Today, boys and girls, we're going to talk about a very important topic: Feminism. Also known as, "You Keep Saying That Word; I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means."
This is going to sound snarky. But that's only because I'm so tired of seeing strong women being portrayed as men with boobs. Assigning a bunch of masculine characteristics to a woman does not make her strong--it makes her a negative stereotype.
We'll be getting to that shortly.
The Ninjettes with its rockabilly name and cutesy-kanji font made me think this was going to be a female-friendly butt-kicking extravaganza. I was expecting it to be a little cliche, but I was hoping the peek-a-boo bra and headless civilian corpses were just cheesecake coverart to lure in the male crowd.
Alas, I was wrong.
The female characters in this book are repulsive, disgusting excuses for human beings, let alone members of the female sex. Examples? The main character kills a little boy for crying after his uncle tries to molest him and she kills said uncle before his eyes, because the sound of his frightened wails are annoying her. A man kindly suggests to her that she wear a helmet while writing her motor cycle. She breaks all his bones and shoves him into a trashcan. A waiter tells her she can't smoke in a restaurant, and she puts her cigarette out in his eye.
What the fuck?
It's not just that these characters are female that bothers me, because I'd be equally disturbed and disgusted if a man were doing this, but also the fact that there are people out there who think that this constitutes a "strong female protagonist." It's like Kushiel, from Kushiel's Dart. She falls into the sex role she's ascribed and becomes good at manipulating people, taking advantage of them through sex.
That's not empowerment.
And neither is hacking up people for the fun of it, and acting like an oversexed bitch in heat.
I found the sheer amount of stereotypes, graphic violence, and crudities in this graphic novel extremely offensive, and will not be reading anything by this author ever again.