This past weekend, I finally saw Captain Marvel. One word:
As many of you probably know, this was the first movie of the Marvel film franchise with a female lead. The movie itself had everything a feminist could want: a strong - physically and mentally- female lead with depth, character., and, best of all, she was held up by no man.
Of course, one or two movies among the plethora of male-dominated superhero films is not the goal. The goal is much more. Here are six diverse superheroes who need to grace our screens next.
Katana is a Japanese master swordswoman whose blade, the Soultaker, contains the soul of her dead husband. The Soultaker sword collects the spirit of every person it kills, allowing a certain amount of communication between their ghosts and the person who wields the blade. Often appearing as a member of superhero teams like the Birds of Prey or the black-ops squad Outsiders, Katana received her big-screen debut in Suicide Squad, but still: An Asian, female, superhero? If DC knows what’s good for them, they’ll think about making Katana’s fascinating backstory into a film of its own.
2. She-Hulk (Marvel)
Why isn’t there an origin story film about She-Hulk? Seriously, she’d be perfect for it. She-Hulk is a fun character with a unique role in Marvel comics: lawyer to the superhero community. She shares her cousin Bruce Banner’s Hulk powers, but unlike him, she retains her original personality after hulking out. Her power manifests as super strength, green skin, and a confident personality, and her legal career fills an interesting niche in a universe where many heroes “solve” their problems with physical fights.
3. Nubia (DC)
Everyone knows of Wonder Woman, but a little known fact is that she had a twin named Nubia. Just like Diana, Nubia was molded out of clay, created to be the heroine's black sister. However, Nubia was kidnapped and raised by Mars, who controlled her mind and trained her to be an evil warrior. She and Wonder Woman go head-to-head in one issue, only to realize they're evenly matched. DC? We have your next movie! A sequel to Wonder Woman featuring her twin? A WoC as the lead, to boot? Yes, please!
4. Batgirl/Oracle (DC)
Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, changed her callsign to Oracle after the Joker infamously broke her spine in The Killing Joke. It’s a dark and controversial moment in Batman canon, but it led to a unique recovery arc for Barbara, as she forged a new role for herself as the information center of Batman’s team. As one of the only superheroes in a wheelchair, a film on the creation of the Oracle - without some false recovery invalidating people with disabilities - is well overdue.
5. Storm Ororo Munroe
Storm, is the child of a tribal princess of Kenya and an American photojournalist, David Munroe. Storm is able to control the weather and atmosphere. She’s one of the most powerful mutants on the planet and some think she’s a goddess. She’s one of the few African American superheroes and deserves to be in her own film on the big screen - and come on, you have to admit, Storm is a great name for a film.
6. Faith (Valiant)
First appearing in Valiant’s superhero comic Harbinger in 1992, Faith returned as a solo hero in 2016. Her superpowers (flight, force fields) are pretty typical, but what she’s most known for is her relatability. In a genre that often caters to a target audience of nerd boys, Faith is very much a nerd girl and is actually into fandom. She’s also the only plus-size superhero with any real name recognition, providing much-needed representation in a genre dominated by restrictive beauty standards.
Some of these you may have heard of for the first time here, but I hope these are the first of many. So what can you do to promote these heroines having their own films? Go to social media. Tweet your favorite celebrities, producers, and writers. Who knows? Maybe somebody will see it and make one of these badass women into the next big blockbuster film.
By Morgan Gjoen.
I stood, my tummy jutting out in my Speedo two-piece, and stared at my reflection in the mirror, zeroed in on one thing: a huge pimple right between my eyebrows. Big and red and painful. I squeezed the ever-loving shit out of that thing, but to no avail: I had only angered the beast.
In one particularly inappropriate and hilarious scene, the word “clitoris” is repeatedly shouted. My friends and I are baffled. What is that? It’s still considered “cool” to know bad words, which we assume it must be. “I dare you to ask our health teacher,” my friend says.
I just asked him if he knew about the mermaids. Specifically, the mermaid in Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill’s “Mermaid in the Hospital,” a mermaid who wakes up to find her tail gone, replaced with “two long, cold thingammies.” . She doesn’t understand her new, working legs because they are not her: “But here's the thing/she still doesn't get— ... How she was connected/to those two thingammies/and how they were connected/to her.”
I heard so many things growing up, starting in pre-school. I believed “boys are faster and stronger than girls”, or “only girls can like pink and purple”, or “girls are smarter than boys”. Even though none of these are accurate statements, I remember feeling sad when I lost a race to a boy on the playground, thinking it was because I was weak because I was a girl. Then I remember hating that part about being a girl.
My friends and I were watching in awe at the promotional videos that sororities across the countries produced to lure the next class of freshman into their clan. The exhibitionism made it hard to look away, and I found myself binge-watching the gilded Panhellenic college culture of today. I had mixed feelings about whether this was something that I wanted to be a part of.
GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out. A common concept often used in computer programming. Now though, it has been coined by sociological analysts to explain a common phenomenon in business: if something starts off with bad information or intentions, it will ultimately end up going to bad places.
As someone with eighteen years of vivid wisdom, my past experiences have slowly shaped me into becoming the person I am today. This kind of experience can only be taught through time itself, and this is the constant weakness of an innocent child. In her own naive youth, I want to highlight my own experiences as a female, and give my younger cousin advice on how to navigate life when there isn’t necessarily a road map available.
Potentially, the fact that I was put off by her height could be written off as a physical preference, like preferring redheads over brunettes or any other normal attraction preferences which everyone has. But I wasn’t put off by the tall men I’d had relationships with. The more I considered my attitude towards dating men and women as a bisexual woman, the more inconsistencies I found.
I decided to watch the new show because I wanted to see how it would portray a female plus-sized character -- a type of character who is often poorly represented or not represented at all. I wanted to know if this film was going to do her justice.
It got to the point where I never thought I’d be able to have a real relationship. I was convinced that the anxiety attacks would always be debilitating, that they’d never allow me to get close to someone. I felt powerless, beholden to my body. I had resigned myself to forever experience intense and unpredictable physical pain.
There are signs against weight gain all around us- specifically on social media, pushing the narrative that you can only be happy when you have lost pounds. Looking through Instagram influencers’ pages, ads for detox supplements (which are usually unregulated and harmful) show up on numerous posts. These companies continuously sell the idea that a woman will only reach her full potential if she decides to diet. That losing weight is the first step to finding success.
When I told people (men) what happened, I got asked why I didn’t do something right then and there. It’s hard to put into words how uncomfortable and scared I felt; there was a massive power imbalance between the two of us. The resident was physically a lot bigger than I was, and he was older. I am a tiny teenage girl who technically was employed to protect him. His rent paid my checks. Moreover, there was no protocol for what to do in a situation like that, even though multiple girls had reported incidents of harassment. Was I even allowed to say anything to him?
Today, living a makeup-free year still remains a defining period in my life. However, after my makeup-free experience, watching the 2016 political climate in action, and holding my first job in a corporate setting, I came to the conclusion that beauty standards are not the only expectations for females that need to change- in beauty, politics, workplaces, and so much more. Make Muse, an online news and media site and print publication, is a continuation of Makeupless Maura and as well as a response to these experiences.