In class, we've often discussed women's portrayal in comics. So now I want to ask what's worse - including scantily clad, objectified women or not including any women at all?
I just came across this blog: http://www.thenerdybird.com that had some very interesting posts that definitely pertain to the main themes of this course. One thing I found particularly interesting is a post about the prevalence - or lack there of - of women in Marvel comics. The author writes, "While I've gone at length about DC and how they handle their female character...they have (for better or worse) [something] that Marvel doesn't, it's famous women." I proceeded to look up standout female characters, and the truth of the matter is that they all existed in the DC universe. You have Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Catwoman all under one roof; that's one hell of a superheroine rager right there.
Curiosity led me to investigate further, and I came to find that Marvel women that had stand-alone series, such as those legendary ones of their DC counterparts, are either short-lived or cancelled, as the recent cancellation of the X-23 series or that of Coraon's Spider-Girl series a while back demonstrate. Why? Are they not popular enough? Are they not bad-ass enough? What led to their cancellations, for outside of the X-Men, Marvel female characters barely exist, and those that do aren't often heard of.
Some under-appreciated Marvel women include Black Widow, Scorpion, and Mocking Bird. However, what is there we can do to get creators to realize that these women deserve an on-going series in an industry that's slowly (and unfortunately) dying out? What can we do to influence Marvel to perhaps create new female leads? So, this leads me to re-ask my first question: would you rather see women that are portrayed in provocative, promiscuous, and any other p-starting-negative-noun ways or none at all?