Thanks for taking the time to message me directly, I always appreciate that if only for the opportunity to talk with people more directly!
The thing about redesigning Windblade to be less offensive was actually referring to Windblade’s cultural elements. I may have been unclear about that in my original post…I wasn’t trying to describe her gendered traits as offensive, but her misplaced kabuki elements. (I’m leaving that aside for now because it’s a whole other topic that requires a fair bit of separate discussion!)
I didn’t necessarily want the designs to look male, but unfortunately, a lot of times, if things aren’t overtly female they are just read as male in our culture. I also probably have a pretty ‘masculine’ face-drawing style, so that’s my fault. I’m not a professional character designer, so i acknowledge that certain elements could have been handed more delicately!
These designs are just three examples….they aren’t meant to replace all the more traditionally female looking characters (or any, because realistically, all four fem bots in IDW are already designed and in print as what they are) just to show that something outside that norm is conceivable. As I mentioned to a previous PM, I have friends and family with these types of bodies. It’s really good to have women with curves and full lips in media….but they are not the ONLY type of women. To say that all women should be that particular type is kind of erasing all the women who have no breasts and straight figures, and strong jaws and thin lips. Women who exist and don’t ever get to see themselves in media. Adding different women isn’t saying we should get rid of curvy, sexy women. We should have both!
Representation is about more than just raw visibility…women have always been present in media…just….only in one or two shapes, and with little focus on anything other than their gender. It’s not enough to say let’s get women in the comics first and worry about their presentation later. That’s only a baby step away from let’s get bad stereotypes in first….we’ll worry about turning them into real characters later. We should aim for good representation from day one. Right now we are four for four that the fembots in IDW all have the same body type. Indicators are not strong for that changing. If if was one or two ladies with all the traditional markers of a woman, and maybe two OTHER types of women, things would be better….but that’s not the case.
I am really happy that you like representation of the fembots in IDW, and that you’re glad to see your type of body on those characters….but what about all the women who don’t have any of those traits? They get shit in real life for not conforming to the media’s idea of what women are supposed to look like, (we all do; you, me, my roommate etc.) let’s not encourage that attitude to continue when we don’t have to.
Thanks again, and take care!