Beyond the Cape: Batgirl and the State of Women in Comics

This is a very eloquent post. Its a long standing tradition for women in comics to be dehumanized based on their gender in the way that male heroes never are. I’m not sure if its their way of trying to make these characters more relatable to women, because that’s a serious and very real threat to their lives (that popular media tends to treat too lightly). However, it always seems to be something that only the women experience. Killing Joke/Knightfall is a great example of this.

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by CG | Originally posted at Black Girl in Media

[Trigger warning in these posts for mention & discussion of: sexual violence, molestation, rape, and violence against women]

Fiction always reflects the cultural temperature of the times. This could be a good thing, and sometimes be a great thing. But most of the time, it leads to us uncovering not so pleasant parts of our society. Comics have always been an accessible part of that cultural narrative, as their mix of visual and written storytelling have led to them being embraced by fans for decades. Comics and superhero culture are very much at the center of dictating societal norms.

So when we have instances of dictating women’s dress, allowing for female oppression and violence against women for book sales, the issue goes beyond just the individual books or characters in question. It’s about questioning the system that we’ve allowed for…

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