Give Us The SuperWomen!
I’ve got a special treat for all of you today!
After my recent blog post, Where Are The SuperWomen? I approached a couple of my tweeps about hosting a live Twitter chat about female superheroes. To my delight, they were both immediately on board — and the #SuperWomen hashtag was born.
Okay, it already existed as a place where people extolled the virtues of their mums, who I think we all know ARE SuperWomen.
But today it’s going to be the place where we get together to discuss:
- The proportional lack of SuperWomen in culture
- The portrayal of SuperWomen where they do exist, especially compared with the portrayal of SuperMen
- How Buffy meant to give us SuperWomen — but in many ways only bolstered the vampire-y subgenre of urban fantasy
- WHY Hollywood can’t seem to give us fully realised SuperWomen
- What we want to see from media in terms of women who are heroes — superheroes
- Why Catwoman and Electra failed
- The effects of having SuperWomen in the entertainment industry
- What makes a real SuperWoman
Here’s the breakdown of the live Twitter chat:
Where: the #SuperWomen hashtag
When: 7-8 PM EDT (that’s BST -5, for those of you who know Greenwich time better)
How: Hop on Twitter, click the “Discover” tab on the upper edge of your browser, then type #SuperWomen in the search bar. That’ll take you to where we’re chatting. It’ll show you the tweets with the options to see Top/All/From People You Know. Click “All” to see what everyone’s saying, and make sure you use the #SuperWomen hashtag in all your discussion tweets so people see them! If not, they’ll just show up on your homepage. Same thing with @replies — include the hashtag when you’re replying to someone.
Got more than 140 characters to say? No biggie. Just finish your hashtagged tweet with this: 1/2 or 2/2 so people know you’re continuing or wrapping up a thought.
The mods (Rebekah, Sam, and I) will be around from a little before to a bit after the timeslot. We’ll be there to stimulate discussion, chime in with our own thoughts, and erm…enforce the very simple Ground Rule.
Very Simple Ground Rule: Be thoughtful, be civil, and have fun.
That’s it. If someone’s trolling (purposely being incendiary, for instance: “WOMEN R DUM AND BELONG IN TEH KICHEN!”), block them. They won’t show up in your feed anymore.
Meet The Mods:
Samuel Scott (@btvsonline)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Online is a top fan website created by Samuel Scott that is a complete resource for all aspects of the show along with a high-level, academic blog with funny graphics and essays on philosophy, theology, and more. Scott is a former Boston newspaper editor who now lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, and works in Internet marketing and public relations in his day job. The first episode he ever saw during Buffy’s original run was Season 3′s “Gingerbread” while in college, and he has been a fan ever since. BTVS Online’s website, blog, Facebook page, Pinterest, and Twitter. Scott’s personal website and online-marketing site.
Rebekah loves Buffy and anything Whedon-related, and she has always appreciated Joss bringing female superheroes to culture in fresh, witty ways. As a young woman, she sees the need for strong female rolemodels when she observes her peers. Rebekah believes that the world needs SuperWomen to show girls her age and younger (and older!) that women can be strong and independent — and she asserts that the key will be elevating women without seeking to put men down. And SuperWomen are a perfect way to teach that!
And of course, erm…moi! (Emmie Mears, yo. @emmiemears)
Emmie Mears spends at least an hour a day preparing for or thinking about the zombie apocalypse (hollaback, ZAP Warriors!). Future calamity notwithstanding, Emmie hunts stories in dark alleys and in stone circles and spends most nights listening for something that goes bump. She writes urban fantasy novels, but her blog covers many facets of fantasy, from superheroes to vampires to sorcerers. Emmie lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband, a husky puppy who talks too much, and a tabby who thinks she’s a tiger. Mears’ website, Twitter, and Facebook. Emmie’s also on Pinterest.
Come join us on Twitter from 7-8 PM EDT tonight, and let’s start telling the world how we want our #SuperWomen!
- The Buffy Effect (feministphilosophers.wordpress.com)
- An Open Letter to Joss Whedon: Give Us Our Heroines! (wired.com)
- Female Superhero Films, or Where’s My Ms. Marvel Movie? (mitchallan.wordpress.com)
Posted on September 20, 2012, in Buffy, Superheroes, SuperWomen and tagged BtVSOnline, Buffy, Buffy 'Vampire Slayer, emmie mears, female superheroes, feminism, Joss Whedon, Pinterest, Samuel Scott, superhero, SuperWomen, Tel Aviv, Twitter, urban fantasy. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.