Big To Do
About Us

“Saving Love Lives The World Over!” e-mail e-mail to a friend in need

December 2, 2009

Comics, world: Still chilly to women

Filed under: issues,pop culture,Superheroes — posted by Mia @ 3:48 pm

Is it cold in here, or is it just misogyny? “It’s not healthy to be a female character in comics,” notes writer and comic book fangirl Gail Simone, compiler of a grim list called Women In Refrigerators. Refrigerators? Refrigerators. And we’re not (necessarily) talking about women who are experts in cryogenic engineering.

The story: One day a while back, Simone began to realize that most of her favorite female superheroes wound up de-powered, raped, or cut up and stuffed in a refrigerator. Granted, they’re superheros, so they’re in the line of fire, but still. The particular punishments and demises, she observed, appeared to be particularly cruel and disproportionate. So Simone started to make a list of all the female superheroes she knew and what had become of them. Circulated through e-mail and bulletin board systems, the WiR list grew to reflect the contributions and reactions of fans along with responses from some professional creators about their chosen plot devices.

The list doesn’t attempt to catalog the vast list of wives and girlfriends who suffer at the hands of Women in Refrigerator syndrome, described as, “WiR referring to a female character’s death having no real lasting impact or importance to the writer after the initial incident.”

As a comic fan and superhero sidekick, I find this pile of evidence depressing. Are breakups really too rough for superheroes to handle? Why is it easier to devise these ghastly ways to make women go away?

The list, and the term, have been in existence for some time (full history here). What really makes me mad is (a) that it’s still relevant, especially considering that (b) the “meme” is hardly confined to the world of comic books and fantasy. Between women’s health care needs being discredited and devalued in the national health care debate (e.g., domestic violence as a preexisting condition), and with pop culture at large suffering from Women in Refrigerator Syndrome (last week Good Morning America cancelled the appearance of Adam Lambert because of his bawdy behavior at the American Music Awards, instead welcoming convicted felony girlfriend abuser Chris Brown.

Talk about still needing to get women out of the kitchen. I will not be taking off my ass-kicking boots or supersidekick spandex any time soon.


  1. Good day! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog.
    Is it difficult to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do
    you have any ideas or suggestions? Thanks

    Comment by http://g1.globo.com/busca/?q=Luiz+Gasto+Bittencourt+da+Silva — August 26, 2017 @ 4:50 pm

  2. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a
    developer to create your theme? Outstanding work!

    Comment by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TznzgZk6qT0 — August 26, 2017 @ 6:48 pm

  3. It’s going to be end of mine day, however before ending I am
    reading this enormous paragraph to increase my experience.

    Comment by tips cepat hamil setelah berhubungan — August 30, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

  4. cilais

    Comment by Alfredzelry — September 1, 2017 @ 6:12 pm

  5. Buy Cialis Online

    Comment by KennethMaT — September 2, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

  6. wh0cd721337 continue reading levaquin where to buy prednisone online without a script

    Comment by Michaelclome — September 2, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

  7. wh0cd794808 buy nexium online cheap lasix water pill 20 mg buy no prescription permethrin topical cream over counter

    Comment by Michaelclome — September 2, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

  8. I’m not sure why but this blog is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my
    end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

    Comment by real estate players — September 4, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

  9. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was
    curious what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a
    blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by professional garage door — September 4, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

  10. wh0cd3366431 [url=http://atenolol.systems/]atenolol[/url]

    Comment by Michaelclome — September 7, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

  11. Hi, this weekend is pleasant for me, as this moment i am reading
    this fantastic informative article here at my house.

    Comment by agapedentistry.com — September 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

  12. Rangers have adopted the transfer policy of signing young out-of-contract English players over the past two years.

    Comment by adidas predator — September 8, 2017 @ 11:57 pm

  13. lisinopril viagra


    buy viagra

    brand viagra tablets us online

    Comment by YlosChums — September 16, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

  14. sales online viagra


    viagra coupons

    preis viagra 25

    Comment by YlosChums — September 17, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

  15. This is very interesting, You’re an overly professional blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look ahead to looking for more of your wonderful post.
    Additionally, I have shared your web site in my social networks

    Comment by planning travel — September 17, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

  16. canadian viagra for sale

    [url=http://viagragche.com/]buy viagra[/url]

    buy viagra

    viagra auf rechnung online

    Comment by YlosChums — September 17, 2017 @ 11:32 pm

  17. cheaper viagra


    viagra coupons

    cheap viagra tablets weblink

    Comment by YlosChums — September 18, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

  18. viagra plus cheap


    viagra online

    viagra professional

    Comment by YlosChums — September 18, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

  19. Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just
    sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new
    to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for
    first-time blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    Comment by holiday travel today — September 20, 2017 @ 8:36 am

  20. Asking questions are truly good thing if you are not understanding something completely, however this post offers
    good understanding yet.

    Comment by web dating guidelines — September 20, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

  21. only today price cialis


    cialis online

    cialis oral gel

    Comment by JkosChums — September 20, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

  22. americans hooked on viagra

    [url=http://viagralpo.com/]buy viagra online[/url]

    buy viagra online

    only now viagra in china

    Comment by FedyaChums — September 21, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

  23. Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, very good blog!

    Comment by Lelio Vieira Carneiro Junior — September 22, 2017 @ 2:42 am

  24. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice,
    keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come
    back down the road. Many thanks

    Comment by Latosha — September 25, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

  25. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on ig. Regards

    Comment by http://vrnews.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=118386&do=profile&from=space — September 25, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

  26. If some one desires expert view regarding blogging and site-building then i propose him/her
    to go to see this web site, Keep up the fastidious work.

    Comment by heart disease multiply — September 25, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

  27. cialis online boots

    [url=http://cialisjhgeneric.com/]generic cialis online[/url]

    generic cialis online

    i recommend cialis canadian

    Comment by AustriChums — September 27, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

  28. I read this post fully on the topic of the comparison of newest and preceding technologies,
    it’s awesome article.

    Comment by http://wjyuan.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=317031&do=profile&from=space — September 27, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

  29. Sildenafil 100mg For Sale [url=http://cheapestcial.com]cialis buy online[/url] Order Tamoxifen No Prescription generic isotretinoin skin health low price Propecia Aromatase

    Comment by Ronbync — October 3, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

  30. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.

    I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read
    more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

    Comment by bigger butt workouts — October 6, 2017 @ 12:05 am

  31. free cialis online

    [url=http://buycheapkcialis.com/]cialis cheap[/url]

    generic cialis

    ordina cialis

    Comment by GerhaChums — October 7, 2017 @ 4:43 pm

  32. cialis lilly preis

    [url=http://cialiskkcanada.com/]generic cialis[/url]

    cialis canada

    only here cheap cialis canada

    Comment by VolodChums — October 16, 2017 @ 3:39 am

  33. These are actually great ideas in about blogging. You have touched some pleasant points here.
    Any way keep up wrinting.

    Comment by Itamar Serpa Fernandes — October 19, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

**Mean or otherwise out-of-line comments will be deleted. That’s just how we roll.


blog | advice | comics | animation | goodies | to do | archive | about us

Breakup Girl created by Lynn Harris & Chris Kalb
© 2008 Just Friends Productions, Inc.
| privacy policy
Cool Aid!

Important Breakup Girl Maxim:
Breakup Girl Sez


Powered by WordPress