You know what I hate? When people try to defend the Batgirl of Burnside by saying "She's supposed to be 21, she's finally acting her age!" or "Steph Batgirl was just copying off old Babs stories, so this direction is a natural return to form for Babs!" Barbara Gordon was created as an adult with a PhD. She used to be a Congresswoman. She's always been portrayed exceptionally mature before. "Acting her age" is out of character for her, period.
(Batgirl: Year One)
It’s grossly incorrect to assume that that’s how 21 year old college students act at all. It’s a stereotype. Losing Babs as a responsible, intellectual young adult is more of a tragedy than I think people realize. Writing Babs as a cliche college student is like writing Hermione Granger getting drunk, groping someone, nearly having a one night stand, making reckless choices –
This is getting too hard to picture. It removes representation from young females who identify with being more mature and ambitiously book smart in favor of a bubbly stereotype that females already see constantly in movies and other media.
If this was a brand new title sporting a new character, that would be different. But you can’t just radically tweak the personality of a historical character like Barbara Gordon who’s appeared in multiple TV shows and not expect people to get mad and complain.