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August 1st, 2012 #1
Breaking Gender Roles
Am not sure if posting this here would be appropriate but i think a few of you may enjoy partaking in this.
It's a competition to design a superheroine with non-stereotypical design...
but i'm more interested to discuss what people feel is more appropriate, noting the actual motivation for this contest. Do SuperHeroins need to actually be more female-adonis type beings or should there be more lee-way in their shape.
i am fully aware that this is obviously sexist, it's wrong to declare that comic readers only designate a single look as attractive and acceptable, it's offensive to both genders for the pressure and the assumption. But i'd like to know if people believe that the legacy of comics is more important than a development like this.
August 1st, 2012 #2
If the legacy of comics depends on sexist, manchild-fantasy depictions of women, it's a pretty poor legacy. They are about more than that and they can be better.
This contest rules.
August 1st, 2012 #3
I KNOW RIGHT!? xDDD
well yeah, and at the same time comics are making great strides, there being gay characters popping up all over these days...
but the female archetyping needs to be countered... badly.
at least X-Men usually make a large range of character types. also at least internal struggle and understanding is harnessed greatly throughout modern comics, representing good logic in characters (see RUNAWAYS)
August 1st, 2012 #4
I've been planning for a little while now to do a Female Frazetta Death-dealer. Haven't gotten around to it yet though.
August 1st, 2012 #5
I think whole superhero/superheroine concept leads to such sterotypes. I grew up reading european comics and never really experienced lack of variety in female characters. Mainly beacause there are many different stories and not neccessarily about idealised modern day warriors fighting with organised crime or some other evil force.
Also I don't understand why the main chosen approach for breaking stereotype is that you need to go for completely opposite of slim character. Superhero usually needs to be pretty fit in order to face dangers and enemies so being fat is not the first option. I would be into more subtle differences in look (or just leave the superhero stories altogether and focus on telling story about normal people experiencing unusual situation).
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I would just be happy if they made it look like their female superheroes had spines, and internal organs...
Honestly though, strong people don't necessarily have to be slim. Look at Holley Mangold, for example! I wouldn't want to rumble with her, and I think a female hero with her physique would be awesome and definitely something different.
Let artists reference their poses from Olympic athletes, not porn stars.
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August 1st, 2012 #8
August 1st, 2012 #9Originally Posted by Maidith
By fat I mostly mean the amount of fat vs amount of muscle. There are people with different size of body frame and all can be athletic.
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August 1st, 2012 #10
But that's the thing across all media, isn't it. You can't be a heroine unless you're fairly conventionally attractive. We can't have ugly people on the teevee except on government-subsidized channels.
Edit: But you know what? Fuck mainstream superhero comics, they're practically irrelevant except as excuses for Time Warner to go make a movie. There's an indie comic for whatever floats your boat. If you want to read comics with plump ladies try Strangers in Paradise or Love and Rockets.
August 1st, 2012 #11
I've read more carefully the contest description and at first glance that Batwoman piece seemed typical attractive female comic character. To my surprise it was described as fat and not fitting the industry standard... well. Not really much to talk about. This is one of the many reasons why I don't read superhero comic. Luckily I got many alternatives.
August 1st, 2012 #12
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Out of the whole roster of female X-men, for example, only 6 out of 39 have physical powers like super-strength or super-speed (that aren't related to shape-shifting). That's a very small minority. The rest of 'em could easily sit on their collective ass and lob fireballs into battle.
But since, as bcarman said, it's all about who's wanking to what, it hardly matters. Nobody's going to point out that Emma Frost can't fight in lingerie, much less toss her for someone who makes sense. I say don't worry about it, it's so easy to make and distribute a comic online these days that everybody's growing their own.
August 1st, 2012 #15
Although a manga/game design I kinda appreciated this look
Sure there's the boobs, but she still looks like she can break your back.
August 1st, 2012 #16
well if you read through the competition it's noted that you may translate 'fat' as you please... they're just going for non-conventional.
though i agree that yes, fitness means a lack of fat, but really, all i'm wishing for is to see some actual body bulk as opposed to skinlings.
But hey, i personally am a Frazetta man... so gimme the hips!
I seem to recall, with some regrets, that GLEE had a non-conventional in it's second season or something... and she was not actually all that hideous
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Superheriones are constrained by the same media standards as every other female. Whether this is right or wrong is irrelevant, but (US) society has come up with its own depiction of what women should be and artists aren't immune to wanting to idealize their heroines.
That said, as the Manga character illustrated, this isn't required in order to create a good character, it's just what people naturally gravitate toward.
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August 1st, 2012 #21
I hate discussions like this. This is not about perception but the young boner marketplace. Size often has nothing to do with athleticism. Arguably the fittest olympians are water polo athletes. Having anti contests only serve to point more to the original prejudice.
August 1st, 2012 #22
IE. Having to applaud having a character like Lin BeiFong in Legend of Korra because she's not the stereotype of young kids kicking ass. Yet there's always a wise old monk/kung fu male master/fat drunk guy who knows how to kick butt etc... Should it really have been that hard to extend it to a female character? The way the market is...yeah it's kinda like...wtf.
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Less of this:
More of this:
And even some of this (older people)
August 1st, 2012 #25
You don't have to be skinny and curvaceous to be "fit". There's plenty of big burly women in the real world who could whoop anyone's ass, and they'd make great characters.
This is why I've always loved the Akira manga - it features a big burly middle-aged lady who can beat up anybody with guns, rocket-launchers, tanks, or her bare hands. LOVE LOVE LOVE that character. Bonus points, it also has what is essentially a little old lady with whoop-ass superpowers saving the world.
I could do with lots more middle-aged and older people, personally. I'm sick of comics and manga where the entire cast is 15 - 20. (I know, I know, it appeals to 15 year olds, but come on...)
August 1st, 2012 #26
She was at SDCC and the tumblr mentions that she isn't the best artist...it was http://manboobmaiden.tumblr.com/post...-book-industry
She mentions it was the piece she got the most flack for, so obviously she has other pieces she submitted.
“Her breasts are much too small and do not have the lift that superhero women should have. Her jawline is fat and her neck much too long. The style of her hair is clunky and does not flow in a sense that a super human would. Her hips, waist and thighs are too big and she honestly looks fat. No one is going to want to read a comic with a fat female protagonist. I honestly recommend looking at issues of Sport’s Illustrated to get the right anatomy. Those women are the peak of human perfection, and that is what we want in this industry.”
August 2nd, 2012 #27
I like fat chicks.
August 2nd, 2012 #28
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August 2nd, 2012 #29
I (generally) like eschergirls, and the underlying issues it raises are legitimate and important. However, that post with the Batwoman pic really raised my hackles, since the drawing has a TON of problems, many of which are legitimately, if not diplomatically, addressed in her report of the crit she got. I know it's impossible, but I'd really like to know exactly what that editor said, and how accurate her telling of it is. He may well have been as big a jerk as he comes off as, but, on the other hand, she may have heard more than what was actually said. As someone who makes part of their living from critiquing student work, I know how common that is. Sexism, objectification, and body image are real issues in comics and fan culture, but they're not excuses for bad drawing.
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