My friend Ami has an amazing tumblr called Escher Girls. She posts pictures of anatomical injustices in “professional” comic books and, with the help of the community, critiques them.
Really? Do we have to take away the sexy comic book babes from the nerdy 15 year old boys? I mean, that’s basically all they have at that point in their lives.
No. No, it isn’t.
It might have been everything that you or that a friend of yours had at that point in your life, but please don’t speak for everyone. I don’t take it kindly when someone from the internet tries to erase what I or my friends actually lived through.
At fifteen I wrote, read feminist texts, made some friends, played video games for fourteen hours a day, got over a very bad and unhealthy crush. This is my experience but I’m willing to say that it’s more representative of fifteen year old nerds as a whole than the one you describe.
Yes, women in comic books are portrayed as ridiculous sex objects.
That’s. The. Whole. Point.
Like they say about gay marriage: if you don’t like it, don’t get one. And if you don’t like the way women are portrayed in comic books, how about you not buy them, and leave the 15 year old nerd boys alone?
Please check your straight privilege in at the door. Not every comic-reading teenager is a straight male. Some of us actually read comics in spite of the anatomically disgusting, libido swelling poses, not because of them. We are not to be blamed for wanting to point out where the comics industry fails and how it could do better.
The point of the comics industry is to tell a good story; it is not to supply you with bad superhero porn, which is one of a fanbase’s many jobs and one it does plenty well on its own.
now, there is a similar system in the minds of 15 year old boys, which is used to evaluate how sexy a woman is. and that system can be modeled and exploited. and it is, by the comic book industry, because it sells comics.
what I’m saying here is, comic book babes are the donuts for the (15 year old) male model of female desirability. they are something which could never possibly exist in a state of nature. they are designed to peg the scales in every direction at the same.
yes, they are a completely unrealistic, unfair, impossible standard of attractiveness to live up to. and that’s the whole point. they are just a fantasy. they are not a threat.
everything has its place.
Wow. You think so highly of us as a species, don’t you? I’m not going to touch upon the donut analogy (or the race car analogy you made earlier) because there are enough problems with it to prompt another post or two all by itself.
Is it so unthinkable that some teenage nerds might not be straight males? perpetually horny? sexist?
Is it so unthinkable that some people are part of the asexuality spectrum? that some people know of better places to get porn from? that people might want comic books to rise from the stereotype of cum and barbecue sauce stained rags?
If maintaining your libido’s really that high a priority, please go take off the smut filters on google or duckduckgo and blast off to actual porn. There’s nothing wrong with sexy women; the problem comes when you act as if you’re entitled to all women being depicted as sexy or when you act as if it’s okay for a woman in a serious work to be depicted as nothing but a sex symbol.