I’m not expert in comics and/or superheroes and I know there ARE female superheroes, or better, superheroines, such as Firestar, Black Widow, Aquagirl, and Batwoman. (A wiki list can be found here.) Where are the mainstream superheroines geared towards kids lately? It’s not that they never existed, but they have been written out of the newest iterations of the mainstream kid shows. My son and daughter are into the superhero scene, which has led to my 7 year old daughter being mocked for liking Spiderman. (She seemed bemused and dismissed the mocking and the mocker pretty quickly.) We went with a Marvel comic theme in my son’s room and it wasn’t difficult to find many superheroines in posters and such for his room. But when it comes to current kids TV shows, kids movies, and most kids merchandise today, the superhero seen is virtually all male. For girls, as we know the toy market is virtually all pink and princesses.
This predicament did lead to a fun activity with my kids. They made up their own superheroines, including No Weakness, Scary Girl, Tool Girl, Hide Girl, and Loud Woman.
Where have all the mainstream superheroines for kids gone and how can we bring them back?