A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. “The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.” He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. “That,” he says, “ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal.
I’ll address the haters for a bit: So “Ms. Marvel” won’t feature a protagonist that looks like you. This is not a bad thing. It’s not like they’re taking away one of the white male books to make room for “Ms. Marvel”; Marvel didn’t say, “We were going to keep ‘Daredevil’ going but ‘Ms. Marvel’s’ taking his spot!” This book is not affecting your comic book buying habits at all. The only way it will is if you buy it, which — maybe you should. This anger you’re showing, hater, shows a fundamental lack of empathy and understanding for people that don’t look like you. Isn’t it crazy how comic books can bring this out of people? Yeah, it’s true! Us white dudes find it super hard to understand the importance of having heroes that look like you or come where you come from because there are thousands of white male protagonists in all of fiction. Muslim readers now get one leading character in all of comicdom; chill out and be excited.
Anonymous asked: I understand trying to make comics female friendly, but aren't you guys worried that you're going to lose your core audience which is male? In the X-books you've had more focus on the likes on these females like jean and kitty while it should be Cyclops who has been the star of the X-Men comics for years. What warrants these characters more page time than him? Jean and kitty are secondary characters. You guys listen too much to women bitching. They cause so much freakin drama in comicdom.
Wow. you are the first person who I am kind of glad asked your question anonymously because I don’t want to know you.
as a reader of my work I want you to listen to me very carefully: you have major major issues. almost every line of your question reeks of complete misunderstanding of yourself as a man and of women in general.
it’s okay to find yourself more interested in something than others, of course it is, it’s okay to like Cyclops more than Jean Grey, but for you to draw the line at women characters not being interesting to you because you are a man or that you think I am being manipulated by some bitching women is really out there.
and as a reader of the X-Men whose entire philosophy is about tolerance and understanding… you are missing the point.
One of my longest running criticisms of comics has been the dearth of both well-rounded, center stage, leading lady characters, and the blatant misrepresentation of women in general in comics. I also hate that male characters are always fully clothed and fully armored while the female characters run around with thongs up their asses. That’s because the ‘core’ audience was men for a long time, and the depiction of women in comics maintained that core readership until recent times. Thanks to creators like Anka, Simone, Rios, Bendis, DeConnick, Allred, etc, my daughter can read comics that depict women like her, her friends, and maybe even the kind of woman she’d like to be in the future.
But there’s more to it than my daughter and other women coming to comics and enlarging both the fan base and the creator base. We, the comics readers, are getting BETTER stories because the story telling possibilities have enlarged thanks to these new voices asking for, and creating, more points of view. As a life-long comic reader, I feel like I’m enjoying the medium now more than I ever have, and it’s due in no small part to this so-called ‘pandering’ to a female audience. The created worlds have grown, the creativity has exploded, so I think we’re all benefitting. More than anything I want to read good stories, and I want the medium I’ve loved so long to THRIVE, but it won’t as long as isolationist attitudes from a ‘core’ audience persist. Can’t you see more readers and more ideas is GOOD for the industry? You’ll have comics for life, guys! Think about it.
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