I had an entirely different writer's block Wednesday subject that I was working on earlier, and then...this popped up on my Facebook dash.
Now, I prefer original Harley Quinn as much as the next person, but it boggles my mind that this picture/meme thing even exists. First, there are plenty of female comic book character outfits out there that are just as (if not more) revealing than this new Harley getup - be it from ten years ago, twenty years ago, or beyond.
The wording could have been different here; it could have said something more along the lines of "remember when Harley Quinn wasn't treated as a mere sex object?" That, at least, would have been better than the blatant slut-shaming.
There's so much more that I'd like to say in regards to this meme. What it means for costuming and cosplayers - or maybe rather, what it implies about those who want to wear a Harley costume, regardless which one of the two that person wants to wear. About how Harley was already a character with pretty major issues (it is implied that she "slept her way through passing college", and she is clearly eager to be manipulated by the Joker because of her feelings for him) and that putting her in a skimpier outfit doesn't just suddenly make her into a sex object in and of itself.
It's 2013, people. Get your heads out of your asses.