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Girls Who Bite Back
Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks
Edited by Emily Pohl-Weary
Taking on the bombshell spies, slayers, witches and assassins who are fighting their way into movies and television shows everywhere, Girls Who Bite Back examines what these new role models for young women are really about.
With rich insight as well as wry irreverence, Girls Who Bite Back cuts through the layers of the new "female power," questioning its corporate origins and investigating issues of race and sexual orientation. From Little Orphan Annie to Kill Bill, Girls Who Bite Back shows how far we've come and how far we have to go.
Table of Contents
The Mutant Generation
Shaping Stronger and Wiser Superheroines
Holy Butt-Kicking Babe, Batman!
The Comic-Book Origins of TV's Superheroines
...And the Myth That Things Have Progressed
Collages by Sonja Ahlers
'Cuz the Black Chick Always Gets it First
Dynamics of Race in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Candra K. Gill
Short fiction by Hiromi Goto
Comic strip by Matthew Blackett & Meagan Crump
How to Be You Own Superhero
A Chronicle of Experimentation and Fascination
Her Eyes and Hair Repeat
Illustrated poem by Paola Poletto
Diary of a Broom Girl
Short fiction by Mariko Tamaki
Short fiction by Rose Bianchini
Miniature Coloured Marshmallows
Art folio by Lisa Smolkin
Ready to be Strong?
Buddy, Angelina and Me
A Manifesto for the Bitten
The Cyborg, the vampire, The Alien and Me
High Fashion and the Necromantic Arts
Short fiction by Daniel Heath Justice
Drawings by Sherwin Tjia
Faces of Gemini
Short fiction by A.M. Dellamonica
Report on Five Case Studies of Females with Enhanced Characteristics
Molecular Basis and Treatment Strategies
Madame Mouth's Little Get-Together
Female Video-Game Entities Talk Like, Love and Bloodhseed
The Danger Room Girls
Short fiction by Sherwin Tjia
Suffragettes, Vigilantes and Superheroes
One Girl's Guide to Chicks in Comics
Levitation Girl in Good Afternoon America!
Comic strip by Willow Dawson
Short fiction by Emily Pohl-Weary
Act of Grace
Short fiction by Judy MacDonald
Divine Secrets of the Yaga Sisterhood
The Journey from Supervirgin to Supermom to Supergoddess
Paintings by Sheila Butler
The Smile on the Face
Short fiction by Nalo Hopkinson
The Left Hand of God
Paintings by Shary Boyle
Short fiction by Kij Johnson
Red-Headed Orphans Rule
Why Girls of Shady Origin and Impure Breeding Kick Ass
Short fiction by Zoe Whittal
Cinematic Superbabes are Breakin' My Heart
It's Hard to Go All the Way with the NEw Breed of Lady Killers When They Just Won't Let Go of that Man
Art folio by Eliza Griffiths
Bond, Jane Bond
When I was a Girl, I was a Boy
My Quest for a Female Action Hero
Short fiction by Larissa Lai
Crisis Girl in Spring Rolls!
Comic strib by Marc Ngui and Magda Wojtyra
"I'm smitten! (And bitten!) The biting writer-girl contributors of Girls Who Bite Back fight back at the old, worn-out helpless-girl clichés of yesterday's pop culture. They know - and I know, too! -the Great Secret, learned from comics, taught us by the likes of Buffy and Xena: we are all superheroines."— Trina Robbins, author of The Great Women Cartoonists and Tender Murderers: Women Who Kill
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