I just got a call from a number I didn’t recognize, from an area code I didn’t recognize. When I picked up, I heard a computer automated (not pre-recorded) voice say, “Hello. Because you are a preferred Air Transat customer, you will receive a special gift. Please press 1.”
So I hung up.
My weirdest phone call(s) ever happened on my college apartment’s land line, which I was required to have so the school could call me, but I couldn’t call anyone off campus without big ol’ fees. I never received any sketchy/non-campus calls on it except this one. It was pre-recorded, I received it at least a half-dozen times, and it always went like this:
ME: OH GOD
PHONE: Hello, this is your Captain speaking! YOU’VE WON A FREE TRIP TO-
Whenever I complain about how females are portrayed in mainstream superhero comics, inevitably half a dozen people pop up to tell me this:
“Men are idealized in comics, too.”
Yes. Yes they are. I am aware of this. While I think the idealism is harmful, that isn’t actually what I have a problem with. (Well, not the main thing.) Because while the men are impossibly muscular and the women are impossibly skinny/boobular, the men aren’t being sexualized out the wazoo.
It’s not the characters’ bodies themselves that are the biggest problem, but how they are dressed and posed. Tits out, ass out, lips pouty, legs spread, hips cocked, eyelids at half mast. Outfits that make Wonder Woman’s star spangled panties look fit for a Mormon picnic. Short skirts, cutouts, stilettos, fishnets, thigh-highs. I’m not describing Playboy here.
You don’t see male heroes wearing these costumes or posing like this. Outside of statistical outliers like Namor, their costumes tend to have full coverage, and when they pose, it’s to inspire fear, not boners.
To prove my point, I spent yesterday morning creating this:
Looks pretty ridiculous. You would never see this as a serious illustration. Comic fans would be in an uproar. Way too much man-ass. And you know he’s not going to be graceful on those heels. And why is he looking back with a come-hither look?
You might be thinking that I drew him extra sexy, just to prove my point. Well, perhaps you’d like to see the source image:
Yeah, I literally drew Man Canary right on top of her. (*snicker*) I drew Black Canary’s skeletal position, then added the idealized male superhero physique over top. See, it really isn’t his muscles that are freaking you out. It’s the fishnets doing their best to contain those man cheeks.
And it’s not just heroines who deal with this:
I feel uncomfortable looking at this. And also, perplexed. How is that costume staying on? I know most comic artists don’t have much experience with real-world fashion, but let me tell you, double sided tape does not work all that well in combat situations.
I get that some of these characters are “using their sexuality to blind men so they can attack them,” and I bet that could be an effective attack. But there are so many chicks doing this that even the dumbest, most weak-willed superhero/villain is going to catch on eventually.
And lest you think DC is all alone in this, I present you with this little gem:
SO MUCH BULGING MAN PELVIS!!! For everyone!
I actually had a lot of fun with this one. Most of the characters are actually pretty covered up. But between Black Cat’s absurd front zipper and her pose, yeah, it’s ridiculous.
There were so many more images I could have parodied, but I got tired of spending so much time rendering man ass.
Dudes, I want you to imagine a world where most of the portrayals of your gender in comics look like the above. Are you going to think “Well, I really like the stories so I’ll just suck it up and read this anyway”? Or are you going to be alienated from reading most comics? Be honest. Are you willing to stare at that much thrusting crotch just to find out if Spiderman is gonna win?
Lots of people in the comics business look at their demographic breakdown and think women don’t like superheroes. The creator of DC Women Kicking Ass made a very apt point when she said, “Let me put it this way, if you keep keeping putting food on a kid’s plate and they don’t eat you do you assume they don’t like to eat or they don’t like the food? Right.”
Women like comics. And not just flowery manga and autobio stuff. We like superheroes.
I don’t have a problem with cheesecake, and I don’t have a problem with lady-flesh. (I make a fair amount of money drawing lesbian porn.) But there’s a time and a place for it. Unless you are specifically going out of your way to create porn comics, stop putting porn in comics. Stop using Playboy for anatomy references! (I wish I was kidding about that.)
Now, there will still be many of you who are unconvinced, who think us ladies are making a big deal out of nothing, that this is trivial. Many of you will bring up examples of female superheroes who are covered up, non-sexualized, and non-idealized. I’m not denying that those characters exist, and that there are several. But there are still far too many female characters more concerned with showing- off ass, rather than kicking it.
- Armond White
- gay? i wish! simpsons
- how do i delete linkedin
- yakety axe
- frank spisak
- 1938 house elections
- feels bad man
- fake criterion
- california stars chords
- boy fights arrested development
A small sampling of this week…
- how to hang ties on a tie rack
- french fry
- stair tread
- tex cobb
- terracotter [sic] chimney
- cyberthug radio
- things nurses need
- cats drink water out of christmas tree stand
- ache per neuron
- why is wine four points on weight watchers
- loses a button bear
A Selection From This Week:
- Miley Cyrus
- gunman school board
- Scissor Sisters
- Henry and Glenn Forever
- priveleged (oddly, that’s one I miss a lot)
- The Manhattan Declaration
- Gawker Passwords
- Biblical Measurements
- Justin Bieber
- Lacrosse Players Shirtless
- Radical Salsa
- cthulu flask
- fanciest hotel in the world
- how to make friends
- “john john”
- zombie socks
- you’re killing me smalls
- men who were 5 foot 4 inches
- web md rash pictures
- space entropy
Can we stop claiming every awesome politician/artist/cartoon character as though we went on a vision quest in the wilderness and they appeared and showed us the essence of our being?
Really? Really? You people are aware that wearing war bonnets and bindis are appropriation, so how did this term slip under the racedar?
Yes, thank you. It has always bothered me when people use that phrase.
I’ve used this meme/tag a few times and now I feel like an inconsiderate asshole. I really should have realized, but it blew right over my head. Adding that to the list of things not to do. I will now refer to pictures of animals doing stupid shit as “this is what my soul looks like” or something equally ridiculous.
I’ve seen people using “this is my patronus” or “this is what my daemon looks like” instead.
And EGADS along with “never read the comments”, must I add “never read the reblogs”? It’s like reading off a bingo card: don’t you have more important things to do this is pc I am an equal opportunity offensive asshole pc pc.
I started playing Echo Bazaar because, if you allow my character to be “of an indistinct gender” I AM IN.
Please suggest to me what you consider APPROPRIATE ECHO BAZAAR MUSIC. Or if you don’t know what I’m talking about, GOIN’ ON AN ADVENTURE MUSIC?
I just started reading CHEW! I like it a lot so far.
I luuurve Curvy. Also, I get happy every time I see your hair color on my dash? Yes.
I heard the creators of Darwin Carmichael speak at NEWW, and since then I’ve been like I FULLY INTEND TO SIT DOWN AND READ THIS COMIC but then every time I remember that it exists I’m all OOPS.
that gif is AMAZING
Yeah, I realized the “favorite gif” question wasn’t the best for the ask box after I posted it. I love your fav character list!
You skipped fav smell, but I think I asked you that one before.
also YAY SATAH LIKES ME
I also accept lists, if y’all think any of the “favorite” questions are too broad.
I am a sucker for pictures of owls. Thanks for pandering/answering!
I dont care if you’re old or new I would love to get to know you.
Just leave it in my ask ok?
- Where You’re From:
- Favourite Colour:
- Favourite Type Of Music:
- Favourite Band:
- Why You Follow me:
- Something Random:
Yes, please. :( That surge of followers threw me off balance. I want to get to know you folks~~~
I think I’d like to know more about my followers too! But I’d prefer to know:
- Where you’re from (country, planet, building, your general sense of your place in reality metaphysically, whatever):
- Something or someone you think is sexy:
- Favorite webcomic:
- Favourite fictional character:
- Song you’d like to listen to on repeat at the moment (youtube links plz):
- Favorite smell:
- Why you follow me/how you heard about me:
- Your favorite GIF (or funny/meme picture, if you don’t have any GIFs):
- Is it ok if I publish this?:
And I’ll fill it out myself, later. Thanks!
edited to add the last question, and this link to the ask box!