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Feminist of the Day: Joss Whedon on Lack of Female Superheroes

by Kerensa Cadenas
June 10, 2013 12:00 PM
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Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon has created some of our favorite female characters in his television and films. In a conversation with The Daily Beast, Whedon was asked why there's such a lack of female superheroes on film.

Whedon's response is perfect.

Toymakers will tell you they won't sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can't be done. It's stupid, and I'm hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It's frustrating to me that I don't see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched The Avengers and was like, 'My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,' and I thought, Yeah, of course they were. I read a beautiful thing Junot Diaz wrote: 'If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.'

It's great having a filmmaker like Whedon who recognizes the importance of having strong female characters and role models out there for women. Like he says, we hope that the success of The Hunger Games will lead to more female superheroes because there is certainly a need and demand for them. 

Joss Whedon's Passion Project (The Daily Beast)

Joss Whedon: The Lack of Female Superheroes In Movies "Pisses Me Off." Tell Me About It, Dude. (The Mary Sue)

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  • Julia Wright | June 12, 2013 1:10 PMReply

    In the 1970s, there was a superhero hour on CBS on Saturday mornings: one half-hour with a female superhero ("Isis") and another half-hour with a male superhero ("Shazam"). Isis didn't wear tight dresses and kick guys' heads; she was a high-school science teacher, with powers drawn from bits and pieces of Egyptian mythology and especially the goddess Isis. *That* was a different role model. How did we turn the clock back so far that Black Widow now looks cutting-edge?

  • Lisa Schmidt | June 11, 2013 10:39 AMReply

    Broken link: Joss Whedon's Passion Project (The Daily Beast)

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