Let me start this off my saying that I have been a fan of Harley Quinn since the day I saw her on Batman: The Animated Series. Her lovable personality and goofy sense of humor enchanted me from an early age and I have loved her character ever since. Even though she is portrayed as a deranged woman who fell in love with a psychopath clown, she’s strangely relatable.
Many people have uttered the words, “Harley doesn’t set a good example for women”.
You know what, I don’t disagree in the slightest. I am well aware that Harley isn’t the perfect example of a stable woman, functioning well in society and within relationships. She is far from it.
She is insane.
Anyone who is a fan of Harley will know that her relationship with the Joker is far from perfect. The more emotionally and physically abusive he is to her, the more she craves his approval and love. I honestly think those who romanticize their relationship are missing the point entirely.
She represents something seriously dark and twisted. She represents a lot of fucked up things like domestic violence, toxic relationships and mental illness. Make no mistake, Harley Quinn is one of the most popular female characters in the DC universe, hell, she’s probably is the most popular.
The reason why so many people love Harley is because she’s relatable. She speaks to the deepest, darkest parts of a lot of people’s minds and she provides the comic relief that people dealing with these kinds of issues need. One of her costumes (which I love!) in the new Suicide Squad film, is in direct relation to all of this. Her outfit shows her obsession with the man she loves. Her choker says ‘Puddin’, which as a lot of fans will know is her pet name for The Joker & her t-shirt say’s ‘Daddy’s Lil Monster’ represents her obsessive and submissive behaviour towards The Joker.
Harley Quinn never tries to be a hero to women, she simply represents a lot of our fears and secrets. She is an extremely animated metaphor for a lot of physical and emotional struggles people live through on a daily basis. Art is created to evoke feelings, these feelings can either be negative or positive and all art is subjective.
In a lot of way’s she is art imitating life and that terrifies people.