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Katie Couric reports on Female Superheroes

12 Aug 2015 14:24 #43593 by lfan
Mainstream coverage of our little corner of the internet.....

www.yahoo.com/katiecouric/rise-of-the-fe...an-126459307033.html

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12 Aug 2015 20:25 #43601 by jdrock24
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Watched this video earlier today. A few comments:

- Did anyone else find the online comments those women talked about receiving a bit disturbing? How do guys get so far gone to the point where they are contacting women and expressing their desire to cut up and rape them? I mean, have they lost all grip on reality?
- In the last few years, I think I've come to accept the fact that the modern comic book industry has passed me by. What I mean by that is that, in the past, it was clear that comic books were mainly being written to attract the male demographic. Now it seems like a number of comic books are being produced to attract the female demographic. Which is fine. I'm all for it if it results in new superheroine "girl power" content that is popular and sticks around. The problem is that I see all kinds of hate-filled comments on the internet from, I assume, long time male comic book fans who cannot accept it. For example, the bashing the new Supergirl show gets in the Yahoo comments section is way over the top. People just bashing it all over the place for no other reason than it is a show not written for them. My favorite is "This is a show for girls! Fail!" Well, no duh! If you don't want to watch it, then don't. Why spend your time belittling something that is not meant for you to begin with?

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12 Aug 2015 21:24 #43602 by lfan
Yeah, JD, I found that part of the video beyond disturbing, but not surprising (which is even more disturbing). So many "keyboard warriors" out there that are incredibly opinionated and skilled at being "internet tough" with their comments. Whether its comics, sports, politics, etc. so many posters think everything should be created and done for them....

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12 Aug 2015 22:25 #43604 by brantley
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Any way of getting back at these trolls?

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12 Aug 2015 22:36 #43606 by shadar
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jdrock24 wrote: Watched this video earlier today. A few comments:

- Did anyone else find the online comments those women talked about receiving a bit disturbing? How do guys get so far gone to the point where they are contacting women and expressing their desire to cut up and rape them? I mean, have they lost all grip on reality?
- In the last few years, I think I've come to accept the fact that the modern comic book industry has passed me by. What I mean by that is that, in the past, it was clear that comic books were mainly being written to attract the male demographic. Now it seems like a number of comic books are being produced to attract the female demographic. Which is fine. I'm all for it if it results in new superheroine "girl power" content that is popular and sticks around. The problem is that I see all kinds of hate-filled comments on the internet from, I assume, long time male comic book fans who cannot accept it. For example, the bashing the new Supergirl show gets in the Yahoo comments section is way over the top. People just bashing it all over the place for no other reason than it is a show not written for them. My favorite is "This is a show for girls! Fail!" Well, no duh! If you don't want to watch it, then don't. Why spend your time belittling something that is not meant for you to begin with?


It may be less a male comic book fan thing as it is an Internet thing. Love and Hate play well on the Net, generating lots of confirming or opposing comments, but "that's cool, but not exactly my cup of tea" is a dead end.

As opposed to the optimistic "pulling us all together" thinking (as many of saw the Net it in the early 90's), the Net has become a playground of the extremes. Yes, small communities like SWM can arise and find each other, which is the really good part of the Net, but it also opens the door to offensive, irresponsible and unaccountable expression as well.

The trick is to dump the crap in the toilet where it belongs and not worry about it, but I know that's hard when you are a publicly accessible person (especially a woman) and someone is directing violent thoughts your way.
But I don't think that kind of thought and expression says anything about comic book readers.

More likely it describes emotionally and intellectually stunted people living in their parent's basement. I will grant that perhaps a higher percentage of them read comic books than the general population, but that's about the extent of it. People get crazy about little things.

Reminds me of a discussion I was having the other day on one of the big News sites about Japan restarting their reactors, and people screaming that they were poisoning the Pacific Ocean and killing all the fish, etc. and giving us all cancer. Basically freaking out.

I reminded them that the countries of the world have detonated 2,053 nuclear weapons, most on the surface of the Earth, and most of them in the Pacific, between the 1940's and 1990's. Each detonation dumped a million times more radiation than Fukushima into the ocean. Yet somehow, the fish haven't suffered from that (except right near the test site) or turned radioactive and we don't all have cancer.

Not saying Fukushima was good, but it was the tiniest pinprick compared to what we did to ourselves during my lifetime. Don't panic.

Also, as long as I'm standing up, I noted in the Couric article that the woman who currently writes the WW comic book thinks that Gal Gadot is going to steal the Batman v Superman movie. This writer has nothing to do with the production or script, but presumably is connected, and she's incredibly optimistic about how WW is going to appear on the big screen. You don't hear that very often. Hope she's right.
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