Tell Marvel Comics to Stop Hyper Sexualizing Their Female Characters

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Target: Marvel Comics

Goal: Convince Marvel Comics to redesign some of its female characters with practical, less sexual costumes.

Over the last decade, the female characters portrayed in Marvel’s line of comic books have been presented as extremely sexual beings. Unlike their male counterparts, Marvel’s female super-heroes  wear tiny, skimpy costumes, which may be the most unrealistic thing about their stories (a tough thing to achieve when many involve space aliens and spider-powers). While the male super-heroes have practical costumes that usually cover most of their bodies, Marvel’s women sometimes wear almost nothing while fighting crime.

Marvel has been creating comic book characters for over 70 years. Their female characters used to wear an appropriate amount of clothing and had normal body proportions. Now, in an apparent effort to attract readers browsing store shelves, most of their heroines are bursting out of their outfits.

By focusing on strong stories with realistic characterization, and not how many teenage males they can attract, they will gain more readers and have a more successful product. Tell Marvel that they don’t need to make their female characters dress like this in order to sell comics.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Marvel Comics,

In recent years, you have had a trend of turning your female characters into oversexualized figures. Their costumes are tiny, and their proportions are unrealistic. You don’t treat your male characters as sexual objects, so why do it with females? Unfortunately, because most of your readers are men you feel the need to cater to what you think they want.

Although most of your readers may be male, many men do not enjoy this aspect of your books. Skimpy outfits don’t make sense when fighting crime and the way many of your female characters are drawn show no relation to real human anatomy. In addition, you could attract more female readers by presenting your heroines as strong, three-dimensional characters, that aren’t meant as just eye candy.

Please consider redesigning some of your characters to give them practical costumes. You have already done this with a few of your comic books, but don’t stop there. Lead the change in the comic book industry in this important matter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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