Martha Thomases: The Nerdification of America

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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2 Responses

  1. Rene Narciso says:

    My conclusion is that some men just don’t like women. And that has nothing to do with sexual attraction, since most of those men are straight. They may desire women, but they just plain don’t like them.

    Maybe they’re just frustrated and lonely men, like the nerd stereotype. Maybe they can’t empathize with women, because they see the female as “weak”, “emotional”, and all the other things they can’t allow themselves to be. To them, women are what Jung called a psychic “shadow”. Or maybe they can’t deal with sex in a mature way, having sexual desire is linked to destructive, dirty impulses to them.

    Who can say? Maybe it’s all this and more.

    And nerds and geeks are like Catholic priests, good old boys, construction workers, and soldiers. Groups where males are a majority. I don’t know if those groups attract guys that don’t deal well with females, or it’s the other way around, being a part of such male-oriented groups makes one less empathetic to women?

  2. Rene Narciso says:

    Well, but how that culture came to be? Either a lot of male assholes create, support and perpetuate a patriarchal culture, or a patriarchal culture creates a lot of male assholes; or possibly it works both ways?

    I suppose I favor the former, since I’m more into individual free will than some sort of determinism.