I just sit here sometimes like
sexism is still a thing
the fact that sexism was ever a thing
it’s beyond me
a woman pushes you out of her fucking BODY
and you grow up to be like ‘ahahaha women r stupid and weak’
i don’t get how that happens
A kid was walking around school wearing this today and didn’t receive a single comment from administration.
Meanwhile, I was pulled over twice by them to mention how “incredibly short” my bottoms were.
Last time I checked, my shorts don’t reference blowjobs.
Quit sexualizing things that aren’t meant to be suggestive.
Culture has so many problems with the female body. It’s too sexual, it’s not sexual enough, value gets tied to a woman’s chastity and sexual prowess. It’s all shit. And this is a shitty double standard where her clothes don’t hurt people and the statements on his shirt will possibly make some girl judge herself negatively because of what she may or may not do.
How to Draw Sexy Without Being Sexist - by Chris Arrant
Last month on our sister blog Comics Should Be Good, columnist Kelly Thompson wrote a piece titled “6 Sublime Superheroine Redesigns” that profiled several recent costume makeovers she thought effective and true to the characters. In the post and the ensuing comments, talk abounded about the subject of superheroines often being saddled with revealing costumes that lean more toward fan service than suitable crime-fighting gear. Some posters argued there’s a current trend toward female characters having less-revealing costumes than in the past — Psylocke’s recent wardrobe redesign by Kris Anka was cited as an example — and that it’s an overreaction by publishers and designers that panders to feminists.
Anka took umbrage with some of the comments, and it opened the floor to an interesting debate about the look of superheroes. On the surface it questions the near-universal portrayal of female superheroes in more sexualized garb, but also attempts to draw a line between drawing a superhero as sexy without necessarily being sexist.
“A character can still be considered “sexy” even if it doesn’t fit with your tastes,” Anka posted on his blog. ” To say that by giving a female character a piece of fabric to cover her ass cheeks up is ruining her sexiness, ALL that means is that YOU think that an exposed ass is sexy. There is absolutely no way to make a blanket statement about that. Some people think a baggy shirt on a girl is equally as attractive as an uber skin tight shirt.”
From Anka’s perspective, his approach to designing a new costume for a superhero never has sexiness as a factor.
“Sex appeal ONLY comes into play when the characters PERSONALITY dictates that as a factor,” says Anka. “The CHARACTER must be first and foremost the inspiration and guideline for all the decisions made when trying todesign the clothing.”
Anka’s redesign of Psylocke in X-Force dispenses with the revealing swimsuit garb the character has worn since 1989 in favor of a more practical suit that, while still skintight, is less a bikini and more a form-fitting catsuit. Although Psylocke’s pre-1989 look was more demure than the Lee design, some commenters took issue with the change and how it is out of nature for the character. But Anka disagrees, saying his decision was character-specific and offers a counter-point where showing skin is part of a character’s personality.
“My go-to example of a character that should be showing skin is, of course, Emma Frost,” Anka points out. “Here is a character who prides herself on her looks. She is an incredibly confident character mentally, and likes to show off herself physically. Emma Frost flaunting it works because it works for HER. She likes control, she likes power, and one of the best tools for that is her body. She can turn heads with her body, she can command attention with it. She wouldn’t even need to use her telepathy to have someone lose focus. Emma Frost is incredibly intelligent, she knows what she is doing. There has to be a REASON for the skin.”
Anka goes on to reference male superheroes like Colossus and Namor, whose costumes are relatively skimpy, and how that works for the characters and their personalities. Anka’s complete essay is a great read, and well worth checking out on its own.
I—and millions of other survivors—can tell you: rape is not a myth. Just because it is painful does not make it untrue.
Just because it is shocking does not make it suspect. Just because I am a woman does not make my voice invalid.
I want to be proud of my university. I want to feel confident that college is a place where students respect and value one another and where women are afforded the same consideration as men. But the truth is that a woeful ignorance pervades the very institutions that pride themselves on knowledge. Acts of violence and degradation are tacitly encouraged. Rapists continue to rape with impunity, under the guise of bright, promising college boys.
I am tired of being told to like female characters.
Yes, I am going to judge male and female characters differently, I am going to be interested in a wider range of plotlines that feature male characters and, to be honest, I am going to like more male characters…
Okay no. Really how do you think this is going to help anything at all?
Dismissing every female character and justifying it with “sexism” only perpetuates the problem.
We hold female characters to an impossibly high standard while forgiving every male character their flaws, loving them for their angst and their poor choices and their antiheroics, and condemn female characters for similar faults.
This is why movie executives are convinced that a movie with a female lead won’t sell. A lot of that is because of people like you - who justify the hatred of female characters and write these movies off before they’re even released.
Do you have to like EVERY female character? Of course not. But sometimes you have to accept that YOU ARE BEING SEXIST. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THIS IN YOURSELF, FORCE YOURSELF TO BE OPTIMISTIC, AND SUPPORT THESE CHARACTERS DESPITE THEIR FLAWS. OR THINGS. WON’T. CHANGE.
because “HELL LET’S ONLY HAVE MALE CHARACTERS AND THEN SEXISM WON’T BE A THING” is possibly THE MOST FLAWED solution to this problem that I HAVE EVER HEARD
They’re bringing up badly written female characters as a reason to not give well written female characters a try.
With all the things I hated about The Hunger Games, at least Katniss was a (mostly) capable character who was never raped and never had some shitty ‘female empowerment’ thing to go through. Not every female character follows the narrative of ‘hey, this is a womyn and these are womyn problems and only wimmens know how to deal with! Let’s explain them to the XY crowd!!’.
I agree with Gingerhaze, it’s sexist to write off all women and to not give them a chance because they might not be perfectly written. Holding the characters to different standards of writing doesn’t improve anything, it doesn’t make for better stories in the future if people don’t give them a chance now and respond with constructive criticism on how to improve them.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
As many of my female peers are doing at the moment, I’m reading a book by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg called Lean In. The first chapter asks: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
My answer? I’d write this blog.
Hello. My name is Meagan Marie, and I’m a person. I’ve decided I’m going to start standing up for myself in order to be more frequently treated like one.
Something transpired at PAX this weekend that was a true eye opener. While hosting a Tomb Raider cosplay gathering, comprised of eight or so incredibly nice and talented young women, a member of the press asked if he could grab a quick interview. I said he’d need to ask them, not me, and they agreed. He squeezed into the group and posed a question. I couldn’t hear what he said over the hubbub of the show floor, but the confused and uncomfortable looks from the ladies indicated that it wasn’t what they expected, to say the least.
I moved in closer and inquired “Excuse me, what did you ask?” with a forced smile on my face, so to give him the benefit of the doubt. He laughed and didn’t respond, moving a few steps away as I repeated the question to the group of women. Turns out he’d probed what it felt like “knowing that none of the men in this room could please them in bed.” Yes, I’m aware it’s a poor adaptation of a gag told by a certain puppet dog with an affinity for insults. Lack of originally doesn’t excuse this behavior, however.
My anger flared upon hearing this, and for a moment I almost let it get the best of me. I attempted to calm myself down before walking towards him and the cameraman, and expressing that it was rude and unprofessional to assume that these young women were comfortable discussing sexual matters on camera. I intended to leave the conversation at that, but his subsequent response escalated matters quickly and clearly illustrated that this ran much deeper than a poor attempt at humor. He proceeded to tell me that “I was one of those oversensitive feminists” and that “the girls were dressing sexy, so they were asking for it.” Yes, he pulled the “cosplay is consent” card.
At this point, as he snaked off into the crowd muttering angrily at me, I was livid. Actually shaking a bit. It was inexcusable in my mind to treat the group of women in this manner, especially when I gathered them there to participate in an official capacity. I suppose I felt protective for this reason. As if I’d exposed them to an undesirable element of the convention. They united to celebrate their fandom, only to have an uncomfortable and unprofessional moment captured on film.
As I stated publicly this weekend, we escalated the issue to PAX and they responded with overwhelming concern and worked to ensure he wouldn’t bother anyone at the this or future PAX events. They handled the situation with flying colors.
But this encounter isn’t the crux of my blog. This blog is about what I came to realize as a result of the press member’s actions. And what I realized is this: When it comes to defending others, I’m fierce. I’m assertive. And I will hold my ground. One of the cosplayers tweeted me to praise my bravery and say they wish they had the courage to stand up too. The truth is my bravery doesn’t run that deep. When it comes to defending myself I’m a rug that is walked over repeatedly. This has to stop.
Similar behavior has been directed at me for years. Back in 2007 at my very first GDC, I was starry-eyed and overwhelmed to be in the midst of so many people I idolized. So when a drunken CEO of a then-startup pointed to my midsection and said “I want to have my babies in there,” I laughed. I did the same next year when another developer told me that he “didn’t recognize me with my clothes on” after meeting me the night prior at a formal event (to which I wore a cocktail dress). The trend continued for years, and I took it silently each and every time.
It got so bad that one of my Game Informer coworkers had to sit me down and convince me to file a complaint against a massive publisher, after one of their PR leads repeatedly commented about how much he “loved my tits” at a party. Each time I laughed it off and internalized my embarrassment, cementing a fixed smile on my face while fighting back tears. Why? Because I was afraid to rock the boat. I was afraid to perpetuate rumors that I was uptight, difficult, or had no sense of humor. I was afraid of what I’d heard being said about other women being said about me. So I would stick up for others, but never for myself. Sticking up for others was the right thing to do. I had to be careful not to stick my neck out too far, though.
I’m ashamed to admit my lack of courage has continued to this day. While on a press tour in Europe late last year I sat alone with an interviewer while he set up his camera. PR was talking to another member of the press just out of earshot. I asked the journalist what his readers would like to know about me first, per the introduction he outlined earlier. He responded nonchalantly, “Well, they’d really like to see you naked.” I was so shocked I didn’t even register what he said, and I defaulted to my uncomfortable chuckle and frozen smile. I conducted the interview as if nothing had happened. I should have walked out of the room then and there. I should have immediately reported it to PR. But I didn’t, because I was afraid.
And while these industry comments hurt the most, as they often do when coming from peers, I’ve got hope for change even if it is motivated by fear. In a social economy where one unprofessional tweet can ruin a career, I feel like the few unsavory industry personalities are becoming more aware of their words. My line in the sand doesn’t end there, though. I’m going to start holding commenters accountable for their actions too, even if I can only do so on my social spaces.
So here is the deal. I’m a person. I’m not just a “girl on the internet.” I am not comfortable with you remarking on my breasts. I am not comfortable with you implying that you’d like to have sex with me. And I don’t appreciate you rating my looks against my girlfriends in candid photos.
While I can’t stop these comments and questions from arising when they pop up on random blogs across the web, I can stand up and say that that I won’t accept being talked to in this manner anymore. I’m not simply going to ignore you; I’m going to call you out and tell you that you’re being inappropriate. Just because I have a public job and an equally public hobby doesn’t give you the right to ignore my comfort zone.
The situation this weekend at PAX made me question why I’m willing to stand up for others, but not myself. By allowing myself to be treated this way I’m perpetuating that this behavior is acceptable. And it isn’t. If I continue to stand by silently, I might as well sit on the sidelines and watch while other young women endure what I have.
The treatment and representation of women in gaming has come to a head this past year, and I know some of you are tired of hearing about it. I’m tired of living it. I want to feel safe and valued as a member of this industry, whether I’m conducting an interview, talking to fans on a convention floor, or cosplaying. And I have a right to that.
I’m not afraid anymore. I’m angry.
[For those of you who have been so supportive these past years, both in the industry and out, please know this blog isn’t directed at you. I can’t imagine dedicating my life to anything other than video games. And that’s why I’m going to fight my hardest to leave it a better place.]
Girls always bitch about this, sure, but it’s not like it’s any better for guys. You think I wanna be some ultra macho beefcake?
There’s a reason I always pick female character models in video games.
“There’s a reason I always pick female models in video games.”
Jim Beaver is one of the best people on facebook
It’s not just breasts, is the female body America has problems with. From last year, a would who had a double mastectomy was told she needed to wear ‘gender appropriate clothing’ to go swimming in the city pools, it was overturned, but America is afraid of women in the dumbest ways.
this is honestly my favorite photo
A true contemporary work. This photograph resonates through years of feminism and manages to unearth its very core. No other photographer will ever reproduce a piece this grandiose.
But guys! SHE wears short skirts and SHE wears teeshirts!
Seriously, can we not hate either for whoever they banged, didn’t bang, or have yet to bang?
Science fiction and fantasy novels routinely portray scantily clad woman on their covers - a device that draws the heterosexual male eye but may turn away women readers. Lynsea Garrison finds one fantasy author aiming to zap gender stereotypes. Jim Hines straddles the remnants of a defeated alien species (a table), and clasps a pistol (a toy gun) as he triumphantly raises a cyborg’s head (a toaster). Sometimes he fights battles alongside his romantic interest (a large teddy bear). But no matter the mission, Hines shows some flesh. Just because he is waging a war, it does not mean he cannot be alluring at the same time, right? Hines, a fantasy author, is posing like some of the female characters on science fiction and fantasy book covers he says objectify women. He gets into character by twisting his body into the same contorted positions as the female characters on the books. “The way women are portrayed is just so ridiculous, so often, you just stop seeing it,” Hines says. “I think posing has made people see it again - you see how ridiculous it is when a 38-year-old fantasy writer is doing it.”
Science fiction and fantasy novels routinely portray scantily clad woman on their covers - a device that draws the heterosexual male eye but may turn away women readers. Lynsea Garrison finds one fantasy author aiming to zap gender stereotypes.
Jim Hines straddles the remnants of a defeated alien species (a table), and clasps a pistol (a toy gun) as he triumphantly raises a cyborg’s head (a toaster). Sometimes he fights battles alongside his romantic interest (a large teddy bear). But no matter the mission, Hines shows some flesh. Just because he is waging a war, it does not mean he cannot be alluring at the same time, right? Hines, a fantasy author, is posing like some of the female characters on science fiction and fantasy book covers he says objectify women. He gets into character by twisting his body into the same contorted positions as the female characters on the books. “The way women are portrayed is just so ridiculous, so often, you just stop seeing it,” Hines says. “I think posing has made people see it again - you see how ridiculous it is when a 38-year-old fantasy writer is doing it.”
Click through to read the rest of the article, there are a lot of good things mentioned.
Dear Dan Schwartzman,
I’ve just begun listening to your radio show. I commute to work at night and listen to KTLK, where your show has recently replaced Phil Hendrie in the 10PM slot. I have found you to be an enjoyable and thoughtful personality, that is until last night (Jan 17th)….
This poster brings up some interesting points on sexism in America right now and what’s considered right and wrong in the treatment of women. Check out what they have to say. It is related to the imaginary girlfriend thing going on but also brings up current sexism issues going on with assault of women who are then shut down and ignored or blamed by the media.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Prime Minister of Australia kicking ass and taking names (mostly Tony Abbott’s.
Easily one of my favorite moments of 2012.