Universal preschool: good for everyone!
The whole thing with Starfire and Catwoman makes me really sad. For those not in the know, DC decided to do a reboot of the super heroine Starfire. It is loosely based off of her original concept BEFORE Teen Titans. Someone made the point that the original Starfire actually WAS sexified, which is why the reboot isn’t that offensive. I can totally get behind that, but more of the point is that the TV series drew in a completely different generation of people who were conditioned to the goofier, younger Starfire with more clothes. Switching away from that so late in the game after getting such a large NEW audience is still alienating because it’s not the original they fell in love with it’s the fun TV version, and I think we all know what a huge demographic was actually reached by that show.
I think DC had lot of potential to draw in readers that grew up with the Teen Titans universe. The problem that they are going to encounter, is that they’ve totally alienated part of their fan-base. Little girls growing up to be nothing more than “boobs and poses” isn’t what most women want to see I think.
I read in that article some guy arguing that the difference was that the new Starfire was for adults. That doesn’t make any sense, though. Sure, her costume and demeanor is for adults, but don’t adult women have passion.. aspirations.. drive.. strength? Is posing in a scanty bikini all that adult women actually “do” or could DC have made an effort to shape her into a mature person with an actual set of personality traits and beliefs. I know for some people, the boobs are enough to keep our attention, but it certainly isn’t for ME and I know a lot of other people that it won’t do the trick for either.
PS: If you want a super long but wonderfully thought out and in-depth opinion on the subject, you should check out this blog by Ms. Snarky. She breaks everything down into some really interesting and concise points: http://mssnarky.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/a-response-from-a-female-comic-book-fan/
“ You can say a Gothic church is a phallic symbol, but if I say the nave of the church is really a big vagina, people are offended. ”
Hannah Wilke (via fuckyeahfeministartandliterature)
“ To many male gamers, feminist just means ‘someone who will not tolerate the only jokes I know how to make.’ ”