My girlfriend-- who has this annoying habit of viewing every bit of pop culture, no matter how miniscule, through a harsh feminist lens-- is always complaining to me that there aren't enough good female superheroes. She says that besides Wonder Woman (who has problems of her own), most high-profile female superheroes fall into the category of lame (her word, not mine) "spinoffs" of male superheroes. Ex: Batgirl, Batwoman, Supergirl, Spider-girl, etc. Her perspective is that most female superheroes are there for fanservice. I try to give her counterexamples-- there are plenty of great lady mutants in the X titles, for example, including some of the most powerful supers in the Marvel universe-- but she seems unconvinced. And it's true, most of the counterexamples I can come up with are sufficiently low-profile that your average non-comic-reading citizen wouldn't have heard of them, making them less-than-useful for the purposes of our discussion (she doesn't read comics, but is decently well-versed in superhero cartoons and movies if only from her long association with my own nerdy self). What's your perspective? Is this a real problem, or just in her head? Are there enough empowering lady crimefighters in superhero comics for a discriminating young feminist to choose from? And do those that exist get enough exposure?