Hello, I posted this over at Girl Wonder and I am interested in any possible responses here as well.
I was having a discussion about the issue of misogyny in comics and whether it was overstated or justified; when someone pointed out how badly flawed it is to discuss the issue when 98% of the participants in the conversation are male.
The criticism made sense and I decided to pose the question here for a broader perspective on the topic.
Here is the original post that I made.
I see people that readily decry Power Girl for her cleavage and costume and yet strongly endorse any range of Manga filled with fanservice on a routine basis.
I can't understand how the idea of spandex and cleavage equates to misogyny in the minds of some fans while fanservice is glossed over in their praise of manga.
Gail Simone's manifesto about the topic seemed like an opportunistic ploy of taking a great story in the KILLING JOKE and reducing it to misogyny with the " Cripple the bitch" story.
In the Women in Refrigerators manifesto the underpinning of her criticism of THE KILLING JOKE is the conversation that took place in the DC offices and the phrase " Cripple the Bitch" being used in reference to Barbara Gordon being shot.
The comment from an editor was supposed to paint the entire work in a misogynist light, not the context of the story which also had Commisioner Gordon stripped naked, brutalized and tortured by the Joker as well.
I look forward to hearing your opinions on the topic.