The comic book industry has always been criticized for its male-dominated nature, but the recent abuse directed at writer Janelle Asselin for her critique of a sexist Teen Titans cover proves that the pervasive misogyny is now completely out of hand.
Asselin, a former DC Comics editor of Batman and current Newsarama editor, wrote a critique of the cover for the brand-new Teen Titans comic series. The cover portrays a teen heroine front and center, breasts bulging out of her skintight catsuit, waist impossibly small — the cartoon ideal of a male fantasy in teenage form. Asselin writes, “The worst part of the image, by far, are her breasts. The problem is not that she’s a teen girl with large breasts, because those certainly exist. The main problem is that this is not the natural chest of a large-breasted woman. Those are implants. On a teenaged superheroine.”
Though the gender aspect was only one element of her critique, Asselin was shredded for it with comic fans taking to Twitter, message boards and even a survey run by Asselin to sexually harass her and tear apart her perspective. The most disturbing, and still somehow expected, element of the insults was that many of them were rape threats.
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