Quote that matters:
Kara: “I went to work for Cat Grant because I thought working in a media company run by a powerful woman who actually shapes the way people think would be the way that I could make a difference. But, instead, I just fetch layouts and coffee.”
Hank: “She’s not strong enough.”
Alex: “Why, because she’s just a girl? It’s exactly what we were counting on.”
SuperGirl, cousin of Superman, is a DC comic hero reaching back to a 1958 Superman comic. Her origins tell the tale of a young girl charged with taking care of her baby cousin. Her planet, and all its citizens, are dying. Her aunt sends her cousin, Kal-El to earth in an escape pod, and her mother sends her to earth to take care of him. Along the way, her escape pod became lost in space. He made it to earth, of course, but it took her much longer to reach the same destination. By the time she arrived, Kal-El was a grown man going by the earth name Clark Kent. He helped her find a home similar to his own. Her mission now being obsolete, she decided to grow up as any human child would. She adopted the name of her foster parents and was thus-forward known as Kara Danvers
Why I started watching:
Actually, the complete honest truth is that my husband and daughter turned on the show, and I just happened to be in the room. My husband and I have been doing our best to raise our daughter to know her worth and the worth of others around her. For this reason, we (or maybe I should say I) focus more on shows promoting empowerment and equality — especially if these empowered peoples were historically marginalized. My husband, scrolling through netflix, saw a superhero show promoting a female hero and thought this was exactly what our little girl should be watching.
Previously, I had chose not to watch because of the heroine title SuperGirl. I thought boycotting might prove something, I guess.
Why I still watch:
Within the first episode, the issue of my boycott was addressed, and completely dismissed.
“Kara Danvers: If we call her “Supergirl”, something less than what she is, doesn’t that make us guilty of, of being anti-feminist? Didn’t you say she’s the hero?
Cat Grant: *I’m* the hero. I stuck a label on the side of the girl. I branded her. She will forever be linked to CatCo, to the Tribune, to me. And what do you think is so bad about “Girl?” Huh? I’m a girl. And your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot and smart. So if you perceive “Supergirl” as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?
Proving me wrong on a title doesn’t convince me to watch three seasons, though. What convinces me to watch three seasons are powerful characters and good writing. These characters are real, believable, and relatable –should I add that the lack of these three traits are the exact reason I do not like her cousin? Sorry, Clark. The first season alone is full of a-typical problem resolution. The guy doesn’t get the girl. The girl doesn’t get the guy. Her life doesn’t become instantaneously perfect. People don’t love her all at once. She’s still the ditzy overlooked secretary. Isn’t that amazing? I don’t want to envy yet another perfect fake person, I want to believe that a nobody ditz like me can save the world and make lives better. Granted I’m minus a skin-tight suit and alien DNA, but I’ll work that out later.
Kara Zor-El Danvers is not the only reason I watch SuperGirl. In fact, she may be lower on my list of reasons to watch this show. I think my favorite character is Kara’s boss: the Queen of Media Cat Grant. She’s inspiring in this, well, “catty” way. She notices life as it passes by. She is the kind of woman who promotes her female staff first (when deserving), to build an empire for women. She is unafraid to tear the world apart, or hold it upon her own shoulders.
Lets not forget Kara’s sister, Alex. She is a force all her own — kicking ass and taking names with some serious medical degrees behind her. She knows what shes doing, and she hasn’t a problem with letting you know that. She stands up with her sister, and hides in the lime light to do what is right.
Finally, lets not forget the men of this show. Perhaps the best way to discover a feminist show is to listen to the men. It’s not in what they say to inspire the female lead. Its not what they do to prove they love her, or win her heart. Its what they dont say, its how they let her get hurt… then get back up on her own. Its how they dont scream “friend zoned” when the chick isn’t in to them as much as they were in to her. Its not having a tirade over the boss being female. Its the silent support.