I think Ross has some really good points. The best way I can explain how I feel about the subject is using Poison Ivy as an example. Poison Ivy is supposed to be a sexy super hero villain. It’s her ability to kill people through kissing/sex that makes her a likable, interesting character. However, since all the other female super hero/ villainous characters are equally sexy, Poison Ivy she looses contrast. If Cat woman and Poison Ivy were standing next to each other, I would pick Cat woman any day.
Of course Poison Ivy has a essence about her that hypnotizes people. I know it’s more than looks, but if she really was the most beautiful character in the DC universe, she’d be most more convincing. And enchanting. It just kind of highlights the kind of writing comic creators use when making stories for DC. It shows that they aren’t thinking based off of facts within the fictional reality, but more so the fan service.
It’s not sexist to make Poison Ivy sexy. That’s her character. However if everyone else is, too, it’s going to make the audience feel that the women are objectified versus being constructed based on their personal stories.
a few friends and i were discussing sexism and cheesecake in Big Two superhero comics recently (what else is new!), and it was mostly us trying to convey the usual concepts of sexual objectification to somebody who was fighting us on it (the common “superhero comics are for men” defense and…