Millennials Fight for Superwomen

Though the gender gap is ever narrowing, certain industries have yet to represent women in a significant way, and the comics industry is a repeat gender offender. We see scores of films and print publications distributed that put male writers and superheroes in the thick of the action, but fail to explain where the female heroes are. To Millennial women, who are happy to declare themselves fangirls, the absence is noticeable and often infuriating. At New York’s Comic Con this year, the co-founder of Alpha Girl Comics lamented that “Wall Street does a better job” towards closing the gender gap than her own industry. Those on the “Women in Comics” panel noted that almost half of the convention’s attendants were women, yet only 6% of the special guests were females. Adding insult to injury, 20% of digital comic readership is fueled by women, illustrating a great disparity between the ripe female comics market and the current strides towards representing them. Millennials are demanding that female superheroes be put in the spotlight, and taking it upon themselves to make it happen.

The lack of women in comics is not for lack of talent, but disregard for (or utter ambivalence to) the prospect of female superheroes within the industry, with industry execs claiming “We don’t know how to sell it.” With power players refusing to put superwomen on the screen, younger illustrators are the ones taking risks in order to bring something different to comic strips. The newest character introduced to Marvel’s lineup is Kamala Khan, a Muslim teen superheroine that breaks the traditional comic mold, introducing religious affiliation and racial diversity to the standard white-male superhero spectrum. Kamala deals with all of the tropes of being a teenage girl living in a conservative household,…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “In the future, I'd like to pay off my student loans and not starve or get evicted. A stable job would be nice.” –Male, 26, PA

With any large-scale marketing campaign, especially those that encourage consumer participation, brands must prepare for their message to be hijacked. Coke’s #ShareaCoke promotion has gotten the royal hack treatment from Millennials online who are making fun of the names found listed on the bottles (or those that are left out) and filling in their own to create new comic pairings that relate to other memes. (Adweek)

Not all viral sensations make sense at first. Take relatively unknown British teen Tish and the Vine she posted recently. In it, Tish sits in her mom’s car pretending to drive, says “broom broom,” and cuts to her mom’s high pitched voice saying, “Get out me car!” Sounds simple and not all that overwhelming, but since it was posted, the Vine has gone viral, been remixed by fans, and has earned its own #TeamTish hashtag. Tish’s viral potential could be due her monotone voice, silly catch phrase, or quirky mom, but either way, her videos have given teens online someone to root for. (BuzzFeed)

Live-stream gaming service Twitch has grown from 3.2 million users to 50 million users in three years time and its earnings potential has caught the eye of Google, who plans to purchase Twitch and integrate it into YouTube. Watching how others play and strategize “is like catnip” for serious gamers and Twitch makes it easy for gamers to live-stream what they’re playing for audiences to watch, regardless of what console they’re using. (MediaPost)

You may not be the biggest fan of “listicle” editorials pieces, but BuzzFeed, whose traffic is 50% on mobile and 75% referred from social media, makes a strong case for why lists and other themes are important in brand writing for Millennials. Branded quizzes on BuzzFeed have a 96% completion rate, and both lists and quizzes signal to busy readers that there is “finiteness to what they’re getting.” They are also discovering something new about themselves through quizzes, feeding into their Numbers Game desire to use data for self-discovery. (The Drum)

100 fans will earn a seat at The Giver premier in close proximity to the movie’s biggest stars, but this competition isn’t about luck. The Giver Movie Premiere for Good contest is using online activism as its backbone, asking fans to launch fundraising campaigns on Crowdrise and raise money in order to secure their spot. So far around $6,000 has been raised from the more than 400 campaigns with the money going to charities benefitting the arts. (Mashable)

Quote of the Day: “My dream for the future is complete financial independence from parents and any others, and a very satisfying career that I enjoy (a high salary would be a plus, but not essential).” –Male, 25, PA

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