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Sunday, February 20, 2022 

Canadian historian's next book is about "toxic masculinity" in superhero fare

Tim Hanley, the dreadful pseudo-historian who's written about comics from a far-left perspective before, has a new book coming out this summer, and based on his ideological perspectives, it's cause for concern: It may be one thing to talk about sexism, which obviously existed in some form or other decades before, but "toxic masculinity"? I'm sorry, but based on Mr. Hanley's politics, that's why this is bound to be truly insufferable. From the book description on B&N, it says:
An eye-opening exploration of the toxic masculinity and sexism that pervades the superhero genre. Superheroes have been exciting and inspirational cultural icons for decades, dating back to the debut of Superman in the 1930s. The earliest tales have been held up as cornerstones of the genre, looked upon with nostalgic reverence. However, enshrining these tales also enshrines many outdated values that have allowed sexist gender dynamics to thrive. In Not All Supermen: Sexism, Toxic Masculinity, and the Complex History of Superheroes, Tim Hanley examines how anger, aggression, and violence became the norm in superhero comics, paired with a disdain for women that the industry has yet to fully move beyond. The sporadic addition of new female heroes over the years proved largely ineffective, the characters often underused and objectified. Hanley also reveals how the genre’s sexism has had real-world implications, with many creators being outed as sexual harassers and bigots, while intolerant fan movements are awash with misogynistic hate speech. Superheroes can be a force for good, representing truth, justice, and courage, but the industry is laden with excessive baggage. The future of the genre depends on what elements of its past are celebrated and what is left behind. Not All Supermen unravels this complex history and shows how superheroes can become more relevant and inspiring for everyone.
My my, from the above, you'd get the idea it was all far more about racist indoctrination than about any kind of decent justice. I won't be shocked if Hanley's got some very unpleasant comments in store for Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and while nobody in comicdom's a saint, this sounds like a book that'll blanket smear an entire community, sight unseen. Regarding the part about violence and aggression, that eerily evokes Fredric Wertham's slapdash complaints about Superman, in example. Why, it could also be Hanley's chosen to do a hit piece on Jack Kirby, whom I vaguely recall had said borrowed ideas from relatives' personas for how to characterize the cast of characters in Captain America. Exactly why there's cause for suspicion Hanley's another modern fraud setting out to bury comicdom more than praise it. What kind of true "fandom" is that?

An editorial review says:
Tim Hanley explores the origins and persistence of sexism, racism, and homophobia in the superhero genre through the lens of comics history. This wide-ranging examination of the roots of toxic masculinity in superhero comics spans decades to identify key moments for comics titles, characters, creators, corporate owners, and fan communities. Tim Hanley asks two important questions: what factors drive this continued devotion to an outdated paradigm of straight white male supremacy, and what might move the genre toward diversity and inclusivity?
And again, we discover cliches upon cliches that the MSM's been parroting before over the past decade. That Hanley and company would choose to declare past management little more than "white supremacy" is reprehensible, because by that definition, Stan Lee was a white supremacist too. What a disgrace.

So if there's an upcoming book to worry about, for valid reasons, it'd surely have to be the above, written as it is by one of the worst leftist propagandists of modern times, who's given pretty telling signs he's not a real comics fan, despite any claims or suggestions to the contrary.

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