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Gender portrayal in the media, especially in comics, has been a topic on the lips of many a fan over the last five years. Tons of blogs and fan sites have published articles pointing out, not only how poorly-written female characters are, but also how sexualized they are. Gratuitous camera shots and skimpy outfits are among the unfortunate stereotypical tropes we have come to expect from female charcaters in TV, comics and film.
Along a parellel path lies the challenges of racial representation in media. Certainly, many (but not all) of the stereotypes of yesteryear have long been put to rest. But with billions of dollars in revenue driving the decision-making of studios, networks and publishers, the representation for people of color on the big and small screens (and the comic book page) finds itself in a curious place. Is it possible for minorities to be cast in more prevalent roles as a norm, and not as a special case?
On today's episode, we address both of these issues head-on in an extended roundtable discussion. We hope you enjoy the show.
***The image up top is, of course, from Catwoman (2004) starring Halle Berry. The one below is the cast from Fox's cancelled space-western Firelfy (2002).