Tuesday, April 7, 2009

females read press releases and they're pissed

Pehaps you do not read the blog Girls Read Comics And They're Pissed. It's about the unintentional hilarity to be found regarding women in comic books and comics-related media, and it's generally one of my favorite Intarweb things, and I've missed it bunches over the past few months while its writer, Karen Healey, has been busy doing 3-dimensional things. And okay, if feminist-geared dorkitude isn't your thang, that's chill, but dudes seriously this press release from Marvel about their upcoming merch line for women females is the most unintentionally most-funny thing I've read since the Twilight series. And Karen's post about it is, as always, rad. I've got two things to add:

A) I edit for a medical journal, and it's actually a common style point for med journals to never use the words "female" or "male" to refer to human beings, unless it's part of a multiword descriptor that would be awkward with less dehumanizing words like "women" and "men". 'Cause it's the 21st century and we're trying to encourage the medical industry to think of patients as people, not charts or numbers. I mean. I guess I'm glad that Marvel used "females" and not like "ALL TEH LADIEZ" or something, but. Perhaps the marketing dude is Ferengi and merely using the language that comes naturally to him?

B) The phrase "female product"? Makes me think that Marvel is gonna be selling like tampons with Spider-Man on them:

"SUPER Heroes, SUPER Absorbancy!"

"Fight LEAKS And ODOR Like You Have A Tragic Origin Story In Which They Killed Your Parents!"

"Scott Summers: Best For Heavy Flow Days!"?

6 comments:

Mommy Melee said...

Hahaha. Ugh.

melissa dominic said...

My girlflow days would be much better with a smiling venom staring at me from my pad-box.

My Bottle's Up! said...

i'm goina second melissa dominic on this one... teehee...

the grammar monkey said...

Bahaha, I'm not sure whether I totally agree or whether Venom in my vajayjay is waaaaay more vagina dentata than I need.

Melissa Dominic said...

c'mon, everyone needs a lil vagina dentata somedays!

the grammar monkey said...

I can in no way argue with your logic!

Though in some situations, Venom's dentata might sorta be overkill.

Ohh-oh here she comes, watch out boy she'll chew you up! Ohh-oh here she comes, she's a maneater