The Avengers, Slut Shaming, and the Comic World.

If you’ve ever seen a superhero movie or a comic book, you know they’re pretty much both boy’s clubs. Most of the women are in skimpy little outfits (cleavage galore) and are either sidekicks, femme fatales, or damsels in distress. Superhero movies are huge now, but are male dominated. Batman, Iron Man, Superman… I like these guys too but why did it take so long for a Wonder Woman movie to be in the works?

Most recent example of the gender disparity in the comic world? In a recent interview, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner of the Avengers franchise called the character of Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, a slut and whore. We know this is a character they’re discussing, and that they meant it as a joke, but there’s a much bigger issue being highlighted here.

So yeah, Black Widow is a sexy character. She’s been romantically involved with a lot of characters. So has allllll the other characters, though. In both the DC and Marvel universes, there are many variations and so many different love triangles and affairs. So many characters male and female, would be considered by most standards promiscuous. Wolverine has been linked romantically with 32 characters. But he’s not known as a slut or whore, is he?  He’s known for being badass, that’s it.

Mr.Fantastic is being Mr.Asshole here.

Mr.Fantastic is being Mr.Asshole here, just one of many examples.

There are feminist comics and feminist characters, for sure, but most are recent creations. Sexism doesn’t just exist in real life, but it’s the building blocks of our entertainment, our alternate universes, too. The men are cool, calm, collected, and covered. Why can’t our female heroes be, too? We write the lives of these characters and slut shame them, too? I don’t think Evans and Renner meant to slut shame or to be sexist, but I’m glad people are paying attention.

Is this someone you really want to mess with?

Is this someone you really want to mess with?

UPDATE: Chris Evans has issued an apology, saying, “We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”

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