SOME INFO ABOUT MYSELFBeing the selected wisdom of a certain writer of adventure picto-books, Gail Simone.
sorrowsfall said: Hiya, just wanted to let you know that I've been enjoying reading your articles on 'Women in Refrigerators.' They've been very helpful in my research for a meta article I'm doing. I was curious if you feel that things have gotten better in comics as regards to this topic?
We seem to go through waves.
It gets better, then we get a bunch of crappy shock value stories that seem all too familiar. Then it gets better, again.
One thing that I am very suspicious of right now is the late-comer to the cause…people who have never cared about the female readership, have sometimes openly been scornful of the female readership, suddenly acting as though they have cared deeply all along.
I think some creators have suddenly woken up and seen who is going to cons, who is writing on Tumblr, and thought, “Uh, oh. Better look like I care!”
If someone didn’t care about the female readership and characters until this past year or so, I am a little skeptical of their motives. Maybe motives don’t matter, I don’t know. But I do remember the writers who have pushed for better representation before it became a statistical necessity.
And I buy their stuff! :)
Anonymous said: The other day, you hinted that one of the new books you were working on involved a redhead. Was Women of Dynamite the book you were referencing at the time? I want to know for speculation purposes.
It is not, speculate away!
Anonymous said: aside from its similarities to the neverending story and the haircuts, do you like death note? i love it, but at the same time, one of, if not its biggest flaw, is how utterly appalling it is with handling female characters, which i would totally understand kneecapping any enjoyment of it for a lot of people.
I do, but I didn’t finish it.
Anonymous said: Anita Sarkeesian is not a gamer.
I have no idea what this relates to.
iseekum said: Would you call yourself a feminist or an equal rights activist? Is there any reason you'd choose one over the other? I got into a debate with a friend and grew curious, since you're the most vocal feminist lady I follow. Also, hi!
The whole problem with this kind of question is that to answer it, I have to accept a definition of feminism that I don’t agree with, that isn’t reality-based at all.
This is what the passive aggressive types and the anti-feminists always want, they want you to acknowledge the warped, nonsensical viewpoint they have, because it validates them, it coddles them. It’s nothing I choose to take part in, I just think it’s goofy.
There are legitimate things in the history of feminism that are shameful, but those things are not what these people are complaining about. They are complaining about a minority opinion so minute as to barely exist at all.
Men don’t like it when all men are judged by a minority of jerks, neither do women, neither do feminists.
What the vast majority of feminists want is fair treatment and equal opportunity, but that is such a universally understandable goal that huge numbers of creeps have spend untold resources trying to make it about every other possible permutation. Responding at all might be a little more than such attempts deserve, but every once in a while, you have to clean the damn catbox or the stink gets unbearable.
Edited to add: I am not saying the questioner is one of those people, I am saying that is how is often phrased.
Anonymous said: I know you aren´t exactly a fan of Wasp, but what is your opinion of Scarlet witch?
I do like the Wasp!
Also, I dig the Scarlet Witch’s costume, but I don’t feel I really know the character that well. Anyone got a great Wanda story to recommend?
The early Wasp stories I read as a kid were not exactly female positive…I like her a lot now!