I hadn't paid muich attention, as I'm not even diagonally a Spoiler fan, until this conversation started. It has a few good comments, and one really stuck out at me. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the threadlink to work, so I'm just going to quote it here.
From Annalisa Maria LaRoza in response to the post Make some noise:
Hm. What do I want from comics' and their females?
I want to be able to read comics without ending up feeling split on whether or not a certain female character's death was 'sexualized' and over-glorified to ridiculous proportions *cough*nuffsaid*cough*
And then you have the differing mentalities behind the death sequences: A male character goes out like a 'true hero' by being blasted in the head. A female character is put through a drawn-out death sequence involving torture with power tools, being beat up, shot, and dying in bed, denied medication. And why does that happen? Because "She deserved every bit of it"?
And then when you show the aforementioned female hanging from chains by her wrists, with her cape hiked up to show her tight spandex-clad form that leaves little to the imagination, or a shot of her dying and her costume shredded up to expose her..yeah.
I'm sure there's better examples than the ones I gave, but those are what came to mind. Though Infinite Crisis was basically a blip on the radar as far as things are concerned for me, Phantom Lady's death, when compared to her male teammates, was the most gruesome.
Black Condor simply got shot through the chest by a beam, while Human Bomb got pummeled to death and imploded on himself. The last one was brutal enough, but then you have Phantom Lady being torn up by claws, when she gets stabbed through the breasts. We're treated to a closeup of her dying, the sword/staff shoved through her exposed chest, and blood gushing out. Then we see a (shadowed out but still overly gross) shot of her dead body starting to slide down the object that impaled her.
It didn't bother me as much when I first read it, as I basically breezed through the issue. But after going back and reading IC as a whole, it's just..wrong. A 'quick' female death I could think of would be Pantha, as she was done away with in a single panel. But then, they showed her decapitated head boucning around on the ground afterwards..so..I don't know.
There should be more diversity in the females, especially in the young girls section. We need more fully-developed (in personality, people!), strong girl characters, and less tarted up, overly-'sexy' ones who seem to only be put in for the 'girl' character slot and the 'sex appeal' factor.
Sadly, in most of DC's team books, the females in the group fall to the background alot. Outsiders has three, yet the guys get more of the attention and spotlight. Then there's the point of the girls being mostly in the T&A/sex factor there. Teen Titans' girls were simply 'there', though it looks like we may see some developments with Rose and Cassie.
There doesn't seem to be enough 'cute chick' characters one can relate to these days in DC. They're either killed off, forgotten, or fall into the old cookie-cutter mold.
Marvel has this problem as well, but as I don't regularly buy their books, I wouldn't know how long it's gone on for. The same thing could be said for Image and other related companies.
It's funny looking at the old Silver Age comics when female heroes (Batwoman, Bat-Girl, etc.) were portrayed as extremely vain and weak-willed against men, and couldn't hold their own without getting 'runs in their tights' or busy fawning over the 'hot' man heroes.
Though some things have changed, others have remained the same. I'd like to think that if characters back then were written today, they'd have more to them. However, with how things seem to be going..I'm not so sure now.
For instance, with the new Batwoman, whoever it may be, will she only be shown as "Hey! Look, it's like Batman, but not! 'Cause she's a WOMAN!". If so, that's scary, to say the least. I want to be drawn into a book by the character and their own appeal, not by the 'because she's hot and a girl' hook.
...I just want to read comics without all this complication, that's all.
I think I've blathered enough on the subject. That's what comes to mind, though.