March 17, 2014


Spy Vibe recommends leather for your active week ahead. Let's face it, it's frustrating when your outfit rips every time you have to dodge bullets on the back of your scooter or when you give a few Judo throws in a dark alley. And don't even mention those midnight strolls over the rooftops! Leather catsuits, especially made for our heroines, are a time-proven solution for your well-dressed adventures. I will be talking with Trina Robbins (Miss Fury, Wonder Woman, Honey West) tomorrow on Spy Vibe about the great female action characters from comics, movies, and television. How have women's roles changed in society and how are those roles reflected in pop culture? Trina has recently published a new history of female cartoonists, as well as Miss Fury and Honey West comics. Stay tuned for our interview! 

In the meantime, Spy Vibe hosts this fashion show of favorite catsuits. Before this style became hyper-sexualized with exaggerated physicality and shiny latex, it was the original design for cool athletic lady detectives, jewel thieves, and spies. From a time when women in pop culture could be erotic by being strong, characters didn't have to play the card of sexual availability- too often, as Gloria Steinem has pointed out, the only game in town for women to claim power. Figures like Irma Vepp (Les Vampires/1915), Miss Fury (1940s), Cathy Gale (The Avengers/1964), Mrs Peel (The Avengers/1965), Honey West (1965), Marianne Faithful (Girl On a Motorcycle/1968)), and Catwoman (1966) below show us a far more nuanced possibility. Lady Spy Vibers never settle for less. And yes, those catsuits! Related posts: Kinky BootsPeeling Off the Trenchcoats, Mods to Moongirls. Check out my spring sale on eBay here. Love the fashion? I've included a promo collage below. Enjoy!

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