Multicultural Superheroes are Women

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Kickass, Multicultural Superheroes Made By Women, For Women

Jazmin Truesdale’s Aza Comics aims to show women working together, instead of against each other.

Jazmin Truesdale grew up reading comics. But, as she got older, she lost interest in the catchy crime-fighting plots and the mostly male casts of characters.

“When you get older you start to notice more things like sexism and racism in the entertainment you consume, and I was becoming more put off by comics,” Truesdale told The Huffington Post. Rather than turning away from her interest, however, she dove into it head-on, dreaming up a squad of heroines that better reflects the lives of real women reading comics today.

“In the superhero industry, there are many physically powerful women and people of color but none of them are truly empowered,” Truesdale said. “They’ll show up for a comic issue or two and then disappear into the superhero void.”

She’s referring specifically to Nubia — a black woman who features in the “Wonder Woman” series as a powerful equal to Wonder Women, yet is scarcely seen after a three-issue stint in the late 1970s. Her fate is common among superwomen, who tend to crop up as strong-willed love interests — ahem, Catwoman — more than stars in their own right.

“Female superheroes were never meant for women,” Truesdale said. “They were created by men, for men. The characters are either created based on female stereotypes or they are literally regurgitated female versions of popular male characters.”

Read further @ Huffington Post

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,May 24, 2016.

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