On the subject of long-legged female superheroes with perfectly shaped asses, small waists, and enormous, gravity defying breasts, I say; enough. That is not to say that I have anything against long-legged women with perfectly shaped asses, small waists, and enormous, gravity defying breasts. These are not mystical beasts which only exist in the imaginations of young men… though certainly, they are rare.
That said, they are not the only types of women in the world. I will go you one further and say, they are not the only types of attractive women in the world. As a point of interest, you may also notice that many, if not most of these heroines are also caucasian. There are attractive women of every race, yet we see so few in comic books.
I remember reading comic books as a kid. This would have been in the late 70s to mid 80s, and though they contained sensuality when it came to female characters, there was not the level of downright sluttiness that we see today.
Please don’t think me a prude. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m not intimidated by sensuality. That said, I’ve grown tired of being treated like a pubescent teenager whose only interest is seeing a glimpse of Power Girl’s rack or Emma Frost’s lingerie.
I started reading comic books again when I picked up my iPad. The device was made for reading, both books and comic books. I hadn’t read any comic books in 25 years, and fully expected that it would be different. What I hadn’t counted on was the level of depravity which is now associated with most female characters, be they heroes or villains.
Gone are the conservative briefs which Linda Carter wore on the Wonder Woman TV show. Nowadays, Diana’s sporting high cut Brazilian panties or a thong.
This isn’t just in the comic books either. I have been playing DC Universe Online, and was somewhat shocked by even just the opening cinematic depicting Wonder Woman’s backside.
The funny thing is, that’s actually tame for DCUO. Whether we’re chatting it up with Zatanna – the best mockery of her outfit having been done by The Gutters, or fighting against Starfire from the Teen Titans, the sleaziness is staggering. These aren’t heroines. They’re dressed like whores, for crying out loud.
I love how they were able to take an innocent character…
… and turn her into a pole dancer.
I was working on the Raven series of quests, which is very good. I was soloing the instance to fight the possessed Raven, thoroughly sucked into the game. I got to the part where she was possessing the Teen Titans, and when they spotlighted Starfire, the air escaped my lungs.
Now, I know that the transition occurred in comic books, and that the devs working on DCUO aren’t the ones who designed the costume, however you can be damn certain they giggled like school boys when they created this outfit for the game.
There is no such thing as a conservatively dressed woman in DCUO… at least none that I’ve seen so far. Even the NPC characters are wearing skirts that require “special” waxing.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking; “But Rog, look at the steroid-munching dudes in comic books. How is that any different?”
It’s different because we don’t get cock-shots of Batman or Superman, Wolverine or Cyclops.
Because Marvel, DC and every other comic book publisher knows that the majority of comic book readers are male. Toss in some rippling muscle shots for those who are not, but don’t demoralize the character based on their gender.
As I write this, it’s important to note that my purpose in saying all of this isn’t to stand up for women’s rights or to preach about how this does nothing for promoting a healthy respect for women.
There are women who can stand upon that soap box and do a far better job of it than I ever could as a men. That said, I’ve two girls, and have spent their entire lives teaching them to earn respect with their minds and strength, not their bodies.
No, my sole purpose in writing this is to speak out as an adult male who’s tired of being treated like a horny teenager. I started reading comic books again because I had read and been told that there were some fantastic story-arcs which I would probably thoroughly enjoy. I’m both an avid reader as well as a writer, and I appreciate good writing regardless of the format.
And true to what I’d been told, I have read some incredible stories. That said, I’ve also read some absolute crap. Throughout it all though, I’ve seen a metric fuckton of tits and asses… all pretty much the same shapes and sizes. All drawn to titillate an immature audience.
Here’s the thing though, guys (comic book and game developers)… many of us (you know, those who purchase your comic books and games) are adult men (and women). We were the ones who bought your comic books way back in the day, and still do now. We’re the original gamers, who’ve grown up, but never put the controller down. The target audience and demographics have changed.
Isn’t it about time the immaturity in designing strong female characters does the same?
P.S. For those who would argue that Wonder Woman recently got a new costume, I would reply with the following image and essentially rest my case.