Women are entering the comic book world more and more, but in worse and worse ways. We might have beaten this topic to death already, but I am still disgusted by the way women in comics are objectified. For some reason, female villains are especially sexualized. As Tim Janson says in his article "The Dirty Dozen: 12 Hottest Villains in Comics," "we have more and more supervillians who are females in comic books these days. They’re not only bad, but they look good doing it!" This article proceeds to detail the "hottest" villains in the comic book world, complete with scantily clad pictures.
For example, we get this picture of Purgatori, who falls at #9:
She looks more like a porn star than an actual villain to me.
Another villain, #5 on the list, is Bomb Queen. She is given this picture:
with the caption " What makes this Image Comics star so deadly is that while your eyes are popping out of your head staring at her barely-there costume, she’s busy kicking your ass all up and down the street!" I mentioned in a previous blog post someone who said about Batwoman that "Boobs are not a superpower;" yet, in this case, it seems they are.
Unlike the girl in Alexon's post about Starfire who thinks comic book women's actions are more important than what they wear, this article is only highlighting these villains' clothes (or lack thereof). The only thing they are doing in these pictures is posing. It seems the only purpose of most of these villains is to be sexually appealing, regardless of their actual powers.