Only female!

Striking a blow for feminism back in 1970, the Black Widow reveals a universal truth. Marvel should probably have marketed this image as a T-shirt; it would’ve looked good on all women carrying a copy of Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch under their arm.

Interestingly, a similar comment was made in the 1974 Doctor Who story The Monster of Peladon. There, a young princess is heard to proclaim that she can’t manage her political responsibilities as she’s “only a girl.” Outraged, Sarah Jane Smith retorts, “There’s nothing only about being a girl!”

Hear, hear!

Art by Gene Colan and Bill Everett, from Amazing Adventures #5.

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