Thanks to a series of strange and unfortunate events (some involving me weeping on the floor of a server room–the less said, the better), our celebration is getting off to a bit of a late start. But don’t worry, we’ve got a week of awesome Lois Lane posts queued up, and a blog carnival to share with you.
When I was putting together this week’s guest posts, I asked my aunt, a Lois & Clark superfan, if she wanted to contribute something. She sent me this email:
Thanks for asking me about Lois. I’d just like to share with you that Lois always seemed to me not dumb about recognizing Clark but subversive. After the second world war, the American-British culture slammed women back into the box–housewife and mother, not career. The removal of options was brutal in its pervasive, unexamined invasion of women’s rights. Lois could work, and incidentally have a voice as a reporter, only as long as she was single. Why would she want to give that up? So as long as she “failed”–ie refused–to recognize her “super” man, she could continue to be a real person. Lois & Clark was great to me, because it recognized the cultural change that made it possible for Lois to see and acknowledge the whole man but still have her life. The most cultural troglodyte of my acquaintance at the time of Lois & Clark only liked the first year when Lois was unable to see both Clark and Superman. Some people work hard to not grow.
There is something more to Lois Lane, than being Superman’s girlfriend, or the archetypal plucky girl reporter. There is something more to her than her 75 year publishing history, or numerous screen and animated portrayals. She’s a character of tremendous cultural and personal significance for so many women, and we’re going to explore that, and celebrate it, this week.