Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Ms Marvel and She-Hulk. All of these women have one thing in common. Gender stereotypes; without doubt, there have always been a huge gap between male and female comic book characters. Comparing the raw power of a superhero male to the petite, busty, and dependent image of his female counterpart. But is this that big an issue to need high levels of feminist influence?
Harley Quinn’s suicide is a superb representation of the extreme mysoginistic views of the owners of DC comics. Beside it’s grotesque depiction of “harley quinn naked in the bathtub with… apliances dangling over the bath”, it shows how sexually biased DC has become as a comic brand.
Marvel however seemed to go in the opposite direction. Their newest depiction of Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan) does not express the identity of previous incarnations of the character. The Muslim Teen is a far stretch from the blonde, mature, unrealistic representation before her. Even tot he point where (having the ability to shape shift) Khan decides she does not want to look like the other Ms Marvels. As she says herself, “It was exhausting being in the skin of someone I’m not. I want to be me”.
Though we have a long way to go with Marvel, and even LONGER with DC. The input of feminist ideologies is slowly levelling out the playing field on the comic book platform.
Pantozzi. J. (2013). DC Comics Apologises Suicide Harley Quinn Contest. The Mary Sue. <http://www.themarysue.com/dc-apologizes-harley-quinn/> (Accessed 16-5-14)