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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Fake female journalists other than Ann Coulter #1

I'm writing a short script which has a female reporter as the main character. My first idea for a name, August Alley, wasn't clever enough for my liking (April O'Neil + Lois Lane) so I went in search of a better word play. Instead I found an odd stereotype.

For some reason, women in comic books have been cast as reporters more than any other profession. Is it for ease of story-telling? A reporter is directly affected by the actions of a superhero and logically should be involved with the story to some degree.

Is it because of the sexual tension between a male superhero and the sexy journalist who is always just so close to revealing his identity (identity = genitals)?

Is it because the adventurous life of a reporter is glamorous and interesting? I hope so for my own sake. But to find out for sure I'd have to ask Brenda Star. She is a comic reporter (known for romantic trysts and adventures) created by actual female Dale Messick in 1940. Messick did the comic herself for 40 years before retiring. Brenda Star has since then been through several artists, all women.

But if we're going back in time we should go to the original crime-fighting female journalist, Jane Arden (seen at left).

Arden set the standard for the female journalist who goes the extra mile. Created in 1927, Arden is the cheeky grandmother to characters like Lois Lane and April O'Neil.

She went beyond just reporting crime, making moves to actually stop criminals. Pulitzer Prize winner Mary McGory said that Arden interested her in journalism. I guess Nixon was right to fear the feminists.

These two presented odd characterizations of women for the time; strong, smart, independent individuals who feared no man. Powerful images, no pun intended.


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