Get Your Own Fridge – Where Are The Moms?

Where are all the moms in sci-fi and comics?

Sometimes female characters get pregnant or find parent-less kids, but there still aren’t very many moms around. Even when a woman and a child miraculously come together (seriously, did someone forget to have the talk with these writers?), they cannot suffer a woman to raise a child.

Why? I have three theories.

First is the classic Madonna/Whore Complex. I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes. The problem still remains that it is easier (though not impossible) to objectify a woman if you don’t have to think of her as someone’s mother. Since much of sci-fi and comics is aimed towards men (we’ve gone over this before), there is a tendency to use women as window dressing instead of fleshed out characters.

Second is the outdated notion of women having to choose between work and family. A woman can either be a superhero/scientist/space pirate or be a mom, because we all know it is impossible for women to raise children and work outside the home.

Third is the ever-present fridging. This is much more subtle than the classic “kill the girlfriend and shove her in the refrigerator”. They’re losing their children because it may interfere with a male character’s story arc.

(Jason’s out somewhere being pissy, no doubt.)

Batman is on his fourth son, but Catwoman had to give her daughter up for adoption (pre-reboot). Green Arrow screwed up his “ward” for years, but Black Canary decided her career was too dangerous to adopt. Amy Pond’s daughter was stolen from her hours after being born to be made into a weapon. Newt was killed between movies even through Ripley spent all of Aliens trying to save her. Mystique threw Nightcrawler in a river while being chased by a mob.

I assume most of the people reading and writing sci-fi and comics have at some point had a mother. I’m positive that there are mothers enjoying sci-fi and comics. I don’t understand why there aren’t more mothers in these types of fiction. There has to be interesting and relatable stories there to tell. Doesn’t Sue Storm deserve someone to swap child-rearing stories with?

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