I stumbled upon this blog about female superhero costumes and absolutely fell in love with it. The author, a man, discusses the ridiculousness of how men have twisted comic book characters into porn stars by their disgustingly sexual attire. Some of these costumes literally made me laugh out loud.
#5: Power Girl- With the same superpowers as Superman, this lovely lady should be the example of female empowerment in the comic world, right? Wrong. Power Girl’s costume is a white leotard with a rectangle cut out in the chest, simply to show off her breasts. Many excuses have been made as to why she has such an unnecessarily revealing outfit including “it is a distraction to her enemies (that are aliens and robots??),” “she couldn’t think of a symbol to put on her chest,” and “she’s a beautiful woman who shouldn’t be ashamed of her body.” Could the artists make it more obvious that they just wanted her boobs showing?
#4: Starfire- This one is just absolutely insane. I don’t even have that much to say about it because there should be no reason for this kind of nudity in comics. Starfire is an alien who wants to discover the love that humans experience: an excuse for her to sleep around. That is their excuse for her slutty behavior and lack of clothing. Pathetic.
#3: Wonder Woman- The original Wonder Woman costume is debated whether or not it is sexist, but this article discusses a specific storyline in which Wonder Woman is dressed as a Star Sapphire who controls men through a Green Lantern-like ring and the power of “love.” It is a ridiculous concept in itself, but the funniest part is the costume they “paint” on her body. There is literally just as much skin showing as not!
#2: Sue Storm- Sue Storm’s costume looks like a bikini that has a “4” cut out of the chest. The most annoying part about this outfit, however, is the fact that the males in the Fantastic Four have full body suits while Sue is wearing practically nothing. There isn’t any reason as to why Sue should be dressed so scandalously; she is engaged to be married to Reed Richards and therefore should probably NOT be dressed like a stripper.
#1: Namor- This was my favorite part of the article. Namor is Marvel’s version of Aquaman. He basically just wears a scaly speedo everywhere and shows off his enormously unrealistic muscles. The author of this blog post points out that Namor is an excuse for men to be allowed to draw women as super-strippers because “Namor doesn’t wear clothes either!” This, however, should not be an excuse at all because: 1. Women are not turned on by men who look like “semi-trucks,” and 2. This is exactly what all men fantasize about THEMSELVES. Namor basically gets laid whenever he wants, which is also evident in the costume: don’t even bother putting clothes on! This proves that Namor is not victimized in the same way that all of the superheroines are by their costumes, and that the target of comics are still (and probably always will be at this rate) men.
I recommend reading the entire article; it is THAT good (and the costumes are THAT hilarious). There are even more comments about the storylines that go behind these costumes which bring up really good points!