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Sexism, Misogyny and the 75th Anniversary of Superman

14 Apr

Sexism, Misogyny and the 75th Anniversary of Superman

On Lois Lane.

She pre-dates Lex Luthor, Jonathan and Martha Kent, Supergirl, Superboy, the Daily Planet, Jimmy Olsen, Lana Lang and every other supporting player in the mythos.  She pre-dates Jor-El and Lara and the S shield as we know it.  She pre-dates the concept of “the kindly couple” finding Clark Kent. She pre-dates FLIGHT.  Clark Kent had asked her out on a date before BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN even existed.   Lois Lane was introduced as a career woman in 1938 when the idea of that would have been unheard of.   Even moreso, she was introduced as a career woman who was, in fact, an object of desire despite her brash personalty and many character traits that, in their time (and even today)  would have been associated with a male figure.  And if you don’t understand why that’s a big deal…..then really need to consider the way we treat powerful career women in this country through mass media—-the way we deem them “un-sexy” and “cold” and un-feminine.  

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