Just open a book, find what I like, ignore what I don’t or just not buy the next issue if it’s that bad.
However, then someone points out that one comic ignores the main story of it’s female hero and over emphasis the stereotypical. Should I feel bad for still enjoying to read that book?
Someone else points out how a lead male looks down upon everyone around him and is lauded for his misogynistic treatment of others. Is it then wrong to cheer for this anti-hero? At what point do you separate bad writing from recognition of limitations within your cultural dynamic? Is automatic boycott of all stories with a hint of these problems the only solution?
With the #SuperMOOC underway (online course for Gender Through Comics) there is a lot of discussion on which comics treat the genders in a more fair fashion. There is also discussion of which comics are the most offensive and unfair to the sexes. It’s not just a discussion about which female heroes are overly sexual and demeaned, but also about which male characters are reduced to macho archetypes. Once you’re conscious of these issues what is a comic book reader to do about it?
There are three groups that are the most known:
The majority of comic readers probably fit into the Pacifist or Reader categories. Considering you’re reading a social comic book themed website, chances are you might lean toward one of the other categories as well. However, there is another way: Open and respectful dialogue.
Instead of passive aggressive remarks, use calm rational discussion. State your opinion, know that not everyone is going to agree. Know that the world will not end if you cannot get them to think the same way you do. These are all nice thoughts, and sure not everyone will be willing or able to do this. It’s the Internet, it’s anonymity. However, things have to start somewhere.
In the meantime, how do these opinions, realizations or discussions about gender and comics affect your reading habits? Do they have an affect? Leave your comments below and lets see if we can get a dialogue going.
Jessica Boyd is a comic book reading mom who holds a 40 hour a week job. Somehow in between she manages to be a driving force for comic books by writing for StashMyComics.com and Comicosity! When not writing you can find her active on Twitter (@charmingred), Tumblr, and Facebook.
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