Art and Superheroines: When Over-Sexualization Kills the Story [Sex]
A common problem for cape comics is what is best termed an out-of-proportion amount of sexualized art. It probably has its roots in superheroes as a power fantasy for boys, and it follows logically, if a bit sadly, that women would be portrayed as the ideal sexual partner, rather than an objectively idealized character. Whatever the reason, we’re mired in crappy sexualization. And the problem isn’t just what that means for women, but what it means for the craft and quality of the comic. Imagery that prizes sexualization above all else — especially when that doesn’t make sense for the story — can pull you out of the moment and stop your reading experience dead.