Kara Zor-El, Defender of Feminism

Arth seems to have retired from the Correlation. She will be missed.
But without our one female writer, if we want to talk about feminism, a guy is going to have to write it. Keep that in mind, I guess. Now let’s talk about Supergirl. (Little to no spoilers.)
I’m a huge fan of this new Supergirl show, for many reasons. The inclusion of Hank Henshaw and his secrets is just fantastic from a geek standpoint. There’s also the inclusion of red kryptonite and a solar flare and Black Mercy. All of it is even better because it’s Supergirl, not Superman.
When Superman was created he was the ideal for humans to strive for. Comic book readers and movie watchers of that time didn’t mind that he wasn’t relatable. Modern viewers do mind, though. He’s just too powerful; it’s hard for us to care about him as a character. Supergirl, on the other hand, we’re more likely to care about, for three reasons.
1) Her story is better. She remembers her planet and her people because she wasn’t a baby when she left Krypton. But when she gets the chance to join her people, she still chooses Earth and humanity.
2) Her motivations are more meaningful. She had a purpose: help Kal-El. But because of technical difficulties, Ka-El is already grown up. She’s left on a new planet, knowing her people are dead, with no purpose. A few years later, she chooses to be a super heroine on her own.
3) She’s a girl. In the cape, she is trying to protect a planet that tends to distrust aliens. But in the glasses, she is a woman trying to make her way in a man’s world. This makes her relatable.
I’m not a super feminist, but I do appreciate non-anti-feminism when I see it. The female characters are strong and independent and no one makes a fuss about it, so we can actually appreciate their strength and independence.
God created men and women equal. Deborah and Samson were both judges, and one of them is famous for screwing up. It’s the dude. The dude is the one who screwed up.
But no prophet ever said “Behold, women can be strong and independent.” Our fiction does not need to declare it, either. We’re supposed to recognize that on our own.

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