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This week's throwback Thursday: Playboy comes to Black Widow's defense.

Some of you might remember that I was less than thrilled with the superhero film offerings this year. Fantastic Four was a trainwreck, Ant-Man was fun but not particularly exciting, and Age of Ultron seemed like it was stuck in the middle of a tug of war between the studio and the director. Some fans were pretty unhappy with the story line Black Widow had in AoU, and Playboy was her unlikely advocate. After two of her co-stars called Scarlett Johannson's character a slut, the magazine called out Hollywood for their bare minimum representation for women (Via).

"It may seem odd to say that Black Widow’s gender is unusual; she’s a cis, heterosexual woman, with a Hollywood-standard glamorous feminine appearance. But look around the first Avengers film, and you will see that women, no matter how conventionally Hollywood, are in awfully short supply."

Preach.
"And as the lone superheroine, she becomes, narratively, inevitably, sexualized and available. Fans can write barrels of bytes of fanfic in which Tony Stark and Captain America have torrid sex and more torrid sex with each other, but in the canon, homosexuality is rarely considered a real option. And that leaves Black Widow as the one object of desire for — well, for everyone."
We talked a bit about the Smurfette Principle this summer (often our media will have a cast made up entirely of men with one token woman, implying that men lead multifaceted lives while women rarely get the same opportunity). Because in terms of the story, female characters often don't get characterization, they're too busy being prizes or plot devices.

So way to be Playboy.

Sure, their business is based on selling the sexualization of women. But even they seem to know that's not the only thing women have to offer. Which is why they're getting my Throwback Thursday kudos!
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@WarrenDreiling true! It's great to have more than one female character since it gives the movie the opportunity to tell two different kinds of stories. There was a rumor going around that Whedon (the director) told the actress not to look upset during the fight scenes because the faces she was making weren't pretty but I haven't been able to find that interview
They've been forgetting about Scarlet Witch this whole time, who is not sexualized. It will be interesting what they say when Ms. Marvel joins the fight and has her own movie.
does it really matter? I mean she is strong not to listen to those people soooo everyone can hush
All I have to say is she was hot in the movie xD
honestly all the power-girl characters get a lot of crap For no real reason. people are always quick to criticise, and they fail to have real evidence or support to back up thier claims. then they refuse to acknowledge that they're stereotyping and discriminating the characters, when it's blatantly obvious that they are. bit overall, I totally agree with this card
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