As a young girl, I had a voracious appetite for comics. I would spend hours shuffling through the shelves at my local library, until one day I happened upon "The Killing Joke." I read it and then, eventually, reached the infamous rape scene with Barbara Gordon. I remember that, even though I was 14 and watching a woman be exposed to sexual and physical violence, I wasn't phased. I just thought, "this is normal." Looking back, I realize just how harmful this comic and sexist violence in comics as a whole was to me as I was growing up. To me, it was perfectly normal to see Barbara Gordon shot, paralyzed, and photographed naked, because what else would happen? She's a woman in comics. This comic is sexist and damaging.
I seriously don’t understand this. Batgirl is a sidekick to Batman (same as Robin). I always read the Killing Joke and Joker’s actions towards Barbara Gordon not as misogynistic, But as a sort of revenge on Batman. The Joker doesn’t shoot and strip Barbara Gordon because she’s a woman, He does it because she’s a sidekick. He wants to push Batman and Gordon over the edge.
I don’t understand how people think it’s sexist. The Joker is awful, No disputing that, But I don’t see how this is much different then what happened with Jason Todd. The Joker beat Jason to death with a crowbar! The Joker beat a child! If shooting and stripping Batgirl is sexist of the writers, Then is beating a teenager to death a sign of child-abusiveness from