Sudden Kate feelings ahead! Bear with me!
Seriously. Can we talk about this girl?
Kate is a badass— that’s as clear as can be. She’s formidable in a fight and can hold her own despite her lack of superpowers. She’s beyond talented at what she does, her skill with a bow rivals that of Clint’s, who is roughly 15 years her senior! She’s persistent, hardworking, and doesn’t need anyone to take care of her.
But! She’s also feminine. She’s exhibited an interest in fashion, and often dresses in a distinctly feminine clothes— even her superhero-ing costumes have a girly touch! Even look at the YA #5 variant! It’s important to have characters like her, who show that masculinity is not a prerequisite for strong characters and battle prowess.
AND! Kate is comfortable with her sexuality. She and Noh Varr have a one night stand, and she chooses to ignore the BS society feeds her, and accept that fact happily. She likes sex. Her and Noh Varr had a good time. So she’s not going to deny herself that joy because of the double standards placed upon women.
Long story short, Kate Bishop is awesome. Awesome through and through.