20/28 “THIS”: The Strongest Female Super-Costumes
Alias: Anna Marie
Abilities: Ability and Memory Absorption: temporarily take on everything of another person by touch. Sometimes semi-permanently if skin contact is prolonged. Can control whether the “absorption by touch” is activated or not.
Titles: “Uncanny Avengers,” “Xtreme X-men” vol. 1, “X-men Legacy,” “X-Men” vol. 2, “Uncanny X-Men” vol. 1, “Rogue” vol. 1-3
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Nine different costumes, spanning over 30 years of comic publications you can see above. There are a few others that I didn’t picture here. Of all female characters, Rogue’s wardrobe, over the years, is one of the most logical. It’s mostly due to the nature of her power, hurting people with mere skin contact. Her entire body has always been covered, gloves and sometimes coat.
I’m not completely against the skin tight painted on costumes, as I think Rogue’s green and yellow costume is a prime example. It’s a simple design with vertical stripes that when paired with her her bomber jacket and boots, avoids hypersexualization. The design breaks up her body so as not to emphasize any specific part of her, which is the point. She looks ready to fight in every incarnation of her costume with the exception of the following recent blip on the radar.
Rogue recently gained complete control over her absorption powers, which means skin contact without absorption. SO for the first time in all her crime-fighting outfits, Rogue has cleavage. Not a coincidence.
Rogue recently gained control of her deadly powers. Suddenly, skin contact wasn’t an issue, so “OH now she can have cleavage like she’s always wanted.” I won’t deny that it’s completely characteristic of her to have cleavage while in civilian clothes, but there’s no reason for her to have cleavage while crime-fighting, other than a mini-peep show.
It’s especially ridiculous because the costume is the same costume as the bottom, middle example. The only difference is, directly above, the costume is zipped down to allow “the cleavage shot.”
Rogue’s costumes have had a better track record than any other female character I can think of, yet they had to go and cleavage-ize her because no woman is safe from the artists who do that.
There’s nothing wrong with cleavage. It’s about how people write a character. I hate when people say women should be masters over their own body and image and then get upset because a fictional character was written in the same vein. It’s just skin, they’re just boobs. When you make a big deal out of it it just perpetuates negativity about women’s bodies and how they be ashamed of what nature gave them. It’s like bigger girls being brave enough to wear something skin tight and people say they shouldn’t do it. It’s not your body. Artists can cross the line with over sexualizing their character, but giving them cleavage is the least of my worries.