Anyway, they cite an older article about the lack of good superheroines in film (how they're downplayed, over- or under-sexualized, etc.) and honestly, truer words have never been said.
I used to poke fun at my boyfriend because he's an avid comic book fan and he has boxes of comics about men with muscles (in tights) fighting other men with muscles (usually in tights) and sometimes they rescue the girl, too. And I thought it seemed kind of goofy and silly (although Chris Nolan gave me a new perspective, inspiring me to read Arkham Asylum, The Killing Joke which were fantastic) until I made a new realization.
It's not that these comics are bad, it's just that I'm jealous. I'm jealous we don't have more women in these comics, and so i've never been able to truly relate. I grew up reading Archie Comics which, while I love them for nostalgic purposes, only seem to perpetuate the idea that women's only role in life is to chase after a man and look good while doing it. Luckily, I didn't buy in to that much as I grew older, but I can see why a lot of girls do.
In response to the lack of good female super hero comics, I decided to search for ANY comics that portrayed women in a realistic light. I found a few good independent comics, like Sexy Chix (a collaboration of different female comic artists/writers - phenomenal, by the way), lesbian comic creator Julie Doucet's work, and recently I read Potential by Ariel Schrag, which was all kinds of awesome. These kinds of comics are truly my favorite, but I still sometimes wish I could read something with a little less substance and a little more action (hell, sometimes I like to just be entertained, too!)
I went to a comic convention not long ago and finally bought my first set of Wonder Woman comics and they are pretty great (albeit kind of campy.)
So where does this leave us, ladies and gents who are sympathetic to the plight of women who want more superheroines?
Eh... I'm not quite sure. I guess it just means that we need to start putting pen to paper and maybe creating our own superheroines. Obviously, the boys at DC and Marvel aren't doing much of a good job with it.
We need real women in comics now! And we need them to save the day!