Alright, it's late and I've hemmed and hawed over even saying anything, because sometimes, it's just better to agree to disagree, but after reading a bunch of different articles and commentaries, I think I need some help. I come to you, dear reader with a question:
Why does this not upset me? Why do I even think it's kind of cute? Am I supporting the wrong image of women in comics? I mean, look at her! She's overly sexualized, doing Spider-Man's laundry, barefoot to boot... it's like it's screaming at me to be outraged.
I just can't do it, though. All the tools are there, but none of the vigor. I know this opinion is wrong because this particular maquette has become the subject of quite some anger on these here tubes. Don't get me wrong: I hate Star Sapphire's new look as much as anyone and think the Wedding of T'Challa and Ororo did nothing but stick Storm in as sidekick in the Black Panther book. I like to think I have a firm grasp of what is and isn't right when it comes to depictions of women in comics.
But look at that pic! It's... cute. Cheeky. Even a little sly. Like an old pin-up Petty girl from the 50's-60's, which Adam Hughes is so good at capturing. There's no overt nudity, MJ looks well fed and healthy, and her expression looks a little smarter than the guys who'll be drooling over the shot. I have more of a problem with Paris Hilton rubbing herself against a car in an ugly bathing suit while eating a hamburger than I do this picture.
Don't get me wrong and please, oh comic-fen, don't be angry with me. I'm honestly asking for help here; tell me what is so offensive here and I will read every single word. All I ask in return is that you listen to what I say in return. I want to be convinced and I want to join the cause, my rhythm's just all out of whack.