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Political Correctness & Comics

13 Sep

The newest significant announcement in the comic biz which I’ve just become aware of, Thor is going to be a woman. This is supposed to start in October.

Thors Fight With the Giants - courtesy Google Art ProjectMarvel Comics announced the hammer-wielding superhero will be represented by a female, though the precise circumstances of the changeover are unknown. Presumably, all the details will be spilled in October, when the new storyline begins.
This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR,writer Jason Aaron said in a press release that was widely retweeted.

All of this was announced back in August, so you’re not getting the latest information here. My reaction to this follows several lines of thought. I have to say I’m glad this social correctness wasn’t part of the community of graphic novels let alone a concern that children might be required to learn when I was a youth. It appears this isn’t the situation now.

I’m all for seeing strong women roles in movies, TV and even comics, but is it necessary to change long-established icons of Norse mythology and comic fiction to satisfy gender equality? Why change Thor, certainly a hero of epic proportions to a woman? Why not create a new character?

Thor back in the dayIf they want something a bit more representative, certainly there’s justification in an entirely new super-hero. While they’re at it, couldn’t the artists truly draw a woman with a strong body type without lipstick & having breasts the size of large balloons or water melons?

I’m glad I grew up in a period where children could live without being exposed to all the current social tension and drama.

Meanwhile, I’m still waiting a good rendition of Wonder Woman or Super Woman on-screen.

Note: In Norse mythology, Thor (from Old Norse Þórr) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of humanity, also hallowing, healing and fertility. The deity in Germanic mythology and paganism was known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar (runic þonar ᚦᛟᚾᚨᚱ), stemming from a Common Germanic *Þunraz (meaning “thunder”).

Mjollnir (Thor's Hammer)Ultimately stemming from Proto-Indo-European religion, Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic people, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to the tribal expansions, to his popularity during the Viking Age, when Christian expansion in Scandinavia, emblems of his hammer, Mjölnir, were worn in defiance and Norse pagan personal names containing the name of the god bear witness to his popularity. Thor continued to be acknowledged in folklore throughout Germanic regions. Thor is frequently referred to in place names, the day of the week Thursday (“Thor’s day”; Old English Thunresdaeg, Thunor’s day); which bears his name from the pagan period continues to be used today.  (Source: Wikipedia)

The new Thor - Marvel Comics All RIghts Reserved

What do you think about this change? I invite your comments.

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