A MUST WATCH TED TALK FROM G WILLOW WILSON -
Batgirl. Special. 1988.
Powerful story about battered women, rape, and what to do. Slash is a female who is killing accused rapists who have not been convicted. Part of the commentary is that people are surprised that the killer is female. This seems to single out female characters -- I can't remember seeing a male superhero portrayed in this manner of being afraid of being hurt.. Bruises seen on the wife's face -- this is the wife of the man who had tried to assassinate Batgirl and who is present for the climax of the story. Here is the stereotypical good wife role. Potential rape scene? Fairly intense. Luckily - the battered housewife realizes she needs to stick up for herself and locks out the husband to allow him to be captured.
Why can male superheroes be parents without being tied down. How about mothers?