Over at fivethirtyeight, they've written an article on the inclusion of women and LGBT characters in Comic Books. The title of the article is a little misleading, but the content is very interesting.
Considering that this is a website that is largely dedicated to political analysis, this article does not bully or pander. It talks about comics in a way that actual comic readers will get something out of it (other than just bent out of shape). It also talks to writers and editors about their definitions of success when in comes to female and LGBT characters. Definitely an interesting read and something to cite in your next argument with a troll!