You might have seen the outrage of feminists and comic book fans when new images of the Spider Woman were released. She was highly sexualised, with her butt raised high in the air. The Oatmeal released this comical response. The aim is not to sexualise men, of course, but rather to highlight the ridiculous need to hyper-sexualise women comic book characters
“I drew Spider-Man like the new Spider-Woman (NSFW)… With great power comes great SpiderBulge.” – The Oatmeal.
4 thoughts on “Hyper-sexualisation of Women in Comic Books”
Have you seen the Hawk Eye project? I’ll have to check the name now. There’s a few tumblrs that collect submissions of male heroes drawn as females, in those poses. It’s hilarious.
You’re looking for the Hawkeye Initiative: http://thehawkeyeinitiative.com/
Joanna Staebler-Kimmel Ah. Thankyou. ^_^
Thanks Jane Satan Rakali and Joanna Staebler-Kimmel! I hadn’t see this Tumblr and it is awesome! I spent a bit of time laughing at the creative ways these artists spoofed sexism in comics and gaming. The Hawkeye Initiative led me to this story which is a terrific example of how even men who consider themselves progressive can overlook their own sexism. It focuses on “Brosie” a play on the sexualisation of Rosie the Riveter in a gaming company run by a man who thinks of himself as an ally to women. http://thehawkeyeinitiative.com/post/50432219744/special-guest-edition-the-hawkeye-initiative-irl
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