SInce comic books began they have always held a stronger appeal to the male demographic. I believe that early on in the comic book world we could blame this on the small amount of female protagonists as well as antagonists. Now this is not the case, however, their are tons of female leads in the world of comics, but I can not even name another girl I know in real life other than myself who has had read a whole comic book series. I would hardly call comic books manly, but even now with the strong leading females why do girls not feel drawn to these characters? Most likely because in this male dominated industry most of the girls designs and personalities are shaped by men, this in itself is not bad, only that men make the kind of girls men want to see. Catwoman wears more clothes than any almost any other comic book girl I can think of, but her sex appeal still goes beyond the normal levels of any Angelina Jolie movie. Most of the female characters supped up to the point where no girl alive without thorough amounts of plastic surgery could ever match up to it. The other main reason is the stereotypes of the girl characters. Print off any generic list of character archetypes and you can put almost any comic book girl can match up to one of them. The strong independent woman character of Wonder Woman has been over done to a point beyond return. Modern girls do not wish to see girls in a position of power, but being heart broke and pregnant by their ex’s (secret life of the American teenager anyone?). While this does exist within the comic book world (just look at the story of Selina Kyle) it is not the main focus of the story only a tiny piece of the bigger picture. The front that comics put on to the rest of the world is a bunch of brainless super heroes beating the turd out of some super villain who wants to rule the world, and girls with big boobs being rescued by men in tights. This as I said is only the FRONT in truth comics have to much complexity, and are not shallow at all the average teenage girl wants shallow drama that they can understand (and depressingly enough) relate to. The modern girl no longer wishes for empowerment, but simplicity. I am not a feminist nor do I ever plan to be one the thought though of the mindless teenage drama shows on the CW and now (the oh so ironic channel name of…) ABC (here it comes) FAMILY!
In truth the reason comics don’t appeal to the modern girl is not even the overly sexy leads, or their overdone personalities, but the fact that the storylines are to complex for any of them to put forth the effort to even want to follow the storyline. In the few times I have tried to explain these stories to my hipster friends in denial I can not even recall how many times I have to repeat things for them, or explain things after they read for them what really happened. I guess this has gotten a little off topic, but for now I hope my point has been made…If anyone would like to add their input as to why they believe why Wonder Woman or any girl comic book character in general do not appeal to Women let me know. I will probably read over this for grammar later for now I am tired.