marvel would be offering pinkwashed comic covers this month, I was more than a little upset.

You see, Marvel is teaming with Susan G. Komen to offer pink varients of Avengers #31Captain America #18Captain Marvel #5Fantastic Four #611Invincible Iron Man #526, Mighty Thor #21Uncanny X-Men #20, and Wolverine #315.

I understand that Marvel’s only goal is make money. The problem is, so is Komen’s. Continue reading ‘Komen to Pinkwash Your Favorite Marvel Heroes this Month’

My Superhero Census Abstract for Dragon*Con 2012

Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, ColossusAs I mentioned in my last post, I’m ecstatic to be presenting “A Superhero Census: Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men, Avengers, and Justice League” at the 5th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference being held at Dragon*Con 2012.

Central themes of the X-Men comics include alienation, otherness, and being born different, but does the team actually practice what they preach? Are the X-Men really as diverse as they would like us to think? How do the demographics of the X-Men compare to that of  real world national averages and to other superhero teams such as The Avengers and the Justice League? Continue reading ‘My Superhero Census Abstract for Dragon*Con 2012’

Scarlett Johansson on the Depiction of Superheroines in Film

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in Marvel's The Avengers

Marvel’s The Avengers has now beaten out The Dark Knight as the third highest grossing film of all time. (The Avengers has raked in a reported $573.7 million compared to The Dark Knight’s $533.3 million.) It’s not surprising when you consider that the film made over $200 million it’s opening weekend. But, what I found most impressive is that an estimated 40% of the opening weekend audience was female.
Continue reading ‘Scarlett Johansson on the Depiction of Superheroines in Film’

I’m Responsible for the Cancellation of ‘X-23’

Last week, the final issue of ‘X-23’ hit store shelves.

Sadly, the final issue of X-23 hit the stands last Wednesday. I love X-23. She’s an amazing character. Sure, some creators have handled her better than others, but overall Laura is one of my favorite female characters in the Marvel Universe.

That’s why back in November when Marvel announced that X-23 had been canceled I was outraged. X-23 was the company’s last solo-book starring a female lead! They had already canceled their female-starring Ghost Rider series! How could Marvel do this?

Then I realized that I hadn’t purchased a single issue of X-23 or Ghost Rider. It’s my fault they were cancelled. Continue reading ‘I’m Responsible for the Cancellation of ‘X-23’’


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