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Ohotmu the all-knowing

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Subj: If I remember correctly...
Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 06:19:07 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Has there ever been a reason given as to why Power Girl isn't called Power Woman?
Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 09:58:44 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)

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> Sorry, I can't remember if I've asked this....but it seems odd to me that PG, with her sometimes quite aggressive feminism, would feel comfortable still being referred to as a girl when she's surely an adult by now? She struck me as being a young adult even in the 1980's let alone twenty years later...
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> I like that Johns made the effort to explain why she runs around with her boobs hanging out everywhere rather than wearing something with a little more dignity, but even that doesn't really make sense now - now that she KNOWS she's Superman's cousin (albeit a different Superman), is there any reason she wouldn't feel as comfortable wearing the S shield as Supergirl does?

Did Johns explain why she wears the costume with her boobs hanging out?
I just got into kara and JSA and , I would love to know, of anyone knows, please let me know.

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> Or even changing her name to Power Woman and designing her own symbol? I know that Power Woman's a crummy name, but it's really not any worse than Power GIRL, and it gives her a bit more self-respect at least....
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> It's just weird to me....it seems that every comic book heroine who started out as a "Girl" (see Invisible Woman, Phoenix, Donna Troy) has moved into the present day except for the one who harps on more than any of them about self-respect and appropriate representation of women and so on....

> > I like that Johns made the effort to explain why she runs around with her boobs hanging out everywhere rather than wearing something with a little more dignity, but even that doesn't really make sense now - now that she KNOWS she's Superman's cousin (albeit a different Superman), is there any reason she wouldn't feel as comfortable wearing the S shield as Supergirl does?
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> Did Johns explain why she wears the costume with her boobs hanging out?
> I just got into kara and JSA and , I would love to know, of anyone knows, please let me know.
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...it was explained as she was going thru a personal crisis during the first storyarc in JSA Classified. The long and the short of it is that she's not certain that she's deserving enough to wear the "big red S" because of the symbol it represents.

However, she also doesn't know what symbol would appropriately reflect what she's all about because she hasn't completely fleshed it out. All of this personal angst stems from the years of not knowing if she was
- from Earth-1 or Earth-2 (which she actually knew, but she was the only one who knew there even WAS an Earth-2 for a while)
- from Earth-2's version of Krypton or was she from Earth-1's ancient past
- is she Kryptonian or the granddaughter of a powerful sorceror

The explanation was that until she figures it out, she'll just go with no symbol.

And as far as the commentary about the apparent conflict of feminism versus bustin' the cleavage out front-and-center, I'd just remind you that she *is* Kryptonian and perhaps it's a symbol of womanly power on Krypton.

In the meantime, they say that there's no such thing as bad publicity. As long as there are people to talk about the topic, there'll probably be new people picking up the comic to see what the hubbub is about.

I haven't been over to the Wonder Woman board in quite some time, but I can't imagine that there's much commentary about how Diana is wearing even less than PG despite being a symbol for female strength for well over 50 years. So why all the discussion about Kara?

And I'm not singling anyone out, I'm just asking. A few months ago, there was all the discussion about the scandalous cover of JSA with PG and Black Canary on the cover. Most of it centered around how women aren't built that way, but have I mentioned that she's Kryptonian? Maybe ribcage of the Kryptonian female actually protrudes into the breastal area of the flesh more than it does with Earth women.

And from the "if it ain't broke" department, just go to comicartfans.com and do a search on "powergirl" art. I'm guessing that you'll get more hits on that than you would for most any other heroine, even Wonder Woman. So I guess that means the "fantasizing fanboy" votes have been counted.

My 2 cents.

Ohotmu



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