"Throughout the rest of the series, we’d have seen that whenever Lois encounters power, it has corrupted its wielder. The government, corporations, the military (poor Gen. Lane), they’re abusing their power. Until she meets the most powerful being on Earth. And he’s incorruptible. Superman’s therefore the most attractive man she’s ever met. Someone she can believe in, who fights her same fight with flights and tights."
Dean Trippe describing his pitch for “Lois Lane, Girl Reporter.”
What a missed opportunity. What a shame.
Even moreso, what a damn shame that Dean Trippe seems to understand the entire motivation for the Lois and Clark relationship more than the people who actually run DC Comics.
Because that right there? That is one of the most succinct and brilliant understandings of why Lois Lane falls in love with Superman. It’s not because she’s some “damsel in distress” and he “saves” her. (As if the way we define a woman’s role in a narrative in the year 2011 vs. the year 1938 is at all an appropriate comparison that isn’t loaded down with cultural sexism across the board.) It’s not because she’s attracted to power. It’s not because she’s some kind of golddigger overcome with lust. It’s not because she’s some “beautiful pain in the ass” either.
It’s because Lois Lane hates men who abuse their power. She has been led to believe that all powerful people will at some point abuse their power and hurt people. And then she meets Superman—the most powerful man in the world—who believes the same things that she does and will not under any circumstances be corrupted. Superman and Lois Lane’s fight is the SAME. Lois doesn’t have superpowers. She doesn’t have Superman’s physical strength. But she doesn’t have to have it to be his equal. Lois represents all of those other special gifts that many of us have inside of us. Maybe we weren’t born strong or fast or as incredible athletes. Maybe we weren’t born to privilege. But maybe we have the will inside of us to make a difference anyway in any way that we can.
And it goes both ways. Because in Lois Lane, Superman sees a HUMAN without his abilities or powers who is willing to risk her life anyway in pursuit of justice. She’s willing to run into danger willingly and without fear if it means doing the right thing. She’s incorruptible.
That is the freaking attraction. All other sexist attempts to distort that attraction are just that…sexist. Dean Trippe got it. It makes me sick how well he got it while others continue to fail to understand it.
<3 don’t worry. good ideas spread. just because they didn’t make my book, it doesn’t mean the ideas won’t make it into the stories someday. that’s why i posted the early pitch stuff online. people saw it. it’s in the consciousness now. only a matter of time. :)