how did I know this before you?!?
This was newly new news back in September. But this day’s excitement came from the fact that I can pre-order this, making it totally real. (Just like the new Ms Marvel, which also gets an extra YAY, but not a woohooo, because I need to meet her first, but sounds promising.)
These 2 Kids Have Taken A Photo With Santa For 34 Years. Needless To Say, The Last Few Are Epic. -
From 1980 to 2013. It gets better and better.
BUT IS SHE STILL A FEMINIST BADASS???
For that we have to wait and see, but why bring She-Hulk back if she’s not her usual super badass no-nonsense self? She’s a female lawyer who has to deal with all legal things regarding superhero and -villain stuff. While trying her own hand at heroics and sometimes not being smart about personal decisions. A well-rounded character with strengths and flaws and great possibilities for hilarious situations.
I’m just glad that it’s really really confirmed to come out in February, because after the first announcement in September it seemed a long way to go and got quiet. But now I was reminded to pre-order and it just has to be awesome!
YESSSSSSSSSS, SHE-HULK IS GETTING A NEW SOLO SERIES! *wohoooooooooo* Count me in… but wait, I can’t afford another… ugh… fuck it, it’s a super smart female lawyer who can become a 6’7” green, witty smashing machine - with style!
All these excuses are 100% real and reiterated only with the slightest sarcastic inflection. They were all uttered with complete seriousness, though whether from sheer naiveté or callous indifference I couldn’t tell you. The point is they’re all excuses.
Some of these are even true; in fact, all of them are at least a little true, because the best (worst) excuses is always just a little true.
But ask anyone who thinks about creating anything and they’ll tell you, as you probably know already, that what you leave out is as much of decision as what you put in. Where’s your budget going, exactly, that’s so much important than a playable woman? If you can’t write women, maybe you should hire a better writer, or hire a consultant, or have your writer talk to a woman a few times.
What these excuses say is “we thought a lot about our game. But we didn’t think women were worth thinking about.” A distraction from what they really wanted to talk about. They can even understand, intellectually, that a story about women might be serious or interesting or relatable. But they have no idea how to do it themselves and no interest in creating ones. They think that’s okay and they think that doesn’t matter, because they’re writing a story about men.
But men do not live in a world with only men, and what’s far less “realistic” than playable women is a world in which men can safely ignore women…or people of color, or queer folx…telling stories that revolve only around them. Their stories aren’t alone. They touch every story around them. A story can never be about “just” masculinity because even (especially) the absence of something is as much of statement as its presence. What sort of story do think that it might be? The story without women, that is.
I like the “skirt physics” answers. My god, there’s simply no way around having to render a skirt! I mean, it’s not like women could possibly wear anything else!