Last month, comic book artist Kate Beaton (of 'Hark, a Vagrant' fame) took to Twitter to point out the RI-DIC-U-LOUS costume change for 'Dagger' - one half of the Marvel superhero duo 'Cloak & Dagger.'
Historically, Dagger - like many female superheroes - has never sported a costume that could ever be described as 'modest' (which, incidentally, is absolutely fine) and the motif on her torso is clearly supposed to be cut in the shape of her namesake. But, whilst Beaton recognised this, she also pointed out that the addition of the strange rectangle cut-outs where the character's nipples should probably be were a step too far.
She hilariously dubbed them: 'Tit windows.'
Then she did what she does best:
Today, a month after Kate Beaton blessed us with the wonderful 'tit windows' complaint, comic book artist and writer Kate Leth also took to Twitter to continue the conversation about the realism-defying ways women's bodies are still drawn (or OVER-drawn) in comics. She used the way that some artists draw the fabric around Spider-Woman's individual breasts as a prime example...
...and blessed us with another sexism-busting phrase to add to our dictionary of misogynist art: 'Boob socks.'
To corroborate her argument, she compared photos of real women wearing similar outfits to Spider-Woman to show the way that fabric is supposed to look around the chest area.
She then went on to talk about the difference between 'sexy' and 'sexualised art' in comics.
And why overly-sexualised female characters could be off-putting to female readers.
And in closing, she also DESTROYED the "but male superheroes get objectified too!" counter-argument.
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