Oh, the "publicity stunt" idea is ludicrous, of course.
"If you can't say anything good about someone, sit right here by me." - Alice Roosevelt Longworth, on manners
"It's not whether you win or lose, it's whether I win or lose." - Peter David, on life
I think this thread is succeeding at teaching me why it might not be a good idea for a person of either gender to speak on behalf of their whole gender. So there's that.
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Now when they left scruffy Timely Comics for respectable DC, you didn't see nearly as many grotesques. DC editors reputedly liked to keep things looking neat and clean with all their head-bashings. Some grotesqueries still appear, but not as many.
If anything I might say that following WWII Kirby and Simon's remaining works are more mannered and less grotesque. Then Kirby struck out on his own, and a lot of his early Marvel work looks as clean and pristine as his late1950s DC work. *But* by the middle 1960s he does start to draw the male body as squatter and more muscular. Reed Richards starts out the sixties as a beanpole and ends up looking like a denizen of Muscle Beach.
I tend to think Boxer wouldn't have been able to relate to any Kirby work, regardless of how much trauma had transformed it. Some people just don't like big splashy action-epics, and though Kirby had a lot of subtleties, there's no question that furious, extroverted action is a big part of his legacy.
But we can and do speak from concerns of gender.
Though sometimes you may get the same person practicing cognitive dissonance, as when one might say:
"I'm a guy/girl, so of course I like/don't like such-and-such"
Which can easily be coupled with objections if anyone else makes that statement:
"How dare you assume I'm going to like/dislike such-and-such because I'm a guy/girl!"
That's precisely it. She doesn't like big, muscular, earthy, action comics. She never has. If what you're getting hung up on is that she doesn't want her son to like them as well, what's the big deal? It's no different than a Mets mom saying she's horrified by her son turning into a Yankees fan.
I was just playing on this post from Sabrina:
"As the owner of two X chromosomes..."
In a sense though you've just proved what I wrote before I saw your post: it's OK for her to say it, but if I say it, it's supposedly offensive.