- Nov 26, 2008
Equality means that you, as a consumer, are 1 vote and that every other consumer is also 1 vote. It does not mean that women consumers are given exactly equal representation even if the consumer demographic leans towards one side rather than the other. Otherwise, that would be inequality with one side being given a voice that is disproportionate to their numbers.Trishbot said:
As a female reader, I just want equality with the men. Fine, you want to draw Spider-Woman with a suit that is so tight it MUST be sprayed on latex with her butt cheeks spread so wide you can park a jumbo jet between them, looking like she's presenting herself to the entire city of New York? Sure. But do the same for Spider-man now too.
This would be like us demanding equality on the cover of romance novels in which males are often depicted as half naked stud muffins.
Not only that, but this is a non-standard cover. It's a rare limited edition cover that isn't the main one so you're just being critical of art existing at all which is frankly ridiculous.
In any event, men are also sexualized in comics. It's just that the female form has more commonly exaggerated features. The picture you posted above are non-sexy depictions of males because males are generally considered sexier with a toned ass and not a bubble ass like you depicted. That is, however, attractive on females. Sorry if you find that offensive but I'll give you a hint, bubble-assed girl art isn't made for you specifically because you're not the only consumer.
Believe me, if men had a thing like crabs have where a large right-arm is depicted as sexy/attractive. Then our superheros would have absolutely massive ones.
As is, we're culturally attractive by muscle definition whether bulk or toned depending on the viewer. We don't really have anything else. Maybe boyish and then there's entire genres dedicated to you. You can maybe make an argument that rugged vs boyish features in general are there too.
Either way, none of it's as exaggerate-able as breasts, butt, legs, and eyes that are seen as particularly attractive in females. A massively exaggerated male like the Hulk is too much. So the standard but very toned type is the one they go with.
So, sorry, but in a sexually dimorphic species you're just going to have to deal with the fact that we are different.
FYI, Sif is one of my all time favorite badass female heroes. I'm still waiting for them to make her mainstream. Hell, scratch the female part, she's one of my all-time favorite heroes.
Sure, the poses emphasize features which are deemed particularly attractive culturally. A grown man with a bubble butt would actually be deemed less attractive. Women with large breasts are. To the point that women will actually undergo a medical procedure to look that way. Men with large breasts? Not so much.garjian said:That's the way I wish things were... (Well, besides that Hulk.)
Although, most superheroes, male or female, were skin-tight suits, it's the poses and what's emphasised that's key.
I'm starting to do a fair bit of drawing now for a project of mine, and I hope I never find reason to hold back on the sexualisation of any of my characters. If they can "get away" with what they do, I'm shooting for the same, but for everyone.
So you're exactly right, both sexes are depicted in skin tight clothing. Both are as sexualized as they're going to get. Complaining that men aren't exaggerated in the same way as women is a lot like complaining that society doesn't find neck fat attractive.