I think its come to that point where you have to ask yourself what you’re willing to do when you see a problem with representation in comics. Personally I find that feminists hurt their own cause while they try to make a “statement”.
Mark Millar and Todd McFarlane are now in the line of fire because of a statement that comics aren’t for women. Now while I wouldn’t say it so blunt because I do have female friends who read comics I will say this. Comics aren’t for women that believe they are entitled to everything comics have to offer. The same way they are think they are entitled to everything else and that it’s a travesty if they are denied that. That is the problem, there are already strides to make females as much of a dominant force in comics. And even then, it’s not enough. Even if they were serious about that statement, it’s being backed into a wall by extremists that force these kind of abrasive response.
It’s not their fault that comics mirror society. It’s not their fault that every other form of media does the same. If you don’t want comics to mirror society, then you go out and change society. Actions speak louder than words and when all you have is words, and nothing constructive to contribute? Then you are just complaining for the sake of it. Feminists that find problem in these comics aren’t the people going out to integrate themselves into the comic community. They aren’t trying to make a comic starring a respectable female to set a standard, and they aren’t trying to press the matter to those that need to hear it without sounding like they’re attacking. These people they are trying to reach aren’t going to listen to ranting, they are listening to competency.
Marvel alone has made strides to show the equality female heroes share in the Marvel Universe. Captain Marvel, Fearless Defenders, Red She-Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, heck even FF is composed of majority female heroes. On DC’s end, Wonder Woman at this moment blows away even Batman’s books. All quality books, and guess what? Some of them are getting cancelled because of low sales. Guess who’s to blame? Those feminists out there complaining instead of picking these books up. They should be the ones reading these books and supporting them to show that they are for this new change in direction. But that just isn’t the case.
You really want to talk about feel misrepresented? Last I checked it has been acknowledged and even the equality of minorities and sexual orientations as well. Ultimate Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Astonishing X-Men, and many other books which show a diverse cast have represented the larger cast of heroes that Marvel has at their disposal. Now were they forced to do this? Not at all. Were minorities or those of a different sexual orientation banging on writer’s doors to make these changes? No, not at all. So what makes these feminists think they deserve so much more? What makes them believe that with the doors that have already been open, that it isn’t enough for them? I see a sense of entitlement in which they want change for the sake of it. They are doing nothing but hurting what they want changed. If those like MyDearPeabody, want to sit in front of a computer screen and call comics a lesser form of storytelling for this, then they don’t have the right to demand things go their way.
Like I said, actions speak louder than words because while there were issues and some which are still being addressed, there’s no need for unnecessary attacks.