I posted the entry I made about women in comics on Reddit. Not that I give a shit what people think, especially on Reddit, but I received quite a few negative comments. I had people tell me not to read comics if I didn’t like the way women were portrayed.
It was argued that comics are a part of fantasy and of course the “typical male audience” wants to see huge T and A. A few comments were also made that men are just as exaggerated as the women, with impossibly huge muscles and tall powerful frames.
To these comments I say this: of course we all read comics, books and watch movies/TV to escape the everyday, but while I want to be entertained, I don’t want to be offended.
Why should I exclude myself from a particular series because I am offended by the way the female characters are portrayed? I enjoy reading X-Men, but there have been many renderings of Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Storm etc. that depict them in the rightly coined, broke-back pose (somehow the artists draw these characters so that we can view their chests, and, with an impossible twist of the spine, their ass).
True, male superheroes don’t look like the everyday Joe, but their exaggeration has nothing to do with their sexuality but instead their presence. Female characters have enlarged breasts and narrow waists that end in curvy hips, the essence of female sexuality. They are defined by it.
I was at Fan Expo in Toronto today and came across a not so surprising sight. A large crowd of male spectators had congregated around a table in the “artist ally” section; the table being viewed was a collection of female superheroes portrayed as if they were cover girls on the men’s Magazine, Maxim. I of course, being me, tsked loudly and proceeded to take the following picture. (I realize that it may seem like it isn’t very crowded but I took this in a hurry as to not seem like a creep…also, the woman on the bottom left is totally judging me…..)
Not only are these characters already sexualized in their current medium, but they were taken to the next level by converting them to a pornographic status. Whatever happened to leaving things to the imagination?
All I am asking is that people take note of how female characters are portrayed in any facet of entertainment whether it be comics or movies. Currently they are objects to be viewed, not characters to be pondered.