In an article that came out today, Newsarama posted some cover art to an upcoming issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST (which I’ve REALLY been enjoying, for the record). Normally, this would kind of slip by unnoticed, but I saw a few blog articles on the Internet proclaiming the cover as “sexist”, and I’m trying to figure out why.
The image depicts Batman I/Bruce Wayne restraining Wonder Woman with her lasso. She’s struggling, and her arms are cut by the lasso. I’m not saying it’s right to do that to a woman, let’s just get that out of the way; I’m in absolutely no way saying that violence towards women is okay. The problem is, neither is this cover. I could get it if it she was severely beaten and bloodied. I could get it if there were 30 guys standing over her beating the hell out of her. I could get it if this cover occurred monthly. But it simply doesn’t. I see an image designed to catch the eye, imply the struggle between two characters, and create a memorable visual.
The argument on hand would have to most likely be “Well, why Wonder Woman?”. I can’t really see that as being sexist either; from a story standpoint, she’s a character who is in conflict with the other characters (she’s one of the many heroes who doesn’t remember Maxwell Lord, whereas Batman recently joined the ranks of those who do and are trying to stop him) and presumably provided a fight. Why can’t Batman be the one that’s beaten by Wonder Woman? I don’t know; why is it okay for him to beaten, but a crime when she is?
Again, this isn’t me trying to provoke anything, and I’m probably going to regret opening the flood gates like this, but I just don’t see this image as sexist. Any comments on the matter are welcome, but please remember to keep it civil.
Update: Upon closer inspection, her arm’s aren’t bleeding. I’d seen a few complaints of bleeding arms, but upon further inspection, what appears to be cuts are the arm straps of her costume.