For years, the growing problem of women and their portrayal in the comic book world has been a source of concern for both male and female readers alike. While it is certainly true that most comic book readers are single men, there are still quite a few women who enjoy the medium and reading about their favorite female superheroes. Unfortunately, the most recent reboot of franchises – the New 52 – doesn’t promise anything new.
Imagine you’re a woman reading about your favorite female superhero Catwoman. In the very beginning of Catwoman’s first issue she is struggling to get dressed as an unseen enemy infiltrates her home (sadly, no ADT Wireless security to help her). The first few pages of the new Catwoman, and many other comics featuring our favorite super heroines, could be considered nothing short of soft core pornography in both their depiction of scantily-clad women and the suggestive poses and dialog that accompany them. This does not bode well for the future of females in comics and, in some ways, represents a step back.
While it is certainly nothing new for female superheroes be portrayed more as sex objects than people, it does present a problem to the female readership. Women who looked up to these heroines in the past will now need to look elsewhere if they are hoping to find positive female role models.