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Things We Saw Today: A Love Letter to the Comic Book Misandrist

SyFyWire has a great piece up today exploring the history of misandry-based characters in comic books and beyond. From Poison Ivy to Cheetah to the Enchantress, comics have always been full of villainesses who live to destroy men. What makes these characters ridiculous, of course, is that they were created by men by way of a response to what they saw as the dangerous evils of feminism.

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The article may not actually be so much an ode to these women as it is a hope that “the myth of the murderous man-hating feminist can finally retire,” but the campy transparency of the total fear of women behind the creation of these characters’ hatred of men is so over-the-top that I can’t help but be in awe.

Misandry has always been a creation of misogynists, but at least these dudes gave their straw feminists great outfits and superpowers.

(image: Marvel Comics)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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