I recently watched a fascinating documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Tracing the history of Wonder Woman, the film focused on strong female roles in comics, film and television – their importance and the consequences of being powerful.
97 percent of the choices made in the film industry are made by men and boy are we fed some bullshit stereotypes. I’d really like more Buffys, more Hermiones, more Sarah Connors. There was a line in the movie that broached the perception that female leads don’t always reflect box office success. I don’t have box office statistics on hand but when sports writers are confusing us with horses it’s not difficult to appreciate why.
I’ve been thinking about how this applies to blogging culture. I read an interesting article recently that delved into the traits of popular lifestyle/mum blogs in the US – the lack of diversity and whether or not these blogs ‘are a new way of comparing ourselves and coming up short’.
The article mentions the appeal of blogging often lies in its realness and that for some people immersing themselves in lifestyle blogs can lead to negative reactions ‘their life is so much better than mine‘. I am loathe to admit it, because I think it says more about me than these types of blogs, but I’ve fallen victim to it at times. I’m learning to let go of that comparison, stop reading is usually a good place to start.
The article’s sentiment that as bloggers grow in popularity and partner up with mainstream outlets, for example magazines, they become more restricted in what they write about might be true but is it such a big deal? When other bloggers see that success and attempt to emulate it maybe. Are we then helping to feed society’s preference for “happy white women” as the article suggests? I don’t know but I would love to read more Hermiones, more Sarah Connors, more 1940’s Wonder Woman in the Australian blogging world.
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