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Does Erik Larsen Think Female Superheroes Wear Too Many Clothes?

Written by Jude Terror on Saturday, March 14 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Does Erik Larsen Think Female Superheroes Wear Too Many Clothes?

You know you want to click on this and find out.

Erik Larsen took to Twitter today to share his opinion on female superhero costumes:


A little later, after getting a largely positive reaction from his followers, Larsen added:



It's never a dull moment following Erik Larsen on Twitter. Oh, and his thoughts on Ms Marvel in particular:



So, what do you think? I'm sure some of you have some stong opinions on this issue one way or the other.

My take:

1. It seems contradictory to say, in the same breath, that wearing "bulky" costumes isn't practical and then that comics shouldn't take realism into account.

2. This argument seems to rely on the idea that there are only two kinds of costumes: hyper-sexualized, or bulky and ugly. I think that's not the case, and one could design attractive and practical costumes that aren't hyper-sexualized.

3. On the same note as #2, I'm not sure why comic companies, publishing upwards of 50 books a month, can't make some comics that appeal to both audiences. If you like sexy superhero women, that's fine. But why do all superhero comics need to be like that? Asking publishers for some comics with positive, empowering messages for people of all races, genders, sexualities, ages, or whatever, does not mean that we're trying to take away everyone's wank material, grimdark ultraviolence, or male power fantasies. There's plenty of room for everyone.

4. Batgirl and Ms Marvel's costumes look great.

But these are my opinions and those are his, and we're both entitled to our own. Now, I'd like to hear your opinion. Let me have it in the comments below.


UPDATE: Directly following an intense Twitter battle with Batgirl creator Cameron Stewart, Larsen quit Twitter forever on Monday.


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