By Silver_Raven 96 Comments
With the potentially hopeful outcome of AvX, I am excited to see new mutants emerging all over the world again, and having power unique to themselves.
But before then i would like to point out some things i have noticed as a woman of colour and fan of the X-books.
Like why are most telepaths female. And why is psychic power usually viewed as more feminine. And when male characters are psychic they have telekinesis or are more powerful in their portrayal. There is also the trend to give women defensive powers like force fields, flexibility or intanibility.
Then on the other end why are super-strong characters usually male. And big and covered with muscles. But the few girls with the same power have slight and slender bodies. Or why most physical mutations are given to the male characters to preserve the beauty of women.
I also think there are also several characters with powers that are racially/ethnically inspired. Especially when compared to the diversity and distribution of white characters' powers. It can be a little unsettling. Take for example Frenzy whose name and power implies agressive black woman. Or Collective Man, from China, whose powers come from merging 5 individual brothers into one single man and eliminating their separate identities. Or Dust or Bling!
The X-books already suffer from a lack of representation, and to have these few characters only magnifies the problem that certain people will take issue with. Certain stereotypes or misconception are just perpetuated if there is not enough diversity to counteract bad impressions. I really want by next to see a whole array of new mutant character with unique powers and backgrounds. And statistically a lot of them should come from the Southern Hemisphere.
Anyone else have opinions on this?