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25 June 2007 @ 07:41 pm

 Well, isn't that just like a woman.

Earth goddess, X-men Leader, Morlock champion, rebel punk, and master thief......but we all know what really matters.

Fantastic Four  #547
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Paul Pelletier


"You can tell Michael Collins that my hair is completely natural."
"This is NOT  a weave!"

Please , let that character be a skrull. I call on the goddess of comics and the saint of fangirls- let that character be a skrull...
digital_femme on June 27th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Storm was revered as a goddess, is a heavy-hitter power-wise, is the DAUGHTER of royalty, and is, currently, queen of Wakanda.

She is also a friend, a wife, daughter of an American citizen and a black woman...and I think it's great when these aspects of who Storm is are shown to readers as well. She is experiencing a very intimate and frustrating moment (one that many black women experience often) with family and friends. Why would the queen or goddess dominate at a moment like that?

I understand that many fans have issues with sexism regarding Storm, and there have been scenes in BP that I haven't been happy with. However, it often seems as if whenever Storm is behaving in a warm or human manner or is involved with any aspect of African-American culture fans flip out. And I can't help but wonder if in the same way that many male fans are irritated at having to give up "their" female characters and see them "handed over" to female fans when artists and writers finally portray these characters in decent costumes and have them act like capable human beings...that non-black fans are equally as irritated by seeing black characters like Storm who they consider to be "their" heroes being "handed over" to black fans when artists or writers portray these characters as experiencing moments that are common to black people or participating in African-American culture. It becomes "too black" for them.

Is Storm going to start telling Ben not to "get up in her grille" next?

I certainly don't want Storm saying outdated corny phrases that no one uses anymore either. And she doesn't seem like the type to use slang. However, Storm being openly frustrated due to rude comments about her hair isn't the same thing as adding a "layer of jive" to black characters or a "layer of moron" to female characters. It's showing a very real common problem that many black women face that gets under our skin. When I read that scene, I immediately recognized that Storm wasn't being vain or flighty at all, she was a woman who had likely been accused thousands of times of being false or deceitful by wearing a weave and had finally snapped. And I realized that because of my own experiences. And I was grateful to see my own experiences reflected in a comic. To have a scene in a mainstream comic that actually acknowledges the unique experiences of a character who isn't a white guy? That's a step forward.

But it also brings up a good question. Should writers give up on showing the cultural experiences of characters who aren't white American males because those instances might be regarded badly by people who aren't familiar with the culture in question? I say no, but others might disagree.
Warning: Proximity to me causes adventures.karnythia on June 27th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously I had a cashier in Walmart grab at my hair and ask me if it was real or a weave. It happens all the time, and I think the realistic human touches are necessary. POC fans like to see some of their cultural reality in characters that look like them. Marvel shouldn't only cater to one section of the fanbase.
300 ft nautical brothelspiffystuff on July 5th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, reading the comments I think it's actually pretty cool, putting something in for storm that (from the comments it looks like) a lot of POC relate to, and that non-POC don't really experience (I certainly haven't, although I have tried a weave or two! Looked kinda hideous on my thin anglo hair though XD ).

That being said, it'd be nice if there were more POCs in the comics so that storm wouldn't need to be the vehicle for this particular bit. I'm not sure if it's OC, but I think it's a little strange that someone would think white hair was a weave (I have never seen that color done, or even offered!), especially when they run around women with hair that long ALL THE TIME (it certainly seems more superhero females have hair down to their butts than don't)!
delux_vivens on June 27th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Should writers give up on showing the cultural experiences of characters who aren't white American males because those instances might be regarded badly by people who aren't familiar with the culture in question?

No, but this whole post provides an excellent example of what's tedious about it...
The Event Horizon of Awful Thingsthetathx1138 on June 28th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
I don't think Storm should be humorless, or that the scene should be cut, especially now that I have an understanding of why it's there.

But I still feel it could be written better. My problem is, ultimately, that she comes off as vain, and that was my main point with all the above.

Although Ben comes off like a dolt too, I suppose. Asking a woman who regularly summons hurricane-force winds, lightning, lashing rain, etc. if she has a delicate and elaborate hair process is a pretty goofy question.
(Anonymous) on June 30th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Regarding Storm being "Too Black"
In answer to your last paragraph, writers of Black characters should be allowed to be true to their creative vision in terms of cultural accuracy. This will help the comic industry overcome two prevailing stereotypes that turns off potential readers:

1. White comic fans are completely and utterly incapable of accepting well-rounded characters who aren't White.

2. Comics are irrelevant and even hostile to mainstream Black readers and their experiences.

So, McDuffie and Marvel made the right call by keeping the scene in FF #547. That took a lot of guts.

Besides, the scene IS funny.

salymander on June 30th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
Poor Storm and actually, poor you. I can't imagine having people harass me about my hair all the time. I think it's really fucked up.
delux_vivens on July 1st, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
its a trade off. most black women i know cant imagine what it's like to deal with wrinkles, which most of us will never get.
salymander on July 1st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: *shrug*
LOL! It's so true, my god, I'm 22 and I can see where the fine lines of crows feet are forming already ;)