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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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:iconmatthew-lane:
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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