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Friday, August 26th, 2016 03:26 am
miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Feminist Heroes: Janeway)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
So I watched the rest of season one. And aside from that one episode (which I posted about yesterday) I didn't have a major problem with it. In fact, I'll go further than that. I liked it. I REALLY liked it. BUT I've read some stuff about season 2, especially here: and...

One of the things I really liked about Supergirl was that the cast was very gender balanced (Supergirl, Alex, Cat, Lucy, Eliza & Vasquez vs James, Winn, Hank/J'onn, Maxwell, Sam & Jeremiah - yeah, only two genders, but this is still massive progress for mainstream American telly). Of the new announcements, three are men (2 of them superpowered, & one of them Kara's new boss) and one is a woman (superpowered). They're also announcing the "reduction" of Cat, who as far as I am concerned was a major reason to watch the show. I don't LIKE Cat as a person, but as a character? By Cthulhu she is well written and well acted, and she adds an excellent and much needed dimension to the show.

So we're upping the men loads, & swapping one major female character out for another. That kind of buggers up the gender balance. And all the men we are introducing have either power over Kara, or make her powers less special and more commonplace, or both.

I have a problem with that.

How many shows are properly gender balanced? Hardly any. How many action/adventure shows have a female lead who has a female boss, and who has unique (at least to the show) skills? I can genuinely only think of this one. And all that looks like it's going to go...

I dunno. Maybe I'm worrying too much. Maybe this is just what the press is being fed, or what they're paying attention to, rather than what's actually going to be the focus of the series. But I have some disquiet.


Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016 03:53 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: Batwoman, red/black/white art (Batwoman)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Yeah, I have the same concerns for Season 2. The cast is so well-balanced in gender, as you say, but it's also extremely well-balanced between the mundane and super parts of Kara's life, and that's something really rare and special in a superhero show.

Date: Friday, August 26th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
nickbarlow: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nickbarlow
"How many shows are properly gender balanced? Hardly any. How many action/adventure shows have a female lead who has a female boss, and who has unique (at least to the show) skills?"

Have you tried Orphan Black? That would fit most of those criteria (not sure what criteria you might be applying for the 'unique skills' part, though).

Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2016 08:57 am (UTC)
haggis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] haggis
That's hilarious. I haven't watched Orphsn Black but I vaguely know the premise and it's just too perfect.

We want more female characters!
Ok ok, but we only have to write one proper character and we can use her in ALL of the shows/films (Smurfette / Strong Female Character)
We want MORE female characters!
Ok ok but ... we don't need more than one actress, do we?

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