Moving Beyond Outrage: The Real Solution to Women In Comics
a open letter from a comic book professional
[Note: This letter expresses my own personal opinion and not that of any of my employers or professional partners past or present. ]
“We need more women in comics!” Such has been the…
Check out this awesome, thoughtful letter by Mairghread Scott about an oft-ignored problem re: Women In Comics - VISIBILITY.
If we don’t talk about the women in comics that are already working (surprise, surprise - there are women working at smaller publishers!), how can we expect new women to join the ranks?
The latest at THE TERESA JUSINO EXPERIENCE about artist Tony Harris’ recent Facebook rant. Click the link above.
In a world where Chris Brown is allowed to beat his girlfriend, then continue to have a music career and be rewarded by the Grammys while receiving little to no criticism for his actions from his professional peers; in a world where women continue to not only be his fans, but tweet about how they would “totally let him beat them if he wanted to” because he’s soooo hot (Fact: actually, he’s not. Even before the violence, Rhianna could’ve done so much better.), I refuse to lose my faith in humanity and in our ability to figure out this gender balance business.
Because every time I see examples of why I shouldn’t have faith in the world, I see examples of why I should.
Take Paul Cornell, for instance. I’ve been a fan of his writing for a long time, in part, because he always writes his female characters with such respect. Because one of the characters he created was a female Muslim superhero. Because the girls he wrote for Young Avengers were way more interesting than the boys were. Because he’s currently writing a comic (due out next month) called Saucer Country, which has a Latina protagonist.
Now, he’s taking his respect for women and desire for gender parity in fandom one step further by putting his money where his mouth is with regard to convention panels. Check out his most recent blog post HERE.
As long as there are people, like Paul, who get it, how can I lose hope? As long as I know it isn’t just me, I know I can go on fighting. Until the world is a more balanced place.
A couple of linky-links you might find interesting:
The fabulous Jill Pantozzi hit the nail on the head in her assessment of the DC Comics Neilsen survey about the New 52 over at The Mary Sue. Check it out, and marvel (no pun intended) at the willful mediocrity.
The Daily Beast reports about Obama’s intelligent compromise between accessible birth control for women and the religious employers who would deny coverage of birth control to their employees.
Employers should have no say in an employees decision to have children. Period.
Someone call the whaaaaaaaaambulance. Karen Handel, after (thankfully) resigning from the Susan G. Komen foundation called Planned Parenthood a “gigantic bully” for starting a “campaign” that got people all riled up against Komen. (also from The Daily Beast)
I hate to break it to you, Ms. Handel. PP didn’t have to start a campaign. It’s just that a lot of people DISAGREE WITH YOU. Hopefully, now that you’ve got a freer schedule, you’ll be able to reflect on exactly how you went wrong and maybe do something about keeping your personal beliefs out of how you handle an organization’s money.
Alan Taylor has been chosen to replace Patty Jenkins as the director of Thor 2. While I don’t know what Jenkins’ vision of the film was, I find it hard to believe that they couldn’t come up with a woman to replace her. Why should they try?
1) Natalie Portman agreed to be involved in the film because of Jenkins’ involvement, because Jenkins would’ve been the first woman to helm a big-budget superhero film. Now, Portman is contractually obligated to be in it, putting off full-time motherhood, which was her original plan, just to have another male director. That kinda sucks.
2) HERE IS A LIST OF FEMALE DIRECTORS. Not ONE of these women had the chops/availability/interest to direct Thor 2?
3) Women directing action films would broaden what action films can be! Isn’t broadening the kind of action film we can see a good thing?
*sighs* Whatever. Now we have yet another dude directing an action blockbuster. Which is fine, I guess. Monotonous, but fine. If you want films to continue to be homogenous and mediocre. I’m not saying all women directors would be geniuses and improve film. I’m saying that right now, we don’t know. I’m saying that most male directors aren’t geniuses, so why do we have to hold out for a female genius before we let one direct an action film? Why does a woman have to be doubly good to have the same opportunity a guy would get. If Hollywood puts out “mostly crap” and most film directors are men, WHAT DOES THAT SAY? We’re playing it safe and accepting mediocrity because we’re scared of what we don’t know. Can a woman do it? Ask Kathryn Bigelow. And, much as I love her, I’m sure she’s not special. :) I’m sure she’s not the only woman in the world who would be good at - and revel in - directing an action film.
Alan Taylor better make Thor 2 so good it grants me three wishes and makes me crap diamonds, is all I’m saying…
I agree with Ms. Simone 100%! You’ll hear my own two cents about the event later today (and hopefully tomorrow at Tor.com), but this captures a lot of what I would say!
These are purely personal, and being ON so many panels and events, I missed a lot of stuff. So this is just from a very limited perspective.
This event could have been a failure. It could have flopped. And if it had, it might have been years before anyone attempted another female nerd con of this…
Over at the Geeky Sex blog, Pendard explains what he thinks the real reasons are behind Catwoman and Red Hood sucking so hard.
When you have bad writing and an incompetent artist, you get a bad comic. And comics are bad because, among other things, there’s crappy character development. It just so happens that crappy creative teams (I haven’t read either - I’m going off of Pendard’s article) were assigned to these books, and the female characters are the ones who suffer.
Interesting point. What do you all think? Go comment over at Geeky Sex!