So... I was into comics when I was younger. We're talking elementary school. I read Archie (which barely counts, I know) but I was also into X-men and started to read Batman just before I hit 8th grade and became just "too cool" and desperately tried to conform (worst two years of my life!) And I just never really got back into them.*
Quick topic change, but not really: Ever since I found out Rachel was a girl when I was pregnant I've been shocked at the world around me. The clear objectification and early sexualization of women and girls in the media and just in everyone's everyday mentality suddenly became overwhelming and I feared for my daughter's self image, self worth and self confidence. There are some in the world who obviously notices it too, just look at Dove's recent advertising efforts in #ChooseBeautiful or the #ImNoAngel campaign, though that one still kind of sexualizes women, but its underwear, so it seems not as bad as when its hamburgers. (and lets be honest, even plus size models are unproportionally beautiful! I'm still waiting for a short, fat model who has that post pregnant belly fold that I do ... and that is not my actual belly I am not yet that brave.) Those are only two examples, and both focus on beauty, but you get the gist of what I'm saying. I was finally irked by those things I hadn't let bother me in my youth. And now I am shocked EVERYONE isn't appalled by them.
ANYWAY... I was browsing the facebook, as one does, and I came across this little nifty little article on Mtv News of all places and I just died.
Batgirl, in a costume that didn't cling to her chest like a starving infant AND in sensible shoes?! YES!!
I WAS SO HAPPY. I knew I needed to get behind this goodness.
I've been reading the newest comics and not only is Miss Barbara Gordon fighting crime in some new awesome threads, she also writes code/programs/awesome algorithms and rooms with an awesome programmer lady too. Yay for women in computer technology jobs because yes.
I know a lot has changed, and this this change was very deliberate as a new head writer took over. I took a glance at some of the old comics and they were just not my style. The looked over glammed and hyper sexualized (thats not to say the content was, or that the new content is 100% free of sexualization - is anything ever?) It just didn't look appealing to me. At all.
I love the change in artistic style and in costume and in just the lighter tone of the series.
the next issue isn't coming out until JUNE and I'm dying.
In the mean time I'll accept this win for comic ladies and can't wait to read the new Black Canary #1 ALSO coming out in June. She plays such an important role in the Batgirl comics, and I did just what DC comics hoped I would do... I got hooked. But still, it looks promising. Check out this article on their website http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/03/19/looking-ahead-stewart-fletcher-tarr-and-wu-talk-black-canary-and-batgirl
I know a lot of tried and true fans have bazillions of issues with the changes, but "boo hoo" I love them for the aforementioned reasons and this is my blog.
and for the record I have no hopes for a more modest/functional costume for Black Canary because she just does not seem like the "functional" type of girl.
Anyway, Batgirl has been standing up for equal rights for decades... just LOOK!
and for another modest costume loving article (with a more religious POV) check this one out.