I’ve been meaning to reblog this post, which I totally endorse, but at the same time I’ve recently been struggling with my anger over a phenomenon that makes me despair about such efforts (working to provide greater visibility for characters who are not white men). I’m talking about the blatant and even explicit dismissal and invisibilizing of female fandom, often to an extent that seems, from an objective viewpoint, irrational and self-sabotaging— i.e. to the point that creators would rather not sell products than sell products to “girls.”
The first time I really became aware of how powerful and nonsensical this could be was in the case of Steven Moffat, who has repeatedly made it clear in interviews and commentaries that he writes for fanboys (“real” fans) and not for fangirls (whom he considers bizarre and laughable). This, in spite of the fact that an informal Popmatters survey of active Sherlock fans found that a staggering 91% were female.
I’ve been thinking about this recently because of two Marvel Comics disasters, one acute and one chronic. The acute one is Rick Remender’s outrageously offensive (and terrible, though that’s beside the point) writing on the current Captain America; the other is the seemingly inexplicable decision on Marvel’s part to release only one limited Winter Soldier series in the months surrounding Captain America: The Winter Soldier— a series that was also written by Rick Remender, unaccountably set in the 1960s, underpromoted, and heavily troubled by production delays.