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DC Comics Piece on Today Show

So the Today Show piece on DC Comics?

Painful.

I appreciate that Jenna Bush picked up the story, and I won’t belittle the actions of a young comics reader that wants to see more representation–but the problem isn’t that DC Comics doesn’t have female superheroes. The problem is that DC keeps depicting these female heroes through the lens of male-gaze.

Women comics readers (and yes, we exist) have been harping on this for years; there’s blogs dedicated to championing women in comics, and their stories. It just feels a little empty when Today Show chooses to focus on what’s partially lacking from DC and Marvel, and they did so from the angle of a child.

I guess ‘for the children’ trumps ‘what women want’ every time.

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