Actually, Starfire has had several incidences of people reacting 'badly' to her choice of wear and her amused responses. She's been quoted as finding human prudishness amusing and nonsensical, given our predilection and focus for sex. She's NOT empowered by scant clothing, to HER it's normal. It just IS.
That's the big difference here. To HER, it's not a weapon, not a statement against anything, it just is a part of her and her culture. Ironically, that we (the real world) get up in arms only proves her point. The point of a fictional character.
Or at least, that's how I've seen her portrayed. I could, of course, be wrong.
Point being, she was written that way on purpose.
She's 100% fanservice from the word go. It is, as you point out, a core aspect of the character. How does that make it better rather than worse?
Unrelated: man, work really has a way of slowing down one's ability to respond to these conversations in an expedient fashion. x.x
If you're serious there, I'd ask you to please not put words in my mouth.
There's a difference between "retarded" and "socially retarded" in their commonly used meanings. "Retarded" is generally either describing someone suffering from severe mental retardation or used as an insult. "Socially Retarded" is usually used to describe someone who is completely clueless about how to act in 'normal' social settings and situations.
Also, not once did I say -all- geeks were like that. That would be generalizing. In fact, I alluded to the fact that not all geeks are unaware of what kind of behavior is socially inappropriate... but I firmly believe that most of them (that would be over 50%) are clueless to varying degrees.
I didn't put anything in your mouth. Let's recap, shall we?
Some know that this behavior is unacceptable, but I believe that most don't. Much of this social cluelessness stems from actual mental disorders as well.
So, wait, back up: you're upset by someone labeling male geek culture as globally sexist and misogynistic, but you're okay with calling the majority of geeks retarded.
So yes, you called them actually
retarded, and I did not claim you were labeling all
geeks as such, only most of them, which you politely confirmed in your post quoted above. That part where you say "but I firmly believe that most of them (that would be over 50%) are clueless to varying degrees?" Unless you have evidence to support that number, yeah, that's still generalizing the majority, which is exactly what I said you were doing. Glad we could clear that up.
If you don't want people to question you about saying ridiculously hypocritical things, you could, y'know, not say them. Just a thought. >.>