Comic-Con is on the way, and you know what that means!
Actually very little for most of us. But if you’re a geek or a nerd or whatever the terms are now for folks who enjoy comic books, science fiction, story problems, chess, and general superhero paraphanalia, this is your Geekmas In July. Every year in San Diego, consumers converge on Comic-Con to pay for the privilege of being advertised to. But the advertisements are EARLY! and called SNEAK PEAKS! and PREVIEWS! So somehow it justifies the cost of the ticket, the overpriced food, etc.
Some of this is sour grapes on my part. I’ve wanted to go to Comic-Con for 20 years, back when it was just geeks who went and not everyone with a Big Bang Theory Season Pass set up on their DVR. Now that I can’t go I’ve conveniently decided I don’t want to. How nice for me.
But that’s not what I’m writing about.
I’m writing about Wonder Woman, the Comic-Con preview and the fact that I’m pretty darn irritated by the news leaking out of San Diego.
Wonder Woman was the superhero that lit my imagination on fire. I was a young kid when the Lynda Carter version was a hit TV show, and I absolutely loved the idea that an Amazon princess could fall in love with a war hero and fight the bad guys. It was the first time I saw women kick ass and I was over the moon. My first stories were set on Wonder Woman’s home island of women warriors. To this day Wonder Woman has a special place in my heart, and those women warrior islands show up now and again in the stories I write even today.
When I read in Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Preview that there is a new Graphic Novel about Wonder Woman’s origin story, I was thrilled.
But wait. Not so fast.
Turns out that part of this origin story–the one that Grant Morrison promises will “take her back to her feminist roots”–includes…
Yep. You guessed it. MASS RAPE! GANG RAPE! WOMEN IN CAGES!!! SCANTILY-CLAD WOMEN IN CAGES!!!
Apparently Wonder Woman’s Amazon ancestors were kept in cages as some sort of rape puppets for some of the ancient Greeks until they fought back and then, etc.
So we feminists who want to give our daughters a female superhero have to yet again put up with graphic (literally) depictions of rape, imprisonment, torture. But it’s okay because they fight back. Right? RIGHT?!?
I sure am getting tired of everyone sneaking rape porn into female stories as a sort of motivator. Other things motivate a woman and do it without using torture porn to titillate and objectify.