This article focuses on DC’s “reboots” of their famous heroes and heroines—more specifically on their reimagined Catwoman and Starfire—from a female comic-reader’s point of view.
It’s lengthy but hits a lot of nails right on the head. When i was young i would look at Rogue and Catwoman, or even April O’Neal or She-ra, or Morgana from Darkwing Duck or Mallory from the Mighty Ducks cartoon, and i would see strong female characters with gorgeous bodies but also gorgeous personalities i wanted to be. The issue isn’t the lack of clothes or their impossible busts in the comics and cartoons today; it’s how they’re not PEOPLE anymore. They’re lifeless husks meant to give the male audience a thrill while looking dead-eyed and contorted.
/co/ or boards like it will constantly argue some DC males pose just as much. If you’ve so much as glanced at a Nightwing comic, you’ll know he was the Best Ass of DC (voted by both men and women). And that’s fine. No one is trying to take away your eye candy. But while Nightwing’s pin-up poses were every few pages, the ladies we’re comparing him to are breaking their backs in every frame. While Nightwing posed during battles or giving us exposition about a situation as he roamed rooftops, these ladies are posing while in a pool, getting dressed, stripping for money, or as their guy teammates brag about having “conquered” them.
Needless to say, there’s a reason i was always a Marvel girl.