I still have the feeling that having Black Canary around as Tim Drake’s biological aunt and Stephanie Brown to become an angry working mother figure and coach to her nieces cum Goth who takes it out on him would make one wonder if the earlier stories were sexist. Or at least really dated in its depiction of female characters.
I guess it would be sexist in that some writers would find it hard to believe somebody like her would be Tim’s blood aunt despite that there are actual children whose mothers dress skimpily and that even people like Beyonce are already somebody else’s mothers, aunts and wives. (That would necessitate actually having to see Dinah as a capable mother surrogate.)
She practically is one of sorts on Young Justice where she is their mentor. Had she been Tim’s blood aunt, there wouldn’t be any need for both Lady Shiva and Dana Winters as Dinah’s judge, jury and executer. Or at least essentially so. Now as for Steph becoming a working mother figure and coach to her nieces, this is enough to not only have her mature big time.
But also become more independent (if because she has to attend to her family first and foremost, especially if she’s made to do so and if/when they get sick at all). Maybe too mature as to be rather matronly for her age (even though there’s an even younger Chinese girl looking after her brother in a remote village on her own). Too independent to remain a sidekick anymore now that she’s got serious familial obligations.
That’s despite her own distrust of her other relatives at times (some real people feel the same way too and do play favourites themselves). If she also became Goth and makes her own gym equipment out of scratch (that she can also pull cars when needed), she’s practically Carol Danvers. Generally how unexpected this is and that both of them started out as girlfriends turned female counterparts who got impregnated.
(Keep in mind there are some teenagers who’re this self-responsible enough to do difficult situations on their own and there are likely some single mothers who’re practically like this too.)
Perhaps this might reflect a rather conflicted attitude towards working mums. If/when working mums are sometimes distrusted, in that they should stay at home and leave it to their husbands (though some point even housework got paid and some mums will do anything to work to support themselves and their families) that this makes Dinah into Tim’s blood aunt and Steph into a working mother figure difficult.
(As for Steph, this might come into conflicts of how they expect her to be and her becoming a working mother figure and coach to her nieces would be pretty shocking should it happen.)
If believed to be true among some writers, this could explain things even when there are cases where somebody’s female relative or wife also wore skimpy or racy clothing (moreso had she been a popstar) and ones where some teenagers are mature enough to take on difficult things like caring for their families a lot. But that would involve a real change of sorts.
Especially should they happen at all.