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Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology (edition 2010)

by Jennifer K. Stuller

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Title:Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology
Authors:Jennifer K. Stuller
Info:I. B. Tauris (2010), Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:non-fiction, feminism, superheroes, criticism, read in 2012, whedonverse, wonder woman

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Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology by Jennifer K. Stuller

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  SChant | Apr 27, 2013 |
In Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors, Jennifer K. Stuller looks at the history of modern superwomen, starting with Wonder Woman and ending with Buffy, Max Guevara and The Bride. She takes a look at the commonalities between their stories and the development superwomen in general went through, as well as pointing out the sexism that’s still very prevalent.

Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors is a quick, entertaining read. It’s also insightful, especially if you haven’t thought much about the topic yet, making it basically the perfect book for people who would like to get into feminist popculture analysis.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/ink-stained-amazons-and-cinematic-warr... ( )
  kalafudra | Jul 1, 2012 |
Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology by Jennifer K. Stuller examines female superheroes from the Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s, to television's Xena and Buffy, to the female characters on current (as of 2010) television series like Heroes.

Stuller shows how the portrayal of female superheroes changes with each decade, i.e. Wonder Woman was a strong woman in an era that needed women to enter the factories and become nurses and take on other military-related jobs in World War II. There also seems to be a backlash after each significant decade, but I wish Stuller had gone into more detail about this.

This is a wonderful concept, but the book feels incomplete. Stuller spends a lot of time summarizing and quoting from the television shows and comics she includes, less time analyzing them. I wish she could have gone more in-depth, because I felt like I already knew much of what was said.

She also left out all anime/manga and videogame characters, despite the increasing relevance of these mediums in popular culture. In her section on comic books, several people in the industry note that it is the popularity of manga that has made publishers realize girls will read comics if there are comics that appeal to them. This is hugely important, yet Stuller does not discuss manga or anime at all.

Sailor Moon was extremely popular with young girls when it was introduced on North American television in the 90s and is partly responsible for the subsequent popularity of the medium, but it is not mentioned at all. Similarly, children's cartoons from the 1980s such as She-Ra: Princess of Power and Jem and the Holograms are ignored. (She-Ra gets a brief mention . . . as the author dismisses it because the main character is royalty!)

I realize that there are constrictions of space in a book like this, but I really felt it should have been a little longer. I know it would have been impossible for the author to include everything, but I was surprised at the amount of time spent on characters like "Claire" of Heroes and "Chloe" of Smallville and yet there is not even a mention Kara Thrace "Starbuck" (played by Katee Sackhoff) on Battlestar Galactica - especially considering that the character had been a male in the original series, the fact that the show's creators decided to reboot the fighter-pilot action hero character as a woman for a modern audience should have made an interesting subject for any book on feminism and heroes.

Ink-Stained Amazons . . . offers a good introduction to an important topic, but it is not really in-depth or detailed enough for the serious feminist genre fan. ( )
  catfantastic | Apr 27, 2012 |
re you a feminist? Are you a genre-TV-and-movie geek? Do you ever ask yourself ‘what would Buffy do’? Then you need to read this book. Stuller concentrates on TV and graphic novels for the most part, and it is /kind/ of depressing that almost every show in this book has been cancelled…and we’re now innundated with gossip girls and pretty little liars who are most spectacularly lame in the superpower department.Still, relive the glory days of Buffy, Xena, Dark Angel et al and hope some new blood is inspired to make women super again. ( )
  Aerialgrrrl | Aug 5, 2011 |
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A lot of people disapprove of female superheroes. _ Roz Kaveny
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"Women have been led to believe that superheroes and heroism are not for them, and that they are little more than love interests, or sidekicks who stand by their supermen. This is a false proposition argues Jennifer K. Stuller, as she uncovers the true history of how superwomen are represented in popular culture. She reveals how, from Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Brislow, Charlie's Angels to The Powerpuff Girls, the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys' club barrier of tradition for shining, if all too brief, moments." "The book details the notable differences in how women and men are represented as heroic in modern myth. Love and compassion, spies and sexuality, daddy's girls, and the complicated roles of superwomen who are also mothers are all explored. The spotlight is also turned onto men and women who have created modern myths with a strong female presence and Stuller concludes by speculating on the future of gender representation in superheroic myth." "A useful appendix offers resources for further information about feminist fangirl blogging, activism, and fiction, and the book features a glossary of modern mythic women."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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