I had an idea this morning while drinking my coffee for a new blog post series regarding women’s issues (really, gender issues in general) that are controversial, but not ultimately political in nature. I am sure that these issues could be unpacked and unraveled to the point of becoming political, but I want to keep these posts somewhat light and not cause mass debates full of hatred of strangers and cyber bullying; I see enough of this stuff everywhere else on the internet.
Therefore, I will not be touching subjects such as abortion. Here are some topics I am thinking about playing with:
*Shaving (legs, armpits, bikini lines, etc.) – I am currently working on this one!
Last Names (after marriage)
Popular Song Lyrics
I am still brainstorming; the most obvious ideas are ones about appearance, but I want to dig a little deeper. Please share and suggestionsthat you would be interested in reading about and/or contributing your two cents about.
Since Jason had a lot of studying to do this Saturday, I spent much of the day re-reading issues of comics about my favorite character: Batwoman. J.H. Williams III is an incredible artist and I love what he does with this comic book. I first fell in love with the work he did in Batwoman: Elegy:
Your eye snakes through the pictorial mazes and word bubbles, until you realize you have spent at least twice as much time soaking in each page as you would on most comic books. The only way I can describe it is visual poetry.
Not only is the artwork incredible, but the writing is wonderful too. Though things could get a little cheesy when she battles a ghost type figure (Batwoman #1 – 5) and such, Haden Blackman writes it in a way that allows me to look beyond the supernatural and suspend my disbelief. Batwoman’s battles as a vigilante are amazing, but the care put into her alter ego, Kate Kane’s, story is just as engaging if not more so. Kate was an Army soldier until she was discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it was found out that she was a lesbian. This character is a great LGBTQ role model and few of the LGBTQ characters in comic books. Her lesbianism is treated the same way any comic book characters love life would be treated and does not feel like a novelty.
After being discharged, Kate decides to serve and protect the only way she believes she can, by becoming Batwoman. I won’t say much beyond this in case any of my amazing readers is interested in reading Elegy or any of the New 52 Batwoman comics.
Here is my version of Batwoman, I am no J.H. Williams III, but I think it turned out pretty good:
The New 52 version of Catwoman has gotten a lot of negative feedback on Talking Comics and on several other forums as a highly over sexualized book that paints Selina Kyle as nothing more than T&A. The sales numbers for this book are ridiculously low and the writing does not even come close to making up for the pornographic art. In this Comics Alliance article by Laura Hudson, we see Starfire and Catwoman depicted as Playboy pin-ups while their male counterparts are depicted the way we expect superheros to be portrayed. Since there is already so much out there on the internet about Catwoman and her current state, I thought I would just offer my idea of what Catwoman could wear instead:
It looks a little like Nightwing’s costume, but the purple is drawn from her earlier suits and I figured she needed some more practical boots than the ones she has had before:
The basic shape of the suit is similar to Captain Marvel’s current costume which is highly practical for fighting crime (or being a cat burglar it depends on how Selina is feeling that day):
There are tons of articles on this subject out there and the Amazon.com reviews are hilarious. I was going to write more on this topic, however, I found that the folks over at feminist avenger have already done a hilarious job dealing with these lady pens. Enjoy!