Given that general knowledge says that women make up over half of the earth’s population it’s a little strange that we can be so marginalised in so many areas. In comics and sci-fi, for instance, one would assume that with that many women in the world a healthy chunk of them would be into the nerdier side of things. However as the industries cater overwhelming to men, and strenuously object to becoming a bit more female-friendly, this seems to have passed a lot of people by. Many comic and sci-fi connoisseurs claim that there aren’t any women who genuinely enjoy say, sitting down and reading a bunch of comics, and cries of “fake geek girls” have been heard by many.
In fact, research has shown that 46.67% of comic book fans are women, while figures show that 44% of attendees to Guardians of the Galaxy screenings were women. Even with these figures (which aren’t too shockingly new) marketing and merchandise for major sci-fi and comic franchises is overwhelmingly aimed at men. With the Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise Gamora has been strangely absent, which is reminiscent of the lack of Black Widow merchandise when The Avengers came out. When there is such a large female fan base, surely it would make sense to at least have some merchandise of the female leads in the movie.
As well as a lack of female character merchandise, there is also a serious lack of female-led movies. Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far only two of the movies they have released have female leads, and neither of them has their own movie. Nor has anything yet been announced, as Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios president) has said that Marvel is too busy to introduce a female superhero. This is despite the fact that at least two new male superheroes are slated to get movies in the next few years.
While Sony is apparently planning a female-led Spiderman spin off movie in the next few years, there is still a long way to go before there is equal representation within the sci-fi movie and comic world.
While there are multiple spaces where these issues are discussed, I figure that one more really can’t hurt. Join me as I rant about the injustice of the world, or at least about the way women are treated in comics and sci fi!