This week I want to touch on a subject I’ve touched on recently in “What Were They Thinking”, sexism in the superhero genre. Now, I am aware that, despite it not being the 1940’s any more, comics are still aimed mainly at teenage boys, so therefore they must be filled with busty super-heroines in overly revealing costumes (even Pepper Potts’ Rescue armour accentuates her chest, but that might be Tony Stark being Tony Stark). But is it really necessary? I will concede that some of the more ridiculous heroine costumes have been changed in recent years (unless you are Star-fire in which case it’s got worse) but still. And, with the exception of Wonder Woman, there seems to still be a deficit of major league Super heroines who weren’t an add on to a major heroes mythos (Bat-Girl, Super-Girl/ Power-Girl, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel). Why is this still the case? Or is it, I’d be very interested to hear your opinions on this subject.
Plus this topic does give me an opportunity to post this illustration of sexism in the Avengers film.