Tropes vs. Women is a six-part video series by Feminist Frequency that explores the reoccurring stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows.
Women in Refrigerators is a trope identified by comic book fan (and now comic book writer) Gail Simone because she was sick of seeing ”superheroines who have been either depowered, raped, or cut up and stuck in the refrigerator.”
Special thanks to Jennifer K. Stuller author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology and Rachel O from Feminist Fatale for their respective comic and gaming expertise.
Related Links and Articles:
- Women in Refrigerators: this is the official WIR website including Simone’s original letter, full list of comic book characters as well as responses from other comic book fans.
- Women in Refrigerators at TV Tropes (they also created a page for Stuffed into the Fridge - but if you watch the video you’ll know how I feel about that)
- Women in Refrigerators at FanLore
- Dead Men Defrosting by John Bartol
- The Cold Shoulder: Saving Superheroines from Comic-book Violence by Shannon Cochran at Bitch Media
- The 10 Worst Women in Refrigerators (i.e., Cases of Violence Against Women in Comics) by Rob Bricken
- Women in Refrigerators: Alexandra DeWitt by Marron at Eat Sleep Geek
- A woman’s place is not in the refrigerator by Marie Brennan at Science Fiction & Fantasy Novelists
**Full video transcript is available at FeministFrequency.com
**This video is available to be translated into other languages by volunteers like you. Please visit the subtitling page on Universal Subtitles and click TRANSLATE to get started.