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Irontruth wrote:Showing a character in a negative light is not the same as perpetuating a negative stereotype.
Well, it's not the individual action that's the problem. It's the trend of the action being taken time and time again, and it isn't really something where you can blame the artists themselves. That's where the numbers game becomes so important. You don't say you can't portray black criminals, you try to portray more black heroes and non-black criminals to buck the trend.
Really, though, numbers are only one facet. If you see lots of transwomen but all they do is entrap men into sex for the audience's amusement, you still have a problem.
And that's the basic point. The numbers can solve one problem that Lord Snow rightly points out: Black Widow is by far the most prominent women in the entire Marvel movie franchise, so any problems with her portrayal are easily taken to be problems with the portrayal of women in general.
If the franchise was full of female heroes, even if they all had their own issues, they wouldn't each be stand-ins for all women.
OTOH, if they all get basically the same stereotyped portrayal, that doesn't solve anything either. You need not only more numbers, but characters in a broad variety of roles, with different problems and different parts to play - heroes and villains and love interests and all the same variety the straight white men have always had. It's not actually like women have actually ever been rare in movies - they've just been limited in what roles they could take. Numbers haven't solved that problem.