Women, comics and elastic spines(10 Posts)
Thought you'd appreciate this blog in a kind of laugh-or-cry way.
It's a blog about the ridiculous poses female comic book characters are put into purely to look "sexy". Quite what is sexy about looking like the spine has been replaced with jelly is anyone's guess however.
This is probably the most overdone pose, which they've nicknamed the boobs and butt pose, because, let's face it, that is all it is about.
Despite most of these poses being applied to characters who are meant to be tough/strong/independent/good fighters if a real woman was to attempt any of these poses they'd definitely be no use in a fight!
Oh dear God.
Oh there's no hope really, is there??
I've looked at 24 pages so far, and I'm still amazed by just how wrong these depictions of the female figure are! Does nothing to stop the stereotype of male comic fans never meeting real women does it?
Sad that being able to cram as many boobs/butt into a picture seems to be rated higher than actually being able to draw!
I think that some of these crime fighters are spending more time trying to look good than actually fighting crime. Such a waste of their super powers.
This is an interesting post on that blog
Anonymous asked: I love the Tumblr, it's always good for a laugh (although incredibly cringeworthy). I was wondering what you think about the Storm series illustrated by Don Lawrence? I just checked some of the albums and so far, no swivel waists, boobs growing from strange places or contortionist anatomy. Do you think actually being allowed to show nudity quells this urge to come up with desperate poses that will show teh sexy? (of course, the Wikipedia page shows the WORST possible example from the series)
Actually, Ive been thinking along those lines for a while. From my experience, a lot of actual porn comics seem to have way better poses (not always anatomy, but then its porn) and it feels like the artists, knowing that they get to draw sex and actual naked women, dont do this hee hee hee, Im so naughty! thing that we see in (what should be) non-porn comics, with the need to stick butt and boob in every shot even if it doesnt work, and the stupid costumes. As I said in a post 2 months ago, a lot of these artists act like theyre NEVER going to draw a sexy woman again, and they NEED to put all the butt and boobs into a frame they can. (I also dont understand why women cant be sexy while looking strong. Especially, given that youre drawing and writing HEROES. If you arent interested in heroic poses, perhaps porn and not superheroes is more your thing?)
Pay the artists who clearly WANT to draw porn. Give the niche that WANTS porn their porn and quit with the chainmail bikinis and this is totally not porn if I dont draw her nipples art, and lets have actual superhero comics that are about our power fantasies of being strong and amazing and powerful and having adventures. Theres a place for Supergirl porn, and a place for Supergirl beating the crap out of giant robots. I have no problem with that. I have a problem when Supergirls arms are the size of drinking straws and shes busy posing her breasts to the camera so her waist is swiveling and theres no way she can be actually fighting that robot.
PS: I dont think this is a magical cure to Escher Girls in comics though. Artists still need to stop treating women as an alien species that theyre making up. They need to get over seeing every frame with a woman in it as a lingerie ad, and they need to care more about our poses and anatomy outside of just drawing our breasts. They seem able to do it for men, women really arent that different. Really. You can look outside your window. Were EVERYWHERE. (Though, if they think were an alien race, that might scare them.)
Yeah, not entirely surprisingly. Though at least they are drawings of women rather than actual women.
There's also animated porn, which is a little odd. Mostly as it just makes me think of how stupid someone must feel standing in a recording studio making sex noises.
Yeah, I see your point OP, but it's fantasy. The male superheroes look pretty unrealistic too. I have to confess I really like manga style art.
As for porn comics/animation - isn't that the ultimate in ethical porn? No one was forced or coerced in its making.
The male superheroes are unrealistic in that they are super human though, the unrealism is focussed around making them look tougher/scarier/more dangerous, eg. the oversized muscles. So it's a logical exagerration, it adds to the story.
The female superheroes, despite also being super human and tough/dangerous are unrealistic in ways that aren't logical. Eg. the boobs/butt pose
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