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postcardsfromspace: “There’s this thing in superhero comics that makes me absolutely nuts— not just superhero comics, actually, visual media in general—which is the idea that women have to be sexy all the time. … “And the thing is—I object to this stuff as, y’know, a human being and a feminist; but not as much as I object to it as an editor. It’s incredibly poor storytelling. If people are sexy all the time, then sexiness and sexuality and objectification don’t mean anything. “Barry Windsor-Smith doesn’t do that. So, in Lifedeath I, when Storm does stand like a pin-up, when she does stand in ways that are supposed to be accentuating her body, that’s part of the story; and [Windsor-Smith has] this range of storytelling tools he would not have access to if he just defaulted to that.” As I’ve said before, if everything is sexy, then nothing is. (Source: rachelandmiles)

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