From the inception of the funny pages until today, sexism in comics has been rampant. While things are better for female characters than they’ve ever been, that makes the comic book sexism that’s still happening even more egregious. Even though the female superheroes that grace the pages of our favorite books are just as powerful and nuanced as their male counterparts, they’re still hyper-sexualized in a way that Batman, Robin, and other male heroes never will be (unless we’re talking about slash fiction, and if that’s the case then all bets are off). Prepare to have your feathers ruffled, these are the most sexist moments in comics.
The marginalization of women in comic book takes on a plethora of forms. From the obsession with spanking women in the Silver Age to fridging them in the '90s to the ongoing struggle give female characters sensible costumes, sexist comic books have never truly gone away. It seems that every decade, the culture realigns its sense of morality and sexism shifts with it. For instance, the sexist comics in the Silver Age suggested that while women could be heroes, they couldn’t be as heroic as men. Which is why you’ll find characters like Wonder Woman and Batgirl bumbling through a sticky situations only to be saved by their more heroic male counterparts.Sexism in the comic industry isn’t going to go away over night, but by pointing out some of the most sexist elements from the last 80 years, we can start trying to make sexism a thing of the past. Vote up the most outrageously sexist moments in comics, the ones you can barely believe happened. And if you have some thoughts on this polarizing issue, leave them in the comments.
Orion Slaps Wonder Woman on the Bum
Power Girl's Cleavage Window
A superhero has a right to dress however she likes, and she certainly doesn't need to cover any part of herself to cater to anybody's prudishness. That said, doesn't Power Girl's outfit look at little... impractical? Kara Zor-L is a powerful female character, yet she's best known for her bust and the ridiculous costume that goes out of its way to showcase said bust.That she's Superman's cousin only underlines the objectification, since you don't see the Big Blue Boy Scout flying around in a thong. And the in-story explanation - that she always meant to have a Supes-style symbol but never came up with one - makes her seem like an ineffectual airhead.
Emma Frost's Outfit
Superman Spanks Lois Lane
Just so it's clear what's happening: in Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #14, Lois Lane accidentally ended up in the Fortress of Solitude so Superman is using telepathy to make one of his narcissistic identical super-bots to give the woman a spanking.During the Golden Age, spanking ran rampant in comics. In this case ,it seems that Superman is allowed to get his spank on because the woman accidentally broke into his house, and technically he's not spanking her - his robot is. Another plot point of this comic has Superman using his x-ray vision to read Lois's diary, just in case you weren't sure whether or not Superman is a super dick.