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Sexualized Spider-Woman makes the web sling some hate

Spider-Woman cover art, as drawn by Milo Manara
Spider-Woman cover art, as drawn by Milo Manara

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Female superheroes can be great at kicking butt, but Spider-Woman has gotten a lot of negative attention for showing too much of her own.

In an alternate cover to an upcoming issue, the heroine is perched on top of a skyscraper. Some fans object to the way she's positioned: on all fours with a bodysuit that's designed to look painted on, and her butt is pushed up high into the air.

As one commenter on Twitter writes, "Shaking my head, Marvel turns Spiderwoman into a porn star and causes outrage."

Yet this isn't the only instance this week of a negative reaction to how woman are portrayed in pop culture. In the upcoming installment Super Smash Brothers, an alternate costume for the character Samus Aran is her in a skimpy sports bra and panty set.

While it draws on her design in a past game and the creator made a point to say that a female programmer designed the outfit, some gamers say the suggestive look goes too far.

Meanwhile, an upcoming straight-to-DVD Scooby-Doo movie has Daphne cursed to swell from a size 2 to a size 8. She's mortified (and looks more like a size 18), but the message it sends to young girls is that gaining weight of any kind is horrific.

Melody Severns, president and founder of Girls Drawin' Girls, says that even though it's 2014, it's still surprising to see that these kind of images persist in pop culture.