Either original stuff or fan fiction or anything really.
—Lainey’s Man of Steel Review
Yup. This is something so many of us have been saying for years about Lois.
Yes, it really does matter to have a woman be serious about her job and be good at her job and have that devotion to her job be potrayed as a heroic, admirable trait in a woman.
Then, as icing on the cake, when she’s established as being romantically desirable not in spite of being good at her job but, in part, because she IS good at her job you present an acute challenge to this ridiculous idea that still lingers in our culture that determined, ambitious American career women are cold, sexless and not romantically viable. When you show Superman (of ALL men) as being the kind of man that falls in love with a woman who is really, really damn good at her JOB….yes, that does send a message and it’s not actually one you see alot.
This is why people harp on why it’s important to have some heroines in superhero movies that aren’t just beating the shit out of people. We need that too. We need more female superheroines in films. No doubt about that. And we need them NOT to be sexualized or male gaze. That’s a different conversation. But we also need female figures who aren’t physically beating someone’s ass but just really, really good at their jobs and yet still allowed to be feminine. We need women who wear a business suit as their “costume.” Yes, it is powerful to present a male figure—the ultimately male figure— like Superman and then go on to tell a story where this man—of all men—-basically operates like, “You know what I really find attractive? A woman who is really serious about her job. God, that turns me on.”
Throw in the fact on top of this that Lois is almost always OLDER and more experienced than Clark and the fact that she’s older not only isn’t a joke nor even a plot point nor even something that crosses Clark Kent’s mind in an era where we turn older women into jokes and erase them after the age of 35…and well…you get the picture.
Yeah, it’s really, really important that Lois Lane is serious about her job and good at her job.(via therearecertainshadesoflimelight)