out of the bubble

I freely admit there are times I can live in a kind of bubble, one where I'm not simply accepted for how I think but where what I think/say is appreciated. Teaching at a small liberal arts college may appear as though I'm "preaching to the converted" but it isn't always the case. However, no one chastises me or looks at me strangely when they enter my office and see the sci-fi and horror movie posters or my bookshelves stacked with comics or Smallville DVD's. In fact, I maintain a pretty nice level of geek cred because of such a display. And it probably helps that many of my colleagues' level of geekdom includes Tolkien and medieval literature while others teach classes on Johnny Depp, and still others on monsters and mythology. I'm definitely at home and among friends in my department.

But then I read things like:

Wishing for more female superhero movies is kind of like longing for more Sex and the City knockoffs with all-male casts. It'll never work and it's not because of sexism or Hollywood bias or whatever rabble rousing labels you want to throw on it. It'll never work simply because men and women have different interests. There's a reason Wonder Woman is the only noteworthy solo female superhero anyone can name. It's because men like superheroes, men wish they could be superheroes, and it's men who see superhero movies and read superhero comic books.

and I begin to unravel.

Tons of comments from women on Jezebel point out exactly why Tyler is wrong. Many, many other people have responded to Tyler's original article which is in itself a response to an ongoing discussion on both Cinematical and Rope of Silicon.

And while Tyler admits he's basing his article on a generalization of female movie-going audiences, I don't think that excuses the fact that he sets up men and women as inherently different, a patriarchal and very limiting view of our capabilities and our interests. The things women who like comics, sci-fi, and superheroes are not the norm. We're all a bunch of outsiders. And in my opinion, Tyler and others like him are, quite frankly, scared of us.