This is possibly in the wrong section and I apologise if so. A few weeks back, critics A O Scott and Manohla Dargis discussed the modern comic book film and the following quote from Dargis caught my eye. This got me thinking about sexism and the three big comic films this year and whether I felt that Dargis criticisms hold water. Is sexism a problem that needs to be addressed? My take is as follows: Her first point is one of numbers, the ratio of male to female characters is not balanced. All of the Avengers, TASM and TDKR have one primary and one minor female character compared to significantly more males. As far as Im concerned, sexism is not a numbers issue and providing the women are good characters, that there are fewer of them should not be important. The next issue is of agency and relevance to the plot. Of the three films, TASM is the one that is most guilty of denying its women this. Although Gwen does make the first move on Peter, her character is completely defined by her, somewhat poorly defined, attraction to him. Removing that characteristic, she has no personality and her role in scenes is mostly reactionary. This is to say that she is so thinly written that she lacks individual motivation and is defined by Peter. Black Widow and Catwoman fare much better in this department, they not only move their plots along but they also demonstrate individual characteristics and flaws which contribute to the narrative. Its true that they are both saved by men at some point, but they also return the favour and prove emotionally strong as well as physically. The trickiest issue to deal with is objectification. Gwen is pretty much free from this, barring some questionably appropriate clothing for work in a high tech lab. But the other two are subject to the male gaze to some degree. As well as the form fitting costumes, both films take the chance to have their women don flattering dresses. That said, no woman is ever reduced merely to physical attributes and the opportunity exists to objectify men. So my overall conclusion is that if any of the years primary female characters are portrayed in a way that can be considered sexist, its actually the demure and chaste Gwen Stacy rather than the spandex clad superheroes that Dargis so demeans. TLDR; I think this year shows comic films are far from sexist for the most part and Black Widow and Catwoman are fine examples of what these films can offer in terms of strong female characters. The problems with Gwen Stacy's character can be just as easily attributed to bad writing than sexism. What do you think? Do men feel differently about this than women, Im a guy for full disclosure. Is sexism a problem, is it worth discussing?