iwouldwalk500giles replied to your post: “God this is giving me unpleasant flashbacks to comics fandom (tw…”:i knew something fucked up happened to her before but w o w D:
It was so bad that the writer of Batgirl at the time (Cass’s series) actually refused to participate in it and quit or something. I think we all need to remember Dylan Horrocks as the only man in DC Comics who found publishing torture porn starring a seventeen year old girl and then saying she deserved it morally objectionable. Bless him for being an actual decent human being.
Also they blatantly admitted that they chose her as scapegoat to cash in on a crossover, but made her the first female Robin so her brutal death could have more impact. Yet the majority of fandom didn’t think it was fucked up that the writers threw a girl’s character under the bus and had her accidentally cause a massacre so they could be “justified” in killing her. They insisted on acting like Steph had actual autonomy, and that of course any young girl who makes a mistake bc she was blatantly emotionally manipulated by someone she saw as a father figure deserves to be brutally tortured.
of course i mean this isn’t the first time they’d done that, they actually had a poll in the 1980s about whether the Robin at the time, a 12-14 yr boy, should be brutally murdered (DO YOU WANT TO SEE THIS YOUNG CHARACTER BEATEN TO DEATH? YOU, THE VIEWER, DECIDE!!!) and he was pretty much constantly blamed for being murdered bc he was “reckless”. But because he was a dude, he DID get a memorial in the batcave right away and didn’t have to go into sexy poses while being tortured at least.
God this is giving me unpleasant flashbacks to comics fandom
remember how people in fandom said “she deserved it” about Stephanie being tortured with a power drill by a bad guy and then shot and kicked down a flight of stairs
because she made a mistake one that had major consequences but no malicious intent on her part mind you and one that could easily have been avoided had Batman NOT emotionally manipulated a teenage girl to get back at his teenage sidekick for not wanting to be a superhero anymore
remember how actually the narrative validated that several times “Steph screwed up so yeah of course she died”
man fucking comics
If someone had a fucking cupcake on their desk, and it looked really delicious, and then some other person came along and swiped that cupcake, or dipped their finger in their icing, Society would be like “that’s fucking messed up, you douchebag, why would you do that to somebody and to their fucking cupcake?”
If somebody leaves their dog in their yard, sleeping, and in the night, a stranger takes their dog away, Society would be like “post that shit all over, we have to find this dog thief.”
If somebody left their laptop in their dorm room, and their roommate spilled beer all over it and ruined it, then refused to pay, Society would be like “what an asshole, that’s really valuable, make him pay, report him, sue him.”
What I am trying to say is this:
…We never say “you shouldn’t have left a cupcake that looked like that all alone. What was it doing there, didn’t you expect it to be eaten?”
…We never say, “Well that’s part of the risk of owning a dog, you should have just not let your dog stay outside, where everybody could see and leer and look.”
…We never say “yeah, whatever, but it’s even worse to be labelled as a laptop destroyer, like that can really harm your chances in life, and also, what was your laptop doing near his beer anyways? Keep quiet, it’s better to just let your $1000 computer go than make any waves.”
Moral of the Story:
A Cupcake has more respect than a victim of street harassment.
A dog has more freedom than a victim of rape.
A laptop has more credibility and importance than a victim of domestic violence.
Tell me again about how rape culture isn’t real.