So apparently is okay for Catwoman and Batman to have sex, but not in the way that it was written, because seeing her for so many panels in a state of undress without seeing her head is misogynistic…
I’ve been reading all the fuss about the DC 52 comic relaunch with some bemusement. I realized that if some of the women posting about just how misogynistic comics are becoming were to read some of the manga that is out there, well, I’m sure they’d be choking on their own vomit they’d be so disgusted.
Trust me ladies, DC doesn’t hold a candle to some of the shoujo manga I’ve read. Pick anything by Mayu Shinjo. Haou Airen is a pretty nice example, girl saves guy, he’s a hot gangster, he kidnaps her, rapes her, but its okay because he loves her.
Or what about Love Celeb? Right from the start Kirara is being told by her manager the best way to make it in the industry is to sell her body. Her manager even gives her sex lessons and Gin mostly emotionally abuses her throughout the entire manga. But its okay, he’s always screwing her and emotionally abusing her, because he’s hot and he just doesn’t understand love.
Her female characters are sweet I guess, but hopelessly naive to the point of being complete idiots. I don’t think you can consider them to have any dignity since they fall head over heels in love with guys who basically rape them.
Its a pretty sad, warped view of romance and thank god for mangas like Kimi ni Todoke. Without something like that to read after a Shinjo type manga I’d probably become a total shut in, rocking myself violently in the corner and fearful of all men.
Not that she’s the only culprit, take this little snippet from Hachimitsu Shounen. All ends happily ever after. She forgives him for sleeping with his ex while she was on vacation. Yes that’s right I said vacation. They weren’t separated for months or years while they pursued college or a job contract on something.
He felt insecure while she was on vacation and slept with his ex. But once she finds out he repeatedly called her name while banging his ex, it all became okay. Because well, at least he was thinking of her while he did it. Excuse me, what? Its okay he screwed around on you because he did it because you were gone and he was lonely and really he was just using her as a substitute for you.
Is that really any kind of relationship message to send to women? My ending would be a lot more satisfying, it goes something like this. They wouldn’t get back together and he’d be lying on the ground bleeding to death from his crotch with his newly detached equipment stuffed in his mouth.
Do girls in Japan actually enjoy this sort of manga? Or are guys the ones actually reading this kind of drivel. Hachimitsu Shounen made me sad, although funnily enough I do enjoy her other manga Momoiro Heaven.
Its full of the same smut, Ranmaru is a whore who doesn’t seem to really care about any of the women he sleeps around with. But, while he teases Momoko and that sometimes strays into dodgy territory. He’s never really outright cruel to her and he’s had plenty of opportunity to force her into sex but hasn’t.
It looks like he may genuinely be coming to care for her and Momoko isn’t an absolute moron like many of Shinjo’s heroines. She is a virgin and somewhat naive, but that makes it all the more fun when she gets her way, which means Ranmaru doesn’t get his 🙂
Its biggest saving factor is probably the humor. I can handle the fact Ranmaru is a bit of a bastard, because he’s not a total ass and the situations are being played up for humor not a poor attempt at drama.
So calm down ladies, if Catwoman wants to call Batman for a booty call, let her get her rocks off with mister tall, dark and sexy. At least she’s the one calling the shots, she called him after all.
She’s not being kidnapped and raped by hot gangsters, or being forced into prostitution to become a huge popstar and I’m only just scraping the surface of mangas that are horribly degrading to women.
So next time you think Catwoman wanting to tap that is bringing down the feminist movement, just remember, it could be worse, much worse!