Starfire in all her feminist glory.
That’s right, I said it. Feminist.
I’m going to have a mini rant now. Brace yourself.
Starfire was never my favorite character, but I have recently become obsessed with her. Before the reboot, I always considered her that wall between Dick and Barbara officially getting together. I thought she nothing more than a slutty piece of ass with a winy existence.
Then the reboot happened and she was given a spotlight. I was finally able to get into her mind and her past and really consider her. I won’t lie: I’m not a fan of her loss of memory and absent emotions (though, to be honest, when you read closely, her feelings ARE there, she does very much remember Dick, I think she’s in denial though, but that’s just me).
there is something regarding her that is pissing me off to no end.
The fans who are calling her “Slutty” or just a playboy esk porn image. Recently, I came across a comment that read “Every time I pick up Red hood and the Outlaws, I feel like I am punching feminism in the face.” I’ve read multiple comments of the like about how fans feel Starfire’s revealing outfit and sexual escapades makes her a bad role model and insult to women.
AH HELL NO.
First off: Women should never be ashamed of their bodies. Ever. Female bodies are the absolute most beautiful things in the universe, men and women alike will always agree with this. They have the power to be soft, strong, curvy, firm, inspiring, provocative, comforting, and a million of other awesome things at the same time. To be blunt, they’re awesome to look at, straight or gay alike I think can attest to that (Hell, I’m a straight girl, but I could stare at a naked women for hours easily).
And they have more purpose than simply sex.
How dare you say that a woman revealing her body is nothing but a sexual act.
Contrary to popular belief, boobs were not made for sex. Hips are not made for sex. Both those are made for our children—have a legit biological purpose that we should never be made ashamed of. We grow, birth, and feed our children with these bodies. We give LIFE with these bodies. Boobs/hips/vaginas/ect are not truly meant for sex alone so to say revealing them is “sexy” is a gross insult and misconception. (Hell, if anything, men should be made to cover themselves because their bodies are literally meant for nothing but sex. They do not carry children and their boobs don’t even work. All that underneath is meant for sex, just saying…)
To say Starfire is nothing but a sexual image meant to get male readers hard simply because she wears little clothing is, to me, the same as the horrible old argument “She deserved to be raped because she was dressed slutty. She obviously wanted it.” To say Starfire’s revealed body is for sexual thoughts is saying that the female body is meant for nothing but sex and that is simply wrong.
If Home-Girl Korand’r wants to show off her perfectly tanned bobbies, then by God, she should. Why the hell not? Girl’s got a nice body. Girl’s not ashamed of this nice body. Sweetie don’t need armor, she’s got superpowered alien skin to protect her. I doubt she would care if it offended anyone.
She has no reason to cover her body.
Second, why can’t she sleep around?
Yeah, I miss her love for Dick. I feel like it’s a very important part of who she is and where her character is coming from. I admit, DC needs to fix that one, give Kori some real emotions.
But let’s be honest: Dick is not in the picture any more. He and Kori, whatever that relation was in the reboot, are over. Kori is single. She’s a hot, single chick who wants to have some sex.
You go, Kori Anders (is that still a name? No…)
Why the hell not? Men are allowed to do it all the time. We see Dick with his namesake in a new woman in what feels like every single issue, Bruce with a new woman—EVERY super hero man seems to sleep around. And the fans never have complained as much about this as they have when Starfire did it.
News flash. Women have sex. Women like sex. Women do not think we need to fall helplessly in love and be forever devoted to a lover to have sex. Women have sex just to have sex as much as any man does.
And hell, though I’m not really as frisky as all that, if a women is single, why the hell not? Why can’t Starfire have all the freaky inter species sex she wants?
besides, we as readers have only really seen her have sex with three people.
Dick Grayson: Girl was in love with and engaged to him. Nothing wrong with that. This would be considered a perfectly good reason to have sex.
Jason Todd: She’s still dedicated to him with being his best friend. Not like she just fucked and ran. Friends have sex all the time in real life. It’s not that big a deal. (Okay, He’s Dick’s brother, that’s odd, but that’s beside the point right now.) Whatever she may claim, I think it’s pretty obvious she has real feelings for him, cares for him very deeply. That’s hardly a one-night-stand relationship.
Roy Harper: She’s still with him in a sense. No, they’re not official, but she hasn’t slept with anyone else since, they date, they sleep in the same bed, they spend all their time together, they’re willing to die for each other. If I were to be so bold, they’re basically an official unofficial couple.
Sooo, what’s so risque again? Because, I’m sorry, all these look like legit, real relationships. No one night stands, no REAL sex-for-sexs-sake with it comes down to it. Sure, the latter may have been the intent with Roy, but again, it’s clearly blossomed into something more.
That’s probably more than a lot of readers can say about their own sexual adventures. Yeah, I went there.
I personally love the image of a woman who is strong and unashamed. A woman who is proud to be a woman.
I adore and look up to the image a super heroine who is not afraid to reveal her body—like Starfire, or Wonder Woman, or Supergirl—a woman who boldly tells the world with her body “I am a Woman and proud.” And then, to see these women have the power to kick the shit out a any man—to lift cars over their heads or catch falling planes or kicking the crap out of men, super and nor powered alike. Powerful women. I love the idea of a woman who is not afraid of her sexuality, who thinks there is nothing wrong with sex, and who refuses to be ashamed of sex—a thing that is literally the absolute most natural thing in the world and that one should never be embarrassed about.
I’m really disappointed that now DC is covering Starfire’s body up just because some readers found looking at a pair of breast offensive, just because some readers think women need to be modest and “lady-like.” Personally, they could have just tweeked her emotion issues and we would have had an almost ideal woman role model.
Starfire was my absolute least favorite comic book character a few months ago. I fell in love with her in “Red Hood and the Outlaws” and in her found a new favorite super hero woman. Women need heroes like her, I feel. A hero to teach us not to be afraid, not be ashamed, not to be held back of the fact that we are women. We are attractive, we are beautiful, we are sexual, and we are strong.
I hate that now DC is covering that. I want Starfire’s body. I want it revealed and in my face, daring me to find issue with it.
So, summed up, hence the drawing of a fully naked Starfire, because girl’s got no reason to hide that body. It’s my own little way of rebelling and trying to tell girl’s they’re awesome the way they were born under all that clothes. Don’t hide.