A Thought

May 26, 2008 at 8:44 pm (Miscellaneous Meta) ()

Generally female supervillains are depicted as wearing less than their superhero counterparts. Is this an attempt to denote evil with femininity? By wearing less, female supervillains are displaying more of their skin and figure, thus emphasizing their femininity and their sexuality; since they’re the evil ones, both things are associated with evil. Showing off one’s femininity and being openly more comfortable with your sexuality are thus both demonized when they are applied to women.

Am I way off base here? I’d have to do an indepth comparison of female superhero vs. supervillain outfits (even of characters who have been both; one thinks of Scarlet Witch, Jean Grey, Polaris, Raven…) and see what I find out to give this idea any kind of backing but…well, I thought of it while I was watching Legion of Super Heroes and compared to the Legion ladies, Emerald Empress’ outfit is…lacking. Even if most of her chest and torso are covered in sheer black/grey fabric, the shape of her green swirlies really bring out her…assets.

I suspect that this concept could be applied to manga as well, but its harder to find prominent female characters whose appearance can be subjected to analysis of the same depth as comic book heroines. Manga characters tend not to have the same constant costume changes that superheroes do.

Something to keep in mind, at least.


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