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Kieran Frost

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Subj: That analogy doesn't work. Television and film are COMPLETELY different to comics!
Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 06:14:26 pm EDT (Viewed 197 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I fail to see why its wrong for something to appeal primarly to one sex.
Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 05:18:24 pm EDT (Viewed 15 times)

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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?

You can't compare the whole of television to comics. You could compare, say, romantic comedy (or "rom-coms"... horrible name!) to comics, as a genre, by and large, dominated by one gender (female). But it's absurd to compare ALL television to a genre as specific as comics. Remember ALL television encompasses dramas, the news, sport, comedies, fact based shows, reality tv. etc.  It's not a "one theme" group, where as Marvel comics are (the theme being action).

Sex and the City had four stars: all women. The Avengers doesn't just have male stars. The X-universe doesn't just have male stars. Or white stars. Or straight stars. The problem is WOMEN JUST DON'T WANT TO READ COMICS! I find it utterly repugnant to blame comics for the personal preference of women. It's not something girls want to read.  So what?  What's wrong with saying that? Comics are first and last actions stories. And that just isn't something the vast majority of women want to be apart of. To make it "appealing to women" you'd need to completely change what a Marvel comics is... and what's the point? They'd only be reading something that isn't really a Marvel comic, so you wouldn't have "succeeded" in any case. What's so wrong with say "women just don't like comics!" That's not sexist. It's not saying women "lack the capacity" to appreciate comics. It's not saying they are idiots for not enjoying a comic, it's simply saying it's "just not their cup of tea." And? What's wrong with that? Most men don't really want to watch the View. I don't see them bringing in a male presenter... or having a section on sports.

There are plenty of female characters, and female solo comics for women to enjoy, if they wanted to (assuming women only want to read things with female characters, that is).  The fact is the vast majority of women JUST DON'T WANT TO.  It's not Marvel's fault.  It's not our fault.  It's not man's fault.  It's just how life is... so what?  What's wrong with admitting men and women ARE DIFFERENT?  They enjoy different things, act different, feel different emotions.  To "fight against" the very essence of what makes us different as genders is both pointless and fool-hardy!

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