So I was combing through the old posts looking for some inspiration on what to write about today and I happened to come across this particular gem. “Sexism in Comics”, as the title suggest, talks about the differences in ways male and female characters are represented. The blog goes further and challenges the reader to consider why it is only after seeing the male character (Hawk Eye in this case) pose in these “traditional” women poses do we see how truly ridiculous they are. The post brings up other interesting points and even has a pretty funny sideshow to further add the writers point that I highly recommend checking out.
With all that said, it was that blog post that made me remember a recent superhero controversy that happened not too long ago. The Hub, a television network aimed towards children, has launched a new female superhero show called SheZow. The show features a young boy named Guy (yes, I know, the irony is apparent) become a female superhero after putting on a magic ring meant for his sister. Unable to take the ring off, Guy now has to come to full terms with his new superhero identity with the help of his sister and best friend.
As you can already imagine, having a cross dressing superhero show aimed at kids has gotten some heat for the show’s creator. One of the groups producing the heat is the group entitled One Million Moms and here is some of what they had to say:
There is no doubt this superhero character will confuse kids. Children desire to be just like superheroes and will mimic a superhero’s every action, even to the point of dressing up in costumes to resemble the characters as much as possible. It won’t be long before little boys are saying, “I want to be a girl, so I can help people and save the world!”
Now, as a college student with no kids of my own, I may be too far removed from a child’s mind set to fully comprehend where these mom’s are coming from, but after watching the first episode, I can say that they don’t have much to worry about. I rather not influence the readers opinions further than I already have, so I’ll end it here and leave you with the first SheZow episode along with two commentaries on it. The Youtube video deals more with the controversy around the show along with hypothesizing about where it comes from. The article deals more with challenging the show to go further with their attempts to break down gender roles by destroying many of the roles that still perpetuate in the show. Again, I’ll end it here and let the reader come to their own conclusions about how truly beneficial Shezow is to the gender debate.
P.S. After a comment or two, I’ll dive in and give my own two scents, but I want to see what some readers think before I do that, so please share your thoughts and impressions.
P.S.S. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!