Goodbye To Comics:
Well Yeah, Sometimes Abuse DOES Create The Superheroine
There is a lot of debate in the comics blogosphere regarding the depiction/retconning of an abusive interlude in the lives of one superpowered female character or another. The objection is usually about how an abusive past shouldn't be used as the "reason" why a woman became a superhero.
Well then what the fuck else is that abusive past good for?
Sometimes it comes down to:
1) Go down the path of self-loathing and self-destruction
2) Become the Black Cat, or Catwoman, or Black Canary, or whomever
If you've been following the posts, you'll remember the scene where I'm in the ambulance, theoretically bleeding to death from the most sensitive part of my body, the hapless Donovan Paul in tow.
Donovan tries to "cheer me up" by offering suggestions as to how this accident, which will eventually bankrupt me and leave me deathly afraid of sex, has a "silver lining."
Was Donovan trying too hard?
But without the belief and motivation that this shitty event, like a number of shitty events sprinkled throughout my life, could be used as an impetus to create positive and, dare I say, "superheroic" things, I fucking would have went batty. And I don't mean "batty" like Batman.
So these narratives regarding the female superheroine with abuse and trauma in her past actually INSPIRE me.
So you mean Catwoman became strong and a fighter and took control of her life?
Does that mean that there isn't a section of the male reading audience that gets off sexually by viewing the rape and torture of superheroines in these very comics?
Ah, there's the rub.