Kids want to see heroic female protagonists
Yesterday, I posted about A Mighty Girl’s news that kids’ underwear with female superheroes on it sold out. I also posted about a dad shopping with his 5-year-old daughter who complained about the lack of cool female characters on clothing.
He bought his daughter boys’ underwear. A commenter expressed the same frustration: her daughter is fan of Spider-Man and she started a petition to get girls’ underwear designs integrated with boys’ underwear.
I signed this, and I hope you do too, but I want to recognize the deeper issue here and make sure this info isn’t misconstrued: See, girls like boy characters, so let’s just keep making them and let girls go missing.
All kids want cool characters. They want to see exciting narratives where heroes take risks, make choices, and act.
Why is there no Spider-Girl movie and five movies about Spider-Man? Where is Spider-Woman? Why are there seven Batman movies while Batgirl, like Supergirl, is practically invisible?
And why, for God’s sake, are we still waiting for a major release of a Wonder Woman movie in theaters? Not to mention multiple sequels?
I read this on Pigtail Pals Facebook page, Melissa Wardy’s talk with her daughter, the Original Pigtail Pal:
“Mom? Every time I watch that Spider Man movie I can see there are no girls in it. I get really mad! I just don’t get why there can’t be more girls in it.” —7-year-old Original Pigtail Pal Amelia, girl, and Spider-Man fan
“I think it is really important that you noticed that. There should be and easily could be more girls in it. How could we change that?” —Me
“Oh. Oh ho ho. We’ll just show them what girl super heroes look like.” —OPP
“Maybe that could help them have more balance with girls.” —Me
“Yeah, they need more bad-ass girls.” —OPP
“Uh no, I said ‘balance’.” —Me
“I know. I said ‘bad-ass’.”—OPP
Hollywood and Target, are you listening?