Comic book writers must present women equally as men in the stories they write. As a sophomore in college I’ve decided that I want to work in the comic book industry professionally once I graduate.
Though I want to work in industry that presents women just as equally as men in their stories.
The medium of comic books is a great way to tell the tale of men in tights. But those comic books need to contain stories of women in tights as well.
Sadly, to reach these kinds of stories a long history of male dominated comics must be reversed. Women’s first breakout into comics was in the ‘50s when Young Romance hit shelves, a comic about women falling in love.
While though the comic presented “new ideas of romantic partnership with traditional expectations of masculine authority and feminine submissiveness,” from a journal article by Jeanne Gardner.
No medium of storytelling is subjective to gender. Women can enjoy comics as much as men and there must be stories with empowering female heroes.
Even when strong characters are created that aren’t a sidekick or subordinate to male heroes their literal presentation hinders their ability to stand for female empowerment.
On a pop culture website, WhatCulutre, it published a listical of the 10 Most Shocking Female Comic Costumes Of All Time. Wonder Woman’s thong costume, the Invisible Woman’s Invisible attire, Power Girl’s cutout piece, where the cutout was her boobs, were just a few that made the list.
I agree that women have the right to wear whatever they would like, but there’s a difference between wearing what they’d like and having to wear such costumes that sexualize them.
The best way this problem can be addressed must start with female stories be written by females. Gail Simone author of many comics is known for her work on the series Birds of Prey, an all female heroine story.
In an article in the Gazette, Dan Didido, an editor at DC comics said “She has really been able to walk the line by creating strong females that still play out the whole superhero fantasy part as well.” No one knows women better, than women.
When I step across the stage in four years I look forward to stepping into an office where I can help make stories that are empowering for women, rather than sexualizing women or putting them below men.
As Wonder Woman put it so eloquently, “in a world of ordinary mortals remember you are a wonder woman.” Everyone can be a hero no matter what’s underneath your tights and cape.