Yesterday, DC Entertainment announced a new consumer products line called DC Super Hero Girls, which will involve them teaming up with partners like Mattel, Random House, and Lego to create product for girls ages 6-12. This is a big deal not just in terms of comics, but in terms of licensed products for kids. But is this kind of gendered initiative what we need? Or is it, as some have stated, "pandering"? Unsurprisingly, I have a lot of thoughts on this matter.
While arguments about gay people getting married tend to center on the so-called "natural" state of the human family, a quick peek around the animal kingdom reveals that sex and animal behavior don't always break down into neat "one male, one female" units. And
Brace yourself, readers, because this may be tough to believe! The Daily Cartoonist reports on a paper presented to the American Sociological Association that discusses the role of female characters in newspaper comics. The paper examined a full year's worth of strips from "Beetle Bailey," "Blondie," "Dilbert," "Family Circus," "Garfield,