women in comics

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538 looks at women in comic books, noting that "To say the comic book industry has a slight gender skew is like saying Superman is kind of strong:"

Comic books -- much like the film industry they now fuel -- vastly under-represent women. The people who write comic books, particularly for major publishers, are overwhelmingly men. The artists who draw them are, too. The characters within them are also disproportionately men, as are the new characters introduced each year.

Some exceptions--the young Muslima Ms Marvel, the new female Thor, Batgirl's non-cheesecake costume--get good press, but "these recent advancements don't make up for the fact that women have been ignored in comic books for decades:"

When we zero in on the 2,415 DC and 3,342 Marvel characters with gender data who appear at least 10 times -- the set of characters that probably gives the most consistent view of what we see on the page -- female characters make up only 30.9 percent of the DC universe and 30.6 percent of the Marvel universe.

538 also observes that "Both [the Marvel and DC] universes have steadily come closer to gender parity, but each still faces a difficult-to-overcome imbalance."

And while it's not too surprising that so few women appear in comics today, people are talking about characters like the new Thor and Ms. Marvel because they feel change is happening in an industry and community that for years has had unwelcoming attitudes toward women.

(The LGBT community could make a similar complaint.)

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