Unmistakable, inexcusable erasure (and I don’t mean the awesome gay electronica duo that practically soundtracked my college years)

OK, some of my friends are big comic (and related media) fans. And I know none of you are idiot sexists. But maybe some of you may think that feminists are oversensitive to issues such as gendering toys and the representation of women in media. IF SO, could you please explain how this is not straight-up erasure?

It’s not a harmless oversight or omission, or making men the primary focus and just OOPS forgetting to put a woman in front. These two toy megacorps literally created a toy recalling a movie scene in which a badass female character does some badass stunting and nonsensically replaced her with two male characters (one of whom has a flying suit, so is on a motorcycle whyyyy). And they lamely say it’s because little boys would reject the toy with a female figure? PRETTY SURE that a little boy who loved the movie, when presented with a toy, would react something like: “yes! awesome jet! cool motorcycle! same person who did the awesome cool thing in the movie!! yaaaayyyy!” and then go make a ridiculous amount of noise flying it all over the house and leaving small parts around for you to step on.

Please, I’d really love to hear a sensible counterargument that persuades me this isn’t a pure bullshit devaluing of this character solely because she is female. Thank you.


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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