Posts tagged: women
LOVE. THESE. REDESIGNS. Kinda want the Catwoman hoodie.
STUNNING! These “practical” superheroine redesigns by Meredith McClaren are just to die for. I love how fashionable they are, how much they take into consideration the real world, there’s a practicality and function that is nevertheless completely badass. They’re also so far away from “basic catsuit” type stuff that it all feels so damn new and fresh!I mean…Look at that freaking Zatanna! I’ve never seen anything like that!
AND, you’ll be able to buy the original line art for some of these as she releases rewards this week for her AWESOME KICKSTARTER…although you guys are going to have to fight me for that Catwoman.
These are so amazing guys!
Meredith is beyond talented.
If you haven’t already you should go support her Kickstarter.
hi guys! this is a comic i made for a final in my comics in literature class. we had to do a research paper on a topic we’d discussed in class and then accompany it with a comic with a relevant subject. my paper was about hyper-sexualization of women in comic books, but i decided to broaden it out here as well as personalize it and make myself the subject and discuss something i’ve been subjected to in the convention circuit and on the internet as well as thousands of other women, as well as give a cue to thought about how the comic book industry as well as the video game industry and even just media in general (all of which are male dominated) push such ridiculous pressures onto girls and women.
also, it feels kind of silly to have to add this since i hope it’s obvious, but i am very aware that there are men that don’t subscribe to this attitude, and am incredibly grateful that these issues are brought to light to people other than the ones that are subjected to it.
anyway haha i have literally been staring at this for 9 hours i don’t even know which direction is up anymore. thanks for reading!!!
This comic accurately sums up my feelings towards those who complain about The Hawkeye Initiative.
look, I am a huge David Willis fan. He is funny, brilliant, and bang on the mark.
But this? This is the single best and most important comic he has ever done and I am going to keep reblogging it until people stop making the argument in the first panel.
I will never get tired of this
Before I start complaining about people, I want to start with that I am a geek, a nerd, a collector of comics and action figures, a Star Wars fanatic, a Batman buff, and a guy who likes to look at facts and the history behind everything.
This post bothers be for a number of reasons, but the primary one is that it assumes that all comics ever are like the ones now, being released in this overly sexualized age.
The fact of the matter, is that comics were made for boys, back in the 30’s and 40’s when young boys had lost their fathers to war and needed something to stand in and teach them how to live virtuously, and to grow up as good, respectable citizens who would be willing to lay down their life for friends, family, and country. WWI had ruined soldiers’ lives because it striped them of their masculinity and any identity that they held, thus the 20’s was a huge party that ended in collapse and the most epic of economic failures in America. This led to the 30’s where Americans were trying to regain their values and identity, becoming more…American.
Thus, Superman was born. The Man of Steel. A man that could not die, could not lose, who had virtue oozing out his ears. He was to be the role model to a generation of kids growing up in a country that was sucking some serious dick. Superman taught courage, justice, and honor to kids who many times did not have a father to teach them these things. Not only that, but he was the personification of an ideal America. An America that stood strong in the face of all hardship, overcame any challenge, and defended the weak and innocent.
Superman is the character that formed the base of the future of the comic industry.
Then came WWII, and Captain America. A man who was given abilities to match his character. A super-soldier. Captain America stood for America (more obviously than Superman), and was the epitome of American ideals. Not only that, he gave inspiration to boys who would soon find themselves being shipped off to a foreign country to fight a great evil. Captain America was the man who could punch Hitler in the face, and overcome the entire German army. He was the fictional soldier that gave inspiration to the real ones. And if he wasn’t inspiring them, then he was inspiring the boys back in America who were lacking fathers and brothers to guide them. Captain America was a pillar of virtue that all boys could strive to be. Bucky, his young companion, was the connection between the young boy and the grown man (His death however, showed the stark reality of war and the fact that even the soldier is mortal).
Captain America is the soldier that inspired the rest.
After WWII, Batman was the one to carry the torch. He was dark, fear inspiring, and human. He had no super powers, but relied on his intellect (and vast resources) to help him. Batman was the hero for a country that had fallen into darkness as the Korean War was starting and the Cold War loomed on the horizon. Batman wasn’t the fancy and undefeated character that Superman or Captain America had been, but was real, had weaknesses, could be beaten, but always came back and won, enforcing justice beyond what the law could do. Batman was the Dark Knight of a generation plagued by war.
Batman is the hero that blurred the line between the law and justice.
After the 50’s and going into the 60’s, comics lost their moral focus and became something of socio-political commentary and simply stories for pleasure, mostly just for pleasure. You have Robin taking off as Batman’s youthful side kick who brought an air of lightness to the dark stories of the 50’s (the Adam West Batman is a testimony to this). It was in the 60’s and 70’s that obscured the original intent of comic books, that being stories that could help boys grow up into virtuous men.
I would like to point out that there were female heroes, primarily Wonder Woman, who were the female counterparts to the predominately male cast of characters. However, these women were not overly sexualized, but followed in the same, moral vein as the other heroes, they were pillars of society.
In the 80’s, comics took a shift towards the darker themes of comic books, most notably A Death in the Family and The Dark Knight Returns (Batman comics that deal with death, loss, and the true corruption of society). At this time, there were romantic undertones between characters that had been established in the 60’s and 70’s, but that wasn’t the primary focus of these darker stories. Morality was being questioned and more adult themes were brought to the surface. Batman: Knightfall was another of these stories that changed the game. Batman had been broken and replaced by someone less focused on keeping people safe and more on ‘justice’. It was these themes that bled into the 90’s.
In the 90’s Superman died, and came back. Things became more whimsical and more heroes were introduced. This is the boom of comic book characters. Female characters began to reflect the social norms of women. Their costumes became more revealing and overly sexualized. The morality of the 30’s and 40’s had been thrown to the wayside, and pure entertainment ensued. Comic books were written for the enjoyment of the readers, not for the purpose of creating good citizens. Batman is caught in this weird place between the darkness of the 80’s and the entertainment of the 90’s (the Batman films of the era prove this point). Superman has become irrelevant after he is brought back to life, leaving fans feeling betrayed and lied to by the man who would never do such a thing. And Captain America…well…I’m not too sure what happened to the WWII vet other than that he was the leader of the Avengers. Either way, he had fallen to the wayside.
That brings us to the 2000’s and today, where tits are objectified and guys feel insecure about their masculinity.
I’ll say it right now, I don’t like how popular culture has objectified women, and I don’t like how that has carried over into the geek culture. It sucks, and personally, I hate it when people assume that because I look over an attractive female in a well made cosplay that I am some misogynistic asshole male who thinks women geeks are inferior to male geeks. It’s not true, and I speak for a number of guys who just want to be left alone because some guys are assholes. Which is a fact of life that women should understand because if you walk around a comic book convention in a skin tight, leather, Black Cat costume with plenty of cleavage showing, you’re going to attract attention, both good AND bad.
Anyways, I digress. The past 13 years have seen a nostalgic look back to the origins of comics, or at least to the origin stories of characters. Every single superhero story that has come out in the past 10 years has been an origin story, with the exception of the last 2 films in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (still fucking pissed at the implications about JGL being Robin. They could have at least given him a lesser known Robin name. In fact, Tim Drake would have been the best because he is the only Robin to figure out Batman’s secret identity, much like Officer Blake in The Dark Knight Rises, and yes Johnny Blake was a character from the comics, but he only showed up twice, once while being saved by Batman and another time when the Joker stole his report card). Anyways, these stories have flirted with morality, dark themes, social commentary, and pure entertainment (Green Lantern sucked because they tried to make it just an action movie. That one Superman movie sucked because it deviated significantly from the comic books. Avengers was awesome because it retained the original flavor of the comic books. And the Batman Trilogy was amazing because it brought back the darker issues of real justice and what it means to be “The Dark Knight”). And in the background of these more popular depictions, is the simple fact that you can’t turn on the tv for more than 20 min without seeing a busty, attractive woman, flaunting her sexuality, or perfectly chiseled men without their shirts on. It sucks, but is the honest truth. the past two decades or so has put sexuality into comics, and that is what people see, and what girls “object” to.
Its also worth noting that the original superheroes weren’t perfectly sculpted men to play out a “power fantasy” but rather because HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU GOING TO PICK UP A CAR AND THROW IT WITHOUT MUSCLES???
So yah, female sexuality should be down played in comic books, but that’s not going to happen. Guys shouldn’t try to argue that male characters are anything other than practically muscled (I mean, I don’t think Batman would have the body of a slim dancer or acrobat, but would look more like male gymnast mixed with martial arts fighter). And women are portrayed as if they were in normal media, but women have every right to feel offended about that, but DON’T BLAME THE COMIC BOOKS OR GUYS WHO READ COMIC BOOKS.
And if you’re wondering how all that stuff about the history ties in, its this: Comic books were meant to teach/show young boys to virtuous. As time went on, the audience, or at least marketed audience, has stayed the same, but the art and themes have changed. Now, comic books no longer fulfill their role as role-models, but are rather a form of entertainment meant to please the young, male audience, which unfortunately upsets and offends women readers.
If you read this, I applaud you, and hope that you took some time to at least think about what I have written. It’s not all I have to say about the issue, but I think gets my main point across, that comics have changed, but that doesn’t mean you have to bash those of us that don’t support the current trends in geek culture.
Hi. I already reblogged this once with the most dumbest part left bare and alone to be laughed at, but I think this needs to be seen in its full dumbness.
You know nothing about the history of comics. I mean, you seem to know something about Batman and Captain America and a buncha bullshitty stuff made up about them, but the world of comics is kind of bigger than those two.
There’s these little missing details like comics having been read by more women than men decades ago. It’s true. And there was a buttload of stuff for women to read — not just romance comics and Archie, but action ladies and actual full-fledged lady superheroes.
But y’know what happened? The Comics Code. Folks lost their shit about homosexuality and communism and so certain publishers used this public hysteria to their advantage to put their competitors out of business. These casualties included EC and its horror comics, yeah, but the world of the Comics Code stamped out the female demographic as well. And so a lot of the diversity of comics died out, leaving us with just a bunch of boy-targeted superheroes, which is what DC and Marvel wanted, so that was fine by them.
So, no. Congratulations, but you’re super fucking wrong.
Like, read a book, dude. Or Wikipedia, at least. You can start here.
(And you know what? Even if comics “were originally only for boys,” who cares? The United States was originally only for white land-owning males. If you were a lady or a nonwhite, non-land-owning male, you were out of luck. But we changed that, thankfully. I don’t think we should look to the past like that to justify our present.)
Man, I SHOULD be applauded for reading that. Maybe given a medal.
it was seriously awful
David Willis is awesome.
Vicky Form is a Mexican lingerie company that has recently released a campaign called ”New commandments for women.”
1. I shall never call another woman a whore.
2. No one can convince me from not wearing a condom.
3. I shall never get pregnant just to keep a man by my side.
4. No one can judge me based on the number of people I’ve slept with.
5. Is my responsibility to fight for my own (woman) rights.
6. I will not tolerate any kind of violence towards myself.
7. I will not fear or be ashamed if I find myself attracted to woman.
8. It is my decision if i want to get married or not. (and don’t deserve to be judged for it.)
I find this campaign to be a ‘big deal’ for the fact that is released in Mexico. One of the most sexists, closed minded and underdeveloped countries in the world.
Not so many companies take the risk to make advertisements like this because they’re obviously going to be criticized and possibly be affected by it.
Someone is taking the risk, telling the truth, and trying to get to the minds of the people. Sharing the fact that we are all human, and have to be equally treated like it, leading to a better and more developed society.
Its a big step for Mexico, and for women.
As a teacher, I give girls what I hope is a lot of attention. I don’t know if I give girls their fair share, but I aspire to, especially after noticing that boys are willing to use their greater share of teachers’ attention to get girls who they feel aren’t being quiet and docile enough punished. I have therefore acquired a reputation for “caring more about the girls.” This has had two marked results: Some straight boys have gotten more hostile toward me, and most girls have gotten more confident around me. This makes me think I’m doing something right.
Longer thoughts on how this phenomenon relates to sexual harassment in classrooms, if you’re interested: The girls figured out I won’t report them if they hit boys who are sexually harassing them, I’ll only report the boys. This led to an increase in how often girls got the last word and boys got smacked in my classes, and, also, to a DECREASE IN HOW OFTEN GIRLS GOT SEXUALLY HARASSED. The sexual harassers seem to have been depending on the sort of “equal blame” and “retaliation is never warranted” and “don’t hurt others’ feelings” perspectives so many schools try to instill in kids; the sexual harassers were usually the ones bringing me into the situation by saying, “Miss, she hit me! You should write her up!” Once they figured out I was only ever going to respond, “If you don’t treat girls like that, they won’t hit you,” the girls got more confident and the sexual harassers largely shut the fuck up.
In schools, fighting against sexual harassment is often punished exactly the same as, or more severely than, sexual harassment — a lot of discipline codes make no distinction between violence and violence in self-defence, and violence is ALWAYS the highest level of disciplinary infraction, whereas verbal sexual harassment rarely is. Sexual harassers, at least in the schools I’ve been in, rely heavily on GETTING GIRLS IN TROUBLE WITH HIGHER AUTHORITIES as a strategy of harassment — creating an external punishment that penalises girls for and therefore discourages girls from fighting back. Sexual harassers are willing to use their greater share of floorspace to ask to get girls who won’t date them punished. By and large, teachers do punish those girls when they swear or hit. Schools condition girls to ignore sexual harassment by punishing them when they speak up or fight back instead.
Once the sexual harassers in my classes understood that girls wouldn’t be punished for rejecting them, they backed off around me. And there started to be a flip in what conversations I get called into — girls are telling me when boys are being nasty (too loud and dominant), instead of boys telling me when girls are being uncooperative (louder and more dominant than boys think they should be).
reblogging again for the wonderful commentary.
when men are jealous of other men, it’s a topic worthy of entire books and plays, which may be lauded and analyzed for grand themes and homoerotic subtext. but women dare write a few songs about their jealousy of other women, and suddenly it’s proof that those women are catty…
Done doing these so here they all are in one place! Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines.
Point of this: An exercise in character design, attempting to clothe the heroines nearly all the way and not making them painted-on, while still keeping the look of their original costumes in some way. Hopefully keeping them looking as iconic as the originally were. Just showing what can be done with a costume breaking outside the barrier of the norm.
NOT the point of this: some moral code I’m trying to push on you
Sorry if there was a character you wanted me to do that I didn’t get to!
Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of either gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.
Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.
Is that Grumpy Cat in the corner? ::notices tentacles and top hat and other things::
My coworkers think eschergirls is really amusing, i showed them this one today and much fun was had.
First is just a “seeing this from other side” draw over, which is super horrifying, then two different fixes from us of the original which are both equally if not more hot than the original? But way less broken?
Then the last one was just a natural progression my coworker made of where the original drawing must have been going :U
I like the drawing of what she’d look like from the other side.