DAMMIT this is hard.
If a real person is saying this, they are absolutely right. BUT men who draw super-sexy ladies in comic books will also say this to “explain” the fashion “choices” of a fictional woman. Wonder Woman cannot make choices. She only does what the writer of the story decides.
So while it is not unreasonable to say a character “wears what she wants” and attribute it to her personality, the fact is a lot of female superheroes wear revealing clothes for one reason only: to appeal to male readers.
(either way it is gross to call a woman slut because of what she’s wearing)
All true, but in this case the artist is a woman, and Wonder Woman has been reconsidered specifically as part of DC’s initiative to bring in a new audience of teenage girls. Context is everything. If this dialogue were, say, Frank Cho justifying why he draws Power Girl’s boob window so large she should be flashing areola whenever she moves, sure, that would be comics being gross as usual. But here? This strikes me as a good message, not sleazy justification.
Comics Alliance has done some really great pieces on DC’s new girls-focused projects (Wonder Woman and Batgirl). And those articles are also written by female critics, so it’s not just mansplaining like I’m doing here. I, for one, welcome our new diverse overlords. God knows we straight white dudes have made a hash of it.
thanks for adding context, I didn’t know the full story behind this particular piece.