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Subj: Re: Has there ever been a reason given as to why Power Girl isn't called Power Woman?
Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 12:56:23 pm EDT (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Has there ever been a reason given as to why Power Girl isn't called Power Woman?
Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 09:52:28 am 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...

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?

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....

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....

> 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...

Well, “Girl Power” is a prominent feminist phrase now, and it doesn’t have to refer to adolescent girls specifically. And while “girl” usually refers to someone who is younger, it can simply denote gender as well without an inference of age. Also, frankly, I think “Power Woman” sounds cumbersome.

> 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?

I’ll have to go meta-textual here. First, removing the cleavage might mean sales for comics featuring Power Girl might drop 20%! Second, I think the last thing DC wants to do is have another character flying around with the big red S on their chest. Having someone who is then essentially an older Supergirl not just in powers but in appearance dilutes not only Supergirl but the whole Superman franchise too much.

Within the story, well, feminism is about women being free to make choices and choosing to look (and feel) sexy may simply be Karen’s choice. Or maybe our judging Karen based on her cleavage tells us as much about ourselves as about her. What I mean is, true, men see her and objectify her, but we’re the ones who can’t help ourselves and are doing the objectifying.

> 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....



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