Victorian Squid wrote:That's a problem because she's in an outfit that, regardless of story context, is meant to appeal to the reader in a sexual way. In terms of semiotics, it's a clear signal of fetishism and sexuality, and to long-term X-Men readers also is meant to remind them of the Jean Grey Hellfire club story where she was clearly abused mentally and physically--and to me as a young reader, I was sure the undertones in the original story were that Mastermind was sexually abusing Jean as well. It was a serious story, but everyone in it were adults.
Since it's done so deliberately here there's really no question the writer meant to convey all that, and I think it's mildly disgusting to deliberately do that to your readers and place a 14 year old in that greater out-of-story context. If I were reading the book, I'd be pissed off at the writer.
Luckily, the book is garbage anyway and I'm not. By the way, how did a 14 year old manage to figure out how to put on a corset by herself anyway??
Should writers not be allowed to publish material about sexually abused teenagers? Or any sexual taboo for that matter?
Its easy to say, "NO WAY" to stories about teenagers using and understanding their sexuality........but it happens...a lot. There could be a lot of interesting stories about that side of things, if done tastefully.