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Let me just clear some things up for a minute because I think there is a serious miscommunication going on here.
Sometimes I tell men that I am a super hero comic fan. When I do, many men reply by saying “Wow that’s so cool, I hardly ever meet girls who care about or are interested in comics!”
News flash: the reason women are not as involved in comic book/superhero culture is not because of a lack of interest in the subject.
There are less women in comic book/superhero culture because we weren’t invited/are actively pushed out of it.
When women open most comic books and look at the depiction of women, it becomes clear to them very quickly that they are not the intended audience for the product. Ie. they were not invited to the party. In fact, the portrayal of women, if they are even included at all, is saddening, angering, and hurtful.
Let me propose a scenario. Your best friend Joey tells you that he’s having a party but that you are not invited. The night of the party you drive by the house and overhear a large group of people making fun of you and saying offensive/hurtful things about you at the party.
Because of the fact that A. you were not invited and B. a large group/the majority of the people at the party are actively making fun of you, you choose not to go to the party.
Then, when Joey sees you’re not at the party, he starts a rumor about you saying “Wow, he didn’t show up to the party so he must not be interested in this party. He must not have cared about this party.” Now everybody at the entire party is saying that you didn’t come because you weren’t interested in the party.
Obviously the reason you didn’t go to the party is because you weren’t invited and the people there were being hurtful to you, not because you weren’t interested in going.
SO… back to comic books and women. If you don’t see a lot of women in comic book/superhero culture, it isn’t because they aren’t interested, it’s because YOU GUYS DON’T EVER INVITE US! If you do invite us, it’s so that you can objectify us, or score on us. And if we do show up, your culture treats us poorly and/or asks us ridiculous quiz questions to test if we’re “really truthful fans.”
Next time you meet a woman who is interested in comics, or any male dominated culture for that matter (sports, rock music, hip-hop music, all music, science, etc.), don’t say something offensive and ignorant like “Wow that’s so cool, I don’t know any women who are interested in this!” Instead maybe you should say something like “Oh that’s awesome, I really admire you for having the endurance to be a part of a culture that can be so unwelcoming and hurtful to women. That takes a kind of strength that I can’t imagine, I think it’s really cool.” Then move on from the topic and talk about comics with her.
You can’t expect us to be at a party that we weren’t invited to, a party that we’re actively being mistreated at.
occasionally I look at comic drawings of women and just have to laugh my ass off at how incorrect they are. LOOK AT HER LEFT ARM!!!!! LOOK WHERE HER ELBOW IS!!! She has NO upper arm! It’s just shoulder, elbow, then the second part of the arm! And then her tit right, IT WOULD BE SAGGING DOWNWARD! GRAVITY PEOPLE!!! HOW WOULD IT BE POINTING TO THE CEILING?!?!?!?!?! And finally, lets talk about the hand that’s actually holding her onto that pole, it’s hardly clenched! She has to be holding her whole body weight, with ONLY that hand, because the artist made NOTHING else supporting her but THAT ARM… well ok that’s fine lot’s of talented strippers are very strong armed… they could probably beat the shit out of you in fact… EXCEPT for that she’s BARELY EVEN FUCKING HOLDING THAT POLE WITH HER HAND!!!!
I guess they think they can get away with drawing strippers completely incorrect cause they figure the average comic viewer is just going to notice that it’s hot, maybe check out the ass, and move on. But they didn’t account for a whole entire section of readers who don’t give a fuck about that and are just irritated by the fact that they’re drawn lazy and incorrect, like I am.
Ok… I’m done ranting now, unless I see another badly drawn stripper on my dash… then I’ll rant some more.
I feel your existential angst unnamed character in a four page Steve Ditko story.
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So if you were wondering what I did in New York… I bought this comic haha.
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