Martha Thomases: Falling In Hate

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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6 Responses

  1. Steve Chaput says:

    I’ve seen a lot of this over the years at conventions, non-fan parties and other places. It troubles me as a guy, since I’m afraid that every woman I even say hello to will think I’m coming on to her.

    My step-daughter used to play poker tournaments in some casinos out here in California, both those restricted to women and mixed. She stopped doing that after getting negative reactions from male players, either trying to flirt or insulting her for thinking she could play a ‘men’s game’. The fact that she actually held her own and beat many of these males didn’t seem to improve matters.

  2. George Haberberger says:

    “Men don’t do that because they are overcome by love or lust at the sight of a woman. They do it to put us in our place, to let us know that the sidewalks belong to them, not us, and we are allowed to walk about because it amuses them to permit it.

    Jeez really? I, of course, have never experienced anything like unwanted extemporaneous attention from the opposite sex, but to assume that such is anything other than them making fools of themselves seems like someone looking for a reason to be upset.

    I have on occasion admired a sexy woman but not so overtly as to be caught doing it. First because I think she might call me out on it and embarrass me but mostly because I would be relinquishing any bit of self-respect I might still possess.

    Of course I’ve seen guys put on a show for other guys when a beautiful woman arrives but I have to wonder why they feel it necessary to show their friends that they like girls.

    • I agree with everything you said, George.

      And all the same, the reversal does happen on occasion. And still, we humans are very hormonal creatures. Which by no means excuses the more vulgar acts, but it does mean that sometimes the impact of immediate lust can stop anyone in their tracks.

  3. Martha Thomases says:

    Really? All these responses by men, two of them questioning whether women even know what they are feeling? Silly me, to worry my pretty little head about this.

    Just because you are a man and you don’t do this doesn’t mean there aren’t men who do. NAND as long as you think it isn’t a problem, you are at least partly responsible.

  4. George Haberberger says:

    ”Really? All these responses by men, two of them questioning whether women even know what they are feeling? Silly me, to worry my pretty little head about this.

    Well you said, “’You’ll miss it when they stop,’ people said to me.”
    I have to assume that at least some of those people were female or you would certainly have pointed out the presumptuousness of their opinion. So some women know what they are feeling and it is not the same thing you are feeling.

    My point was that men acting boorish and stupid is just that: men acting boorish and stupid. They are not trying to put women in their place. That may be what you infer but it is not what they are implying. I think men who act that way do so because they are hoping against hope that it just might work this time. In such a scenario, the woman really has all the power because the man has abandoned any sense of dignity.

  5. Mindy Newell says:

    Btw, Martha, I never mind getting compliments from men as I walk down the street in NYC. A smile and a “hello, beautiful” does wonders for my ego!