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Patrick Macnee Proved A Gentleman Hero Could Treat Women As Equals

Patrick Macnee, who just died, embodied the ultimate gentleman adventurer for millions of people. As John Steed in The Avengers, he proved that an old-school gent could be ready for anything—whether it be robot killing machines, or a tough, self-assured lady in a catsuit. » 6/25/15 6:00pm 6/25/15 6:00pm

How To Make Black Widow Truly Awesome, According To Richard K. Morgan

Black Widow’s rise to badassery arguably began in 2004, when Richard K. Morgan wrote a miniseries that revamped her backstory and gave her a much stronger inner life. And now that we’re all talking about Black Widow in the wake of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Morgan has some thoughts about how to achieve her full… » 5/08/15 3:26pm 5/08/15 3:26pm

11-Year-Old Schools DC About Female Heroes, So They Turn Her Into One

This is kind of awesome. Eleven-year-old Rowan Hansen wrote to DC Comics asking why there weren't more female superheroes, and why the female heroes don't wear more practical costumes. They responded with a drawing of Hansen as a superhero. Her response: Thanks, but that's not what I asked for. » 2/20/15 5:49pm 2/20/15 5:49pm

The Weirdest And "Sexiest" Store-Bought Halloween Costumes For 2014

It's that time of year again — the moment when we all realize we didn't get a Halloween costume yet. And luckily, a whole industry exists to sell us ready-made versions of popular characters. Here are the weirdest, (allegedly) sexiest and most random new costumes for sale in 2014! » 10/09/14 4:08pm 10/09/14 4:08pm

"Strong Women Characters" Who Made Mistakes (And Learned From Them)

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You know what we really want from our "strong female characters" in pop culture? Not to be perfect human beings. Or to screw up and be sidelined. What we want is to see them do what all great characters do: make mistakes, and grow as a result. Here are a ton of female heroes whose mistakes made them great. » 9/10/14 5:27pm 9/10/14 5:27pm

10 Times When Comics And Movies Sexualized Male Superheroes

You've heard the argument that male superheroes are sexualized simply because they are often bare-chested. But a man taking off his shirt doesn't make him a sex object. It's actually rare to find examples of male superheroes who truly are sexualized the way women are in comics. Here are ten examples. » 8/28/14 2:17pm 8/28/14 2:17pm

A New Female Superhero Movie Is Finally Happening (About Damn Time)

It's been nine years since Jennifer Garner starred in Elektra and ten years since Halle Berry starred in Catwoman, and while the comic book superheroes — from Spider-Man to Wolverine to Iron Man and Thor — are raking in cash at the box office, the ladies are relegated to supporting cast members. That's about to change. » 8/05/14 12:40pm 8/05/14 12:40pm

Why The Bechdel Test Is More Important Than You Realize

We all talk about the Bechdel Test all the time, because it's so simple: Does a story have two women who talk to each other, about something other than a man? But almost every time it comes up, we all dismiss it, because it's too simple or too arbitrary. But actually, the Bechdel Test is more important than anyone… » 6/04/14 3:30pm 6/04/14 3:30pm

65 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies to Watch out for in 2014

This will be a year of epics. Some of our most ambitious movie-makers are serving up stories of Biblical apocalypses, space voyages and the rise of artificial intelligences. Godzilla and the Planet of the Apes are both back. And the superhero genre gets pushed to its absolute limits. Here are 65 movies that could rock… » 1/06/14 4:44pm 1/06/14 4:44pm

Paul Dini: Superhero cartoon execs don't want largely female audiences

In an interview with Kevin Smith, writer and television producer Paul Dini complained about a worrying trend he sees in television animation and superhero shows in particular: executives spurning female viewers because they believe girls and women don't buy the shows' toys. » 12/15/13 6:01pm 12/15/13 6:01pm