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Women's HERstory Month Day 29: Women in Refrigerators

11:47 am - 03/29/2012


tw for mentions of sexual assault of fictional characters.

Women in Refrigerators is a trope identified by comic book fan (and now comic book writer) Gail Simone because she was sick of seeing ”superheroines who have been either depowered, assaulted, or cut up and stuck in the refrigerator.”

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Today I'm starting a two day docent job for my school's comic book art show, and this trope came to mind. While it refers specifically to comic books, it is a theme that can depressingly be found across most media.
fickery 29th-Mar-2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
a two day docent job for my school's comic book art show

Wow, that sounds really fun. :)

Thanks for posting this! (and the rest of the HERstories--I'm way behind). Of course I'm aware of Gail Simone and Women in Refrigerators, but this is a really good, simple, engaging explanation of the phenomenon and why it's important to recognize it. Bookmarked the vid so I can watch the rest of the tropes series later.

jettakd 29th-Mar-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, it will be cause my shift is just about to start!
lykomancer 29th-Mar-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Listening to someone talk about tropes is almost as addicting as clicking through tvTropes website endlessly. My god, I could watch these all day.
executivehpfan 29th-Mar-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I love this series, and this video in particular.
lickbrains 29th-Mar-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
I absolutely LOVE Feminist Frequency! They're so good at calling people out on this shit. My favorite is probably the one about the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" only because I'd never really learned that on my own. Thanks for all of your posts <33

Edited at 2012-03-29 06:50 pm (UTC)
jettakd 29th-Mar-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
I LOATHE the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Trope and all it stands for. That video was great.

I'm glad you like them :D
jettakd 29th-Mar-2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
There is a collected online list of these situations, and the sheer volume is just horrifying.

Let's not forget Scarlet Witch who was depowered, had her memory wiped, and her twin sons stolen/reincarnated into other children.
moetushie 29th-Mar-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
I keep waiting for her to say 'manpain' but yes, exactly.
jettakd 29th-Mar-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
I love the term manpain XD
eyetosky 29th-Mar-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
YES THANK YOU, FELLOW NERDS I HAVE TO ASK...!

Yeah, the New 52 rollout for Catwoman, Starfire, and Voodoo (oh god, that book) was disastrous, but I haven't heard anything since because I dropped those books like hot acid potatoes.

But The Ubiquitous They that is the female community of comic lovers online has suddenly decided to get mad about Wonder Woman now? I freaking love that book, and even when I went over it again I cannot see how making her origins as an Amazon, and the Amazons in general, rooted in a dark past makes Diana herself any less amazing. It makes her more amazing, because she rejects it!

But somehow, because Azzarello gave the Amazons a moral ambiguity, all of a sudden it's "OMG he hates women, make Gail Simone write it, she is the only one that understands the Ubiquitous They!" and it's driving me a little nuts.
jettakd 29th-Mar-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
I actually still really love Azarello's WW run. I thought the new origins actually made more sense in the context of the original mythology. I mean I adore Gail Simone, but Azarello is certainly not ruining Wondie imo.

What other 52 books are you currently reading if I may ask?
bmh4d0k3n 29th-Mar-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
This series is fantastic. Be sure to check out the "straw feminist" video:

mercaque 29th-Mar-2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
OMG, thank you for posting this!! That page over at TVTropes crushed my soul a little bit and this is so refreshing.
eyetosky 29th-Mar-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Also, seriously, Ron Marz can go stuff himself in a fridge. He wrote that original Fridgestuffer narrative that the trope is based on, and I've been following him when I can just to see how he operates, and... it's as bad as ever. However bad you think "Witchblade" was before, goddammit, that first issue of the character's move to Chicago...
beoweasel 29th-Mar-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
I remember reading Witchblade when I was younger, I don't remember much about it. But I was a dumb, male teenager and not exactly reading it for plot. :P
randomtasks 29th-Mar-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Even though I have a mixed opinions on Feminist Frequency, I liked this video.
livinghope 30th-Mar-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Why do you have mixed opinions?
cero_ate 29th-Mar-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Every time I see anything about women in refrigerators and Gail Simone I always think of how she posted on her twitter Wasp deserved to be fridged and then her 'apology' . And I sigh. Another one eaten by the patriarchy.
kitchen_poet 30th-Mar-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
The video forgot to mention that male superheros are rarely illustrated as a composition of booty shots at every imagine angle.
hinoema 30th-Mar-2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Watching this, one thing became apparent. The male super character is an actual character, who overcomes challenges (death, severe injury, etc) to continue his story line. The female super character is a thing, a challenge for the associated male character to overcome (her death, injury, etc) to continue his storyline. She's just another thing that happens to him.
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