A while ago I wrote a post about torture-porn’s sexual objectification of female victims.Â Today, while wandering around Bitch Magazine’s website I found an article by Shannon Cochran about female superheroes and the apparent violence that they too suffer for the sake of shallow entertainment.Â Â Â But this time, instead of feeling disgusted and defeated, I felt inspired.Â Because female fans of comic books (or I should say fans of female comic book heroes) are fighting back.
Unheardtaunts.com is a website created by Gail Simone that serves as a catalogue of female superheroes who were tortured to death or killed off in their prime.Â She says that she started the website because one night she
and some male friends started making a list of the characters that had been killed, mutilated, or depowered (also a telling trend, as the more powerful a female character was, the more likely it was that she would lose those powers). It was shockingly long, and almost no one in the already small pool of valid superheroines escaped the wave of gynocentric violence.
But the good news is that comic book publishers seem to be listening to the shouts of complaint.Â Recently, Batwoman has been given a chance to make a come back.Â Not only does she get her own story again, but she also gets a new romantic life, competing with Batman himself for the hearts of Gotham City’s ladies.Â To learn more about Batwoman and about the many other reading options for us lady lovers of comics check out Girl-Wonder.org, founded by Mary Borsellino.Â Borsellino says she wants her website to
stand like a watchdog. Weâ€™re working on forging contacts with media groups, so that the next time DC or Marvel try to do something [unnecessarily violent to a loved female character], theyâ€™ll have to consider that thereâ€™s this group of very noisy, very angry feminists watching their every move and hitting their speed-dial as they do it.
As Cochran writes for Bitch, “hopefully, Batwoman will be strong and capable enough to navigate the streets of Gotham City on her own. But it canâ€™t hurt that thereâ€™s a legion of real-life Girl Wonders to watch her back. Weâ€™ve lost enough of our heroines already.”