1. Wear Your Superheroes Day - October 1st



    A friend just sent us a link to an event created by two young girls after our own hearts. I’ll let their father explain.

    Leanna is a 5-year-old girl who loves superheroes. When she wears her superhero clothes to kindergarten, though, the boys tell her that superheroes are “for boys.” She has even started to wear her jacket all day to keep from being hassled about it. (For the record, princesses…

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  2. Dress Like a Hero, Not A Sidekick


    Dress Like a Hero, Not A Sidekick

    The good news is, there are finally some superhero-themed shirts for girls at Walmart.

    The bad news is, they look like this:


    When we say we want more girls superhero stuff, this is exactly what we don’t mean. Let’s list the ways it is annoying.

    1. It’s boring text.
    2. It’s pink. So pink. Why is it pink? Does Batman wear pink?
    3. The subject of the shirt is not Batgirl. It’s Batman.
    4. The shirt is not…

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  3. heroicgirls:

    The current Humble Weekly Bundle features nothing but cool indie games with female protagonists.

    Pay what you want to get:

    Pay $6 or more and also receive:

    Pay $10 or more and get all the

    A portion of the proceeds collected will go to support Girls Make Games, a series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams designed to encourage girls to explore the world of video games. You can even select how much of your payment goes to charity and how much goes to the developers.

    Heroic Girls believes that allowing girls the opportunity to see women as the heroes of the story is incredibly important. These games give girls that opportunity, encourage developers to make more games with female protagonists and give money to a charity devoted to expanding opportunities for girls in the world of video games.

    In the industry, we call that a “win-win-win.”

  4. heroicgirls:

    Women scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation celebrate successful orbit around Mars.

  5. heroicgirls:

    A nice write-up from our friends at Women You Should Know.

  6. kellysue:

    "Hulk, make me a sandwich…"

    Somehow I missed this, and it’s my own kid. I think I may have sent it to Kelly Sue on Twitter? I can’t remember.

    Anyway, it is fun reading all the nice things people have to say about Stella.

  7. comicsalliance:


    By Andrew Wheeler

    As a man who reads superhero comics, I confess that I share a commonly-held prurient interest in big-chested, long-legged heroes in skin-baring costumes that barely cover their naughty bits — or as I like to call him, Namor.

    Sadly, Namor is pretty much alone in his category. Contrary to the perception that male heroes in comics are frequently sexually objectified, it’s my experience that even Namor is only rarely presented as someone to lust over. Yet I’m fortunate that my tastes run towards the Hemsworth end of the scale. Like many straight men, I admire the kind of buff dudes that are the staple of superhero comics, even though they are rarely sexualized. If I shared the tastes of most of the women I know, I think I’d find superhero comics an even more frustratingly sexless wasteland.

    Big muscles are a male fantasy. That’s not to say that women aren’t ever into them, but let’s face facts; women have never been the primary target audience for superhero comics, and male heroes are drawn with big muscles anyway. Make no mistake; women are there. But those big muscles are not there for women. They’re there for men; straight men who find male power exhilarating. If women didn’t exist, superheroes would be drawn just as buff as they are today — because as far as most superhero comics are concerned, women as consumers do not exist.

    Yet I’ve seen it said more times than I can count that male heroes are objectified, sexualized, idealized, just the same as the women — because they’re big and ripped and dressed in tight costumes. It’s an idea that’s completely tied up in the narcissistic notion that androphile women are attracted to the same qualities that men find appealing.

    Talk to a few women, and you’ll find that’s broadly untrue.


    (via kierongillen)

  8. heroicgirls:

    This animated Buffy the Vampire Slayer intro is the best thing you will see on the Internet today. I would watch this with my kids in a heartbeat.


  9. notcisjustwoman:

    This Emma Watson thing just proves that not only are men going to react negatively to even the wimpiest, most man-pleasing feminism out there, but also that “We don’t hate men, NO REALLY! We Don’t! I totally Swear!” style feminism HELPS NO ONE.

    I actually believes all it shows is that there are some men who will not be swayed by logic, empathy or basic human decency — but we already knew that.

    The MRAs, Red Pill Society members and Pick Up Artists were never the intended audience. They are likely unreachable. She was targeting the far larger audience of everyday men who are not misogynistic but feel disconnected from the modern feminist movement, and her outreach has been quite successful if you look at the proliferation of #HeForShe tags and the discussions among reasonable people.

    Do not conflate a small, vocal and determined band of misanthropes with all men. Emma Watson did have a positive effect. And feminism cannot succeed in enacting positive social change without men and women working together. 

    MRAs would like nothing more than to divide the world into “men vs. women.” That is their mindset. It should never be ours.

    That’s my $0.02.

  10. heroicgirls:

    John Oliver takes down the Miss America pageant.

    Maybe it is time to give our girls new heroes to look up to.