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Wonder Woman pretty much epitomizes the ‘strong, female character’ that is sadly rare in current media. She battles bad guys (and gals), she is confident, and she is a powerful person. Basically, she is a wonderful feminist role model.  Or not.  David Finch, the artist who is taking over the drawing of the DC Comics hero, recently said that he wants the heretofore feminist icon to be “strong.”  But ... Read More
  For his touching series “One Day My Child You Will Be,” the famed photographer Malo reminds viewers of the attainability of childhood dreams. The work comprises a group of images in which his then 3-month-old daughter dresses for various careers and lifestyles. In a total breakdown of the gendered ways in which infants might be portrayed in the photos above the mantel, she becomes a superhero, a doctor, a ballerina, and even the first female ... Read More
   Our favorite super-heroines are about inner strength, teaching us to do what’s right even when it’s hard. And that can get lost when we lose complex characters to women who are portrayed as hyper-sexualized objects, devoid of complex character development. Women have long been asking for more female superheroes with more dialogue and less unrealistically revealing outfits, but what do young girls think?    The artist ... Read More
In the past decade, we have seen many of our favorite childhood superheroes come to life on the big screen: the victorious Superman, the conflicted Batman, the unpredictable Hulk, the suave Iron Man. So where are the women? Sure, Black Widow made an appearance in The Avengers and Catwoman (my personal favorite) showed up to save the Dark Knight, but most films are uncomfortably lacking in women characters with fully explored, complex identities. Well, all that ... Read More
In The New York Times’ recent Social Q’s, a New York City mom wrote in about a dilemma facing her daughter and a birthday party. Her daughter was invited to a five-year-old’s superhero themed birthday party, but then she was un-invited. Instead, she was invited to a separate birthday party, which is just for girls. Here’s the question below: We received a "save the date" card for a fifth birthday party for a boy my daughter knows. It was to ... Read More
Meanwhile in Pakistan, a new 3-D, animated children’s show is supposed to debut featuring a crime-fighting WOMAN in – get this – a burka. In case you couldn’t tell by the title.  Yes, it's the Burka Avenger, a mild-mannered school teacher by day and a defender of women’s education by night. She fights villains who are trying to close girl's schools with pens and books. Are those super powers? I guess they can be. BECAUSE ... Read More
With the release of this month’s Superman movie, the action movie industry adds another film to its androcentric repertoire. The few years have seen the release of films such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spiderman, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers, and Iron Man. Don’t get me wrong: many of those were great superhero flicks, but the two major female heroes in those movies were both minor, oversexed figures in skintight ... Read More