The super cool site Women Write About Comics is having a big Lois Lane 75th anniversary celebration, including a series of guest posts about Lois. I got to write one with my friend Lori, and it just got posted today. It’s about the Silver Age Lois Lane, and specifically about how she spends the vast majority of her own series, Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane, in tears. She cries when Superman teaches her lessons (which he does all the time, setting up elaborate ruses to do so) or when she disappoints him through her actions or, more often, her appearance. It’s a rough scene. The poor girl is distraught all the time, trapped under the yoke of patriarchal oppression.
However, we suggest that there’s a silver lining to Lois’ tears. In constantly weeping while being forced to conform to the norms of gender roles in the 1950s, the crying can be read as a subversive act. Her obvious displeasure at her lot in life showed the unpleasantness of women’s role in society at the time, and some of her young readers noticed.
You can read the full post of “Lois Lane’s Cry For Help” over at Women Write About Comics! It was a lot of fun to write. Silver Age Lois Lane is a bizarrely fascinating character.