Never let it be said I can’t write a headline that gets attention, LOL.
This one isn’t another piece of erotica though, it’s brief commentary on the CW Network show and Neofeminism. For those who haven’t heard, the CW, at the urging of the show’s producer (Sarah Schechter) and star (Melissa Benoist), are eliminating the skirt from Supergirl’s outfit and switching her to pants.
I have to admit, looking at it just on it’s face, it’s not a bad costume. For me, it’s the “why” that is disturbing…
In an interview I read online, they both see this as such a bold and empowering move and are very proud of doing it. This kind of situation is where I get in trouble with the extreme end of the “feminist” movement. I see the story, and all I can think is “How did we get to a point in feminism where acting or dressing like a woman is a display of weakness?”
Isn’t this the exact opposite of feminism? It used to be at least. “Back in the day”, the goal was for women to be able to be women, yet still seen as strong and capable. NOW, Supergirl is immature and weak unless she’s dressing like Superman.
OK, let’s address the obvious… Supergirl’s skirt is (usually) on the short side; about cheerleader length. It’s varied in comic books though from there to knee length. Most Basic little black dresses that 20 somethings wear to the club are just as short if not shorter though.
Long story short; Supergirl’s (or any woman’s) status as an adult should have little to do with how she dresses. What makes a person an adult is how they carry themselves. Can they think of others or just themselves? Can they make tough decisions and make sacrifices to get ahead in life or do they whine, cry and expect society to carry them and want everything NOW? Qualifiers for men or women in my opinion.
Women used to be admired for projecting a quieter, more dignified strength than men. Still are in most quarters (or I’d like to think so anyway). Somewhere along the line though, the feminist movement (parts of it at least), got the very screwed up idea that a woman can only be strong and equal if she’s acting and looking like a man.