“By the same token, sexy is not exploitative, and exploitation is dishonest. Reverse that chain and you can see that, whoever you are writing, if you are honest about them, fair to them, and allow them their moments of brilliance, you can create that sexiness without it becoming pandering. Sexy is not a visual trait - that’s titillation. Cheesecake, beefcake, those are entirely visual matters. What makes someone sexy - what makes anyone sexy, in my opinion - is less how they look than how they do. Competence is sexy. Capability is sexy. Confidence is sexy. Smart is sexy. A character who clearly embodies these traits in some capacity or another is a character who is going to be attractive.
Bending over to pick up a dropped pen with your ass high in the air isn’t sexy, that’s just a butt shot. We confuse arousing with sexy in the same way we confuse strength with cruelty. A strong character isn’t, by definition, a mean one, but the confusion between the two has lead to a shorthand where the attempt to depict a female character as “strong” translates to “bitch.” They’re not the same. Strength is part of character, as well - those characters who know what they want, know what they’re willing to do to achieve those goals, and who rise again and again against opposition are, by definition, strong.”
Greg Rucka (via ComicVine)
I really dare anyone to find me another male writer who respects women and understands women better than Greg Rucka. Actually, I’ll take it a step further, I dare you to find another male writer who respects MEN and understands the concept of all the incredibly damaging stereotypes we have about what it means to be “masculine” better than Greg Rucka.
DC Comics has not been the same without him. His loss is deeply, deeply felt. And I firmly believe that if he was running DC Comics in place of the men in power now it would be a far different and better place not only for women but for men as well.
I miss Greg all the time. We disagreed about approach sometimes, but we always knew that we had each other’s back and that we cared about the integrity of the work FIRST, before other considerations.
I don’t believe he’s gone from DC forever. We almost did a Huntress/Question book together, or at least we pitched it (couldn’t do it, Huntress was being used elsewhere). I am hoping to have him back, his voice is sorely missed.