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'X-Men' editor Jeanine Schaeffer: 'Men draw what they want to see'

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X-Men editor Jeanine Schaeffer has said that men "draw what they want to see".

The editor of Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel's new Marvel Comics series - which features an all-female starring cast - has discussed the challenge of representing women in comics.

"The issue, really, is that there are a lot of guys who draw what they want to see, which, you know, to each his own," she told Jezebel.

'X-Men #1' Terry Dodson variant cover

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"But it's that same reason why we need to constantly be on the lookout for more diversity in our creators. Because if everyone is coming from one point of view, you're gonna get the same stuff over and over again, and it might be stuff that won't, or can't, speak to a larger audience.

"And it's a hazard of working in mainstream comics. I've definitely worked on books that, looking back on, I wish I had spoken up about the way a woman was portrayed, or the way a woman was drawn.

"And in some cases, I wish I had even noticed! Those are the worst ones. But I keep them in mind and just try to do better the next time."

Schaeffer pointed out that in the 1940s there was a huge market for female comics readers.

'X-Men' #1 preview artwork

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'X-Men' #1 preview artwork



"I think the change is actually more general in that I think the conversation has become ever-present, and it's causing people to actually examine the process of handling female characters," she continued.

"Because there can't be change if people don't acknowledge that a change is needed.

"I believe that the first step is getting over that knee jerk reaction of, 'My female characters are fine! It would be the same if it was a man in their place!' and examining the situation in context, from outside your own limited point of view, and that's definitely happening."

X-Men #1 debuted last week.

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