The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their ‘Liberated Sexuality’


Yesterday, two new comic books from the “New 52” relaunch of DC Comics provoked some online controversy: Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws. They were controversial in particular because of the way they depicted women, notably with the aggressively fanfictiony on-panel sex between Batman and Catwoman, and Starfire’s transformation into a promiscuous tabula rasa who can’t even remember the names of the men she sleeps with, and seeks out emotionless sex with both of the two male main characters while they essentially high five about it.

Since pointing out my issues with Starfire yesterday, I have received numerous e-mails — from men — accusing me of slut-shaming. Since there are a lot of people who don’t understand the sexual dynamics that are in play here both creatively and culturally, I’d like to dissect this a little bit and explain why these scenes don’t support sexually liberated women; they undermine them, and why after nearly 20 years of reading superhero books, these may finally have been the comics that broke me.

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/09/22/starfire-catwoman-sex-superheroine/#ixzz1YigM2xBs

  1. tne-warra reblogged this from socraticjedi
  2. calcinator reblogged this from therobotmonster
  3. youkaigirlatthegate reblogged this from rosalarian and added:
    reblogging for truth
  4. goesbumpinthenight reblogged this from rosalarian
  5. i-miss-it-all reblogged this from luxuryofconviction
  6. erotic-camus reblogged this from kateordie
  7. kittydelighted reblogged this from rosalarian
  8. emery-ashbel reblogged this from karkadann
  9. mollystorm reblogged this from karkadann
  10. littlestmatryoshka reblogged this from rosalarian
  11. karkadann reblogged this from alienboyfriends
  12. alienboyfriends reblogged this from egadsy
  13. footstepsoftheelephant reblogged this from kateordie
  14. dazebras reblogged this from atuin
  15. learnfaster reblogged this from kateordie
  16. sayrawr reblogged this from kateordie
  17. lemonkiwi reblogged this from northerntrites and added:
    thank you so much for this article, it is absolutely perfect.
  18. lovewillfuckusapart reblogged this from kateordie
  19. yuniecorn reblogged this from rosalarian
  20. thegoddessofthorns reblogged this from yamino
  21. thebrowngoblet reblogged this from rosalarian and added:
    “strong female characters” getting their “strength” from essentially being men. there is nothing wrong
  22. cemeterycake reblogged this from rosalarian
  23. basicandmundane reblogged this from kateordie
  24. tyracollete reblogged this from pepopowitz and added:
    Really, really liked this!
  25. prossibly reblogged this from rosalarian
  26. alaputastrasse reblogged this from rosalarian
  27. northerntrites reblogged this from rosalarian
  28. butterflyspit reblogged this from kateordie