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(Contains: sexual themes)
This is a parody of this image: [link]

Before anything else, let me explain that I had less effort than you imagine doing this image, it's all done in one layer, for instance. I'm not trying to compete or imitate the original artist's style, this is merely illustrative. I don't care about some anatomy issues of this image, or the -many- lightsource issues in this (although the original image already did have half of those lightsource problems)

This is a statement to all manchildren who think that objectified women in comics are okay. To those that saw nothing wrong with the fact that this image I linked is a COVER of an OFFICIAL COMIC MADE BY MARVEL, to those who see nothing wrong with how Starfire and Harley-Quinn are being portrayed in the new Under the Red Hood comics by DC, to those that think that every time someone complains about something sexist in a comic, movie, or any other media, it's just "feminazi lesbian bitching".

So, since you guys have -no problem- with famous female characters that have been even used as rolemodels for (mostly female) children and teenagers being completely bastardized and objectified just to please men, then I guess you guys won't have any problem with your favorite superheroes being objectified to please an ever-growing female fandom of the comics, right?

This issue doesn't just affect fans of the characters that are being bastardized, this is a way, way bigger issue. Like it or not, we all have responsibilities when we are part of the media, or even out of it. Even simple statements we say to friends or strangers, we are responsible for what we say and partially what things might happen directly because of that, even though nobody wants to take such responsibility for it.

That being said, constantly objectifying women and not ever letting female characters in general stand in such privileged positions as your male characters in your comics says a clear statement to those reading them: That this is normal, and that women aren't as capable or supposed to be taken as serious as men, and that their value is based on how sexually attractive she is. Because those things are taken as normal in comics (and even in many other media forms).

Now, there's a clear difference between objectifying and having sexually attractive characters - the latter happens with a lot of characters for the sake of selling. Wonder Woman fits a beauty stereotype, and so does Superman. Objectifying is when sexualization goes so much further that it is the main reason the character is there. Many male superheroes -are- handsome and attractive, but is their main characteristic how sexy they might be? Are they mostly there to be wet dreams of a female audience? No. But take most female characters and those answers might actually both be "yes".
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:iconpumpkinpsychosis:
PumpkinPsychosis Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Perfect. The fact that the original image even exists is absurdly disgusting. And I'm sorry for you for having to read all the dudes whining in the comments.
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bitsincorporated Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
wat? WAT? WAAT?!
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freyathena Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
I don't see any problem with having a cover with oimagery like that, I actually really like what you did there.
anyways, the HFH cover is hardly representative of comic book covers as a whole, it's just cheesecake, because a lot of people like cheesecake; there are plenty of comic book covers out there that focus on females in positions of power or dominance, and plenty that show male characters in peril/clothing damage.
anyways, correct me if I'm wrong, but you don't seem like someone who really reads comic books on a regular basis
this might not be the case for you, but my opions on something usually change after i observe them
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matthew-lane Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"So, since you guys have -no problem- with famous female characters that have been even used as rolemodels for (mostly female) children and teenagers being completely bastardized and objectified just to please men, then I guess you guys won't have any problem with your favorite superheroes being objectified to please an ever-growing female fandom of the comics, right?"

Um this already exists... We just call it something different: we call it "every single image of a male character in any product with a predominately female audience ever."

Or to put it slightly differently "Sure, all those 40+ year old twilight mums are totally drooling over a movie poster of a buff shirtless teenager due to there obvious maternal instinct to feed him a sammich & not because they secretly want to fuck him."

But no lets all focus on the idea that somewhere a man is enjoying looking at an image of an attractive woman. I mean given the amount of bitching one heres on this topic, that almost as bad as rape, or something.

/facepalm.
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Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, you DO admit superhero comics are just doing that for the tittilation of men.

That's a good step forward. Maybe we can later talk about the other implications of such an aesthetic decision, but at least you got the 101.
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matthew-lane Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"So, you DO admit superhero comics are just doing that for the tittilation of men."

If thats what you got out of what was said, you may be to stupid to communicate with.
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Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me take you through the implications of what you said.

If you're going to compare female superheroes with things like Twilight and yaoi, then you have to admit female superheroes are built for male tittilation, or else the equivalence is false.
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matthew-lane Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So i was right, you are to stupid to communicate with.

An with that you enter my handy dandy list of people to stupid to communicate with.
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Xejicka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
This is beautiful.
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ritz216 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
mind you do et me wrong i agree that woman are sometimes used innapropriatly in comics i dont agree with any statements made against this comic cover just cuz everyone complaining about it has never even read the comic there is no implying of rape in it whatsoever as you would see if you actually READ the comics for once
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Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lmfao
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ritz216 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
your missing the females in the background in the original picture there were men being attacked by the brood queen who btw is female and has nothing to do whatsoever with tenticle porn sorry for being a nerd but i actually read comic books i dont bitch about them
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Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lmao
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SSO-Robo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hurm, Batman enjoying this. Possible homosexual? Must investigate further.
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meekstape Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are literally a perfect human being
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HybridProjectAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FUCK
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Natizilda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mas também, quando tentaram fazer a Mulher Maravilha mais badass e colocaram jaqueta de couro nela (inb4 mais roupa), todo mundo começou a encher o saco. Fã é tudo uma merda.

Gostei da paródia.
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quotidia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo and Here Here. I love seeing covers gender reversed to show just how hypocritical sexualisation is in comics.
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Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tentáculos? Sério? Estou começando a dar graças a deus que virei as costas ao novo universo DC.

Ah, e por falar nisso, a sexualização de Superman e Mulher-Maravilha, infelizmente, não chegam a ser iguais nem de longe. Os personagens masculinos não são expostos como objetos de fantasia sexual a todo momento, e os corpos e poses não são feitos para titilação do público feminino (se fossem, terminaríamos com heróis bem diferentes, e possivelmente os homens se sentiriam desconfortáveis pra variar...).
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Rokkan-Illidian Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sim, a sexualização de personagens masculinos não é tão ruim quanto a de personagens femininos. IE: Kratos de God of War é sexualizado. Mas a sexualização dele não o coloca como, como você disse, objeto de fantasia sexual, ou o coloca em poses fetishistas, ele está sempre agindo conforme seu personagem. A sexualização dele só está no biotipo de corpo e parcialmente suas roupas (ou falta de). Seu biotipo e a (falta de) roupa dele serve primariamente para mostrar seus músculos e físico forte, que é para mostrar uma característica marcante do personagem (sua força) e não tem como objetivo primário sexualizar. Se não, a roupa dele ficaria colada na virilha e na bunda dele ou coisas do tipo, e teria close-ups desconfortáveis da virilha dele nos finishers, que vale ressaltar, devem parecer mais como movimentos de poledance do que de ataque.
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Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O que personagens femininas acabam fazendo na maioria das vezes, mesmo quando não faz sentido algum no contexto.
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