The Feminist Argument against Avengers Age of Ultron

The Feminist Argument against Avengers Age of Ultron

Joss Whedon has left twitter.  Some say this was to a barrage of angry tweets accusing him of being a misogynist.  What in the film of Avengers Age of Ultron sparked this outrage?

First, before I dive into this argument against the Avengers I want you to know that I am not a Feminist.  As popular as it has become for men to gain new age currency by proclaiming themselves to be feminist, I won't do it here.  Do I hate women? No.  I just don't know how you can proclaim yourself to be pro X without being anti Y and in that I have an issue.  Instead, I will say that I am proudly and entirely a Humanist.  I love women, and I love men and all those who are neither.

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The Argument against the Avengers from a feminist perspective has two primary arguments:

A) There are not enough lead female Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe.
B) Black Widow refers to herself as a monster for being turned into an assassin and sterilized.

A) I think there is a legitimate concern at the general lack of screentime of female characters and especially female heroes.  This is a big issue but is also more rooted in comic history.  I don't blame Joss Whedon for this.  Also, Whedon did introduce a very powerful female character in the film the Scarlet Witch.  This does not alleviate this issue but is a step in the right direction.

B) The Monster/Sterilization issue I think comes from a misunderstanding.  Many believed that Black Widow calling herself a monster was due to her sterilization.  I took this entirely differently.  I took it that due to her training, biological adjustments and mostly due to her killing innocent people she saw herself as a monster like the Hulk.  This same theme was part of her conversation with Hawkeye in the first Avengers.  I really don't believe that Joss or Marvel believe that infertile people are monsters.  In that sense I think this argument was much to do about nothing.  I will pay more attention to this scene though to see exactly what is said.   Things like this are sometimes hard because with my comic history it makes perfect sense for the Black Widow to see herself as a monster.  In comics she is often portrayed as a hero seeking redemption for her checkered past.  In many ways morally speaking I see Black Widow as far more of a monster than I do the Hulk.  The argument has nothing to do with her fertility or gender and entirely but about her actions.  It could be my that my comic understanding of the character leaked into my perspective of how I saw the scene.

What was your take on the scene?

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