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Girl Power

by Greg Krehbiel on 31 December 2017

I was at a friend’s house over the holidays and saw this poster on the wall.

I’m not a comic book guy and never have been, so I don’t know who half the characters are on this poster, and I don’t know the DC universe from the Marvel universe, or any of that stuff.

What struck me about the poster was how differently people would interpret “power” from this poster.

Since they’re all superheroes, they all have some powers, I guess. But it’s also quite obvious that all these women have enormous sex appeal, and that’s the power that’s on display in the poster.

So when the caption says this is “the real power,” what does that mean?

2017-12-31  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 7

  1. RR
    1 January 2018 @ 11:06 pm

    I don’t follow comic books at all either. But my guess is that ugly female characters wouldn’t make for very convincing superheroes and wouldn’t sell comic books. This goes way back. As a kid, I remember part of the appeal of Wonder Woman back in the 1970s wasn’t just that she could defeat the bad guys, but that she looked good while doing so.

  2. Robin R.
    2 January 2018 @ 8:14 am

    It’s pretty much the same for male superheroes. Most of them, even the Hulk, fit the ideal of the ideal of the male body type. I’ve never seen this kind of stuff as a big deal.

  3. RR
    2 January 2018 @ 9:38 am

    Robin’s correct. You wouldn’t see a male superhero who looks like Homer Simpson either.

  4. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    2 January 2018 @ 9:53 am

    Yes, but that’s not my question. I’m asking what is the “real power” the poster is supposed to be referring to.

  5. smitemouth
    2 January 2018 @ 10:38 am

    Interestingly enough, the 3 biggest box office grosses for 2017 are these movies: Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Beauty and the Beast. What do they have in common?

  6. Robin R.
    2 January 2018 @ 10:48 am

    The real power is presumably their super power, i.e. their fictional power. 🙂

  7. William
    3 January 2018 @ 1:30 pm

    I suspect the artist was trying to convey that “women” are the “real power” of the DC universe.

    That said, even with the author’s explanation, I find the poster a bit odd. If it wasn’t for the caption, I’d have no clue what the poster was attempting to communicate. These characters look like tea party patrons versus super heros who are the real power of the universe.

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