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ChrisBechtloff

Subj: Re: I fail to see why its wrong for something to appeal primarly to one sex.
Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:18:24 pm CDT (Viewed 15 times)
Reply Subj: I fail to see why its wrong for something to appeal primarly to one sex.
Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 07:03:52 am CDT (Viewed 376 times)

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Nobody attacks things like Manga or Twilight, or High School Musical, or Sex in the City for appealing primarily to women and girls. Nobody goes in and tries to change those things to appeal to men. Nobody is pushing to make Twilight more like Blade. But constantly I hear how comics need to change to be more girl friendly. Super heroes appeal primarily to males. I make no apologies for that. I make no apologies for a genre that has given us Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Mark Waid's Empire, Ultimates, The Dark Knight Returns. Some entertainment is gender inclusive some forms arent. Its great when some of the superhero stuff appeals to women. But the core of the fan base will always be male and I for one don't think there is anything wrong with that. I don't want to see Marvel forget who they're selling to and end up churning out more "gender inclusive' crap like Arana. Go too far down the road of trying to expand the appeal and you will lose your original fanbase

For starters, those are examples of individual works, while we're discussing an entire genre here.  The problem isn't that "Wolverine" and "The Incredible Hulk" are geared primarily toward a male audience, it's that there are no superhero comics geared toward a female audience in the same manner. (And no, having female copies of those characters doesn't count.) To work within your analogy, how would you feel if Sex and the City and derivatives of it were the only sitcoms on television? Or if all vampire novels and movies were like Twilight?


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