Supergirl, Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn by Illumstrations
'The Head and the Heart' - or - 'If rule 63'ing everything is wrong I don't wanna be right'
It occurred to me that Lady Bones would totally have a mom haircut (i.e. not much different from the canon cut) and now I can’t imagine her any other way.
"Horsemanning, or fake beheading, was a popular way to pose in a photograph in the 1920’s. Sometimes spelled horsemaning, the horsemanning photo fad derives its name from the Headless Horseman, a character from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
HUMAN BEING ARE AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN SUCH HUGE FUCKING DORKS OKAY.
re the meme weather
1920s meme! Let’s say Steve and Bucky were 8 or 9-ish? Maybe Bucky drags Steve along to some photography thing, because Bucky loves newfangled things. :D “C’mon, Stevie, it’ll be fun! The girls call it Horsemanning!”
Of course when they took the photo Steve was looking into Bucky’s armpit and it the middle of laughing about something, and Bucky couldn’t help complaining on the way home, “Jeez, Steve, you’re supposed to look like a fearsome headless horseman! Now we just look ridiculous. I spent fifteen cents on that!”
Steve just shrugged and gestured at the odd pairing they made as they walked — Steve with his odd walk and his wrinkled clothes, Bucky with his easy saunter and pressed vest, “Bucky, look at us. We *are* ridiculous.” Bucky laughed and tucked the photo in his pocket.
When Steve visited Bucky’s house a week later, he saw the photo tacked up over Bucky’s bed.
"Everyone knows this."
okay, we’ve all seen this post but i remembered it wrong and was like, “haha, imagine winter soldier about to destroy a hydra facility when he finds a gaggle of steves”
non-Eurocentric AU ideas?
The previous post made me want to create a list of suggested AUs that *aren’t* Eurocentric and middle class white Americana. It’d be a cool list of ideas and possibly reference links to help people get started down different exciting paths. I know many of you are from very diverse backgrounds (whether by culture, race, socio-economics, educational focus, etc), so…. what sort of AUs would you like to see more of?
At first I was thinking it would be cool to do an African Captain America, and then I was thinking it would be neat to set it in Wakanda, and then I realized I was thinking of Black Panther. :T But I really dig the Steve as an avatar of Vishnu thing, because, well, it fits? I’ve seen fics that play with Steve being a holy knight figure literally chosen by the goddess Columbia, which were really cool, and worked really well with not only his character but also his place in the culture of his world and even ours. So moving it to another culture where they actually *have* avatars feels like a natural next step. (Seriously, though, why is there no Black Panther movie yet? I would pay in blood to see that.)
HEYMONSTER’S ‘STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER’ PRINTS ARE THE INSPIRATION YOU NEED
By Chris Sims
You know, I think it’s high time that we get some new saints around here. I mean, no offense to Lucy of Syracuse or any of her devotees, but as impressive as carrying one’s eyes around on a golden plate might be, it just doesn’t have a lot of relevance to my life. I don’t even know where I’d find a golden plate, especially if I didn’t have any eyes to look for it with.
Fortunately, artist Heymonster (also known as Spencer) has offered up a set of suitable replacements. In a series of prints called “Strong Female Characters,” Spencer has taken some of the most prominent women of pop culture and boiled them down into downright saintly inspirational images.
"Wonder Woman" Skateboard Wiz (1978)
The fact that she adds on all the right safety gear makes it even better, IMO. A+ role model.
Pretty sure this gif set was inevitable. And has just improved my week 100%
She lives in a tower, she’s got a curse. A vague curse. But still.
(Little note at the bottom about merchandise too! Hoorayy new things)
3yo hugs me, smiles a bitter-sweet smile, slowly begins to squeeze my throat with two hands & whispers hauntingly, “Are you choking, Daddy?”
"Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors" - Meet Miles Morales
(Miles you’re so TINY!)
Our parents warned us about middle aged men stalking us on the Internet but oh how the tables have turned
10 Times When Comics And Movies Sexualized Male Superheroes
You’ve heard the argument that male superheroes are sexualized simply because they are often bare-chested. But a man taking off his shirt doesn’t make him a sex object. It’s actually rare to find examples of male superheroes who truly are sexualized the way women are in comics. Here are ten examples.
Our Young Avengers’ opening scene being in this list made me smile, in a good way.
What’s so interesting to me was that even a list of ten times, they had to include fanart, largely drawn by women, to make the list. And it included a joke scene.
And in all the examples, while they are sexualized they aren’t objectified. You see them in full-body shots. They’re flexing and powerful, the center of attention with other sexualized, even objectified, women surrounding them (especially in those swimsuit issues). The outfits and scenes are full of their own personality and who they are. You can’t swap out different characters at will with no change in the scene (aside from maybe the Scarlet Spider pic)
You don’t get a closeup shot of Thor’s ass as he climbs up a ladder. You get a full-body shot of him, including his face and what he’s interested in and doing.
Noh-Varr is specifically dancing to impress a girl he just had sex with and we can assume would like to again. He’s in control of what is happening, he’s aware that Kate is watching him. He’s inviting her to keep watching. He has agency in the scene.
If the way women were sexualized in comics were more like the scenes in this, then I don’t think it would be such a big deal. But more often what we see are women broken into body parts, removed of their identity, with no agency in how they’re being presented, and in scenes where they should be flexing and powerful we get glorified porn poses.
Yeah, this list is bullshit. Or, okay, it’s a list that fails to understand what “sexualization” is, and seems to largely equate it with “being shown as physically attractive.” I got into some of this here, commenting on a post that used several of the same Swimsuit Issue images. One major problem with lists like this is what’s being said above: it communicates to people that sexualization is not that serious, and can co-exist with strength and agency. Another problem is that it allows creators to claim that they are being progressive without doing any of the work of being progressive (a string of words I’ve had to use a lot recently when discussing Marvel). This is very dangerous, as it turns actually being progressive in any significant, meaningful way into something supererogatory— something that’s above and beyond the minimum required action, where it should be the minimum required action.
In fact, the most superficial examination of how fangirls and fanworks are viewed & treated should obviously establish that the sexualization of men is still viewed as transgressive and uncomfortable.
1) Completely agree re: the swimsuit issues (though I find the pics of Namor from the “top ten” list to be pretty hot.
2) Requisite linking to Dave Willis’ Sexy Batman comic
I think it’s too easy in sexualization and objectification discussions to equate nakedness with objectification — it seems like such an easy metric! If the discussion moves past that, then it’s usually about the “sexiness” of the pose.
But the bigger issues are actually:
1) Who the sexiness is for. Yes, there are examples of sexy, vulnerable men, but usually they’re sexy and vulnerable for their own sake. The audience is encouraged to sympathize with them, to care about them and their character development. Whereas sexualized females are there for the audience or for the male protagonist. That vulnerable girl in the back? We not supposed to care about her internal life, her character development. Her vulnerability is solely designed to titillate/please *us*, the audience. This is why spandex is magically tighter and thinner on women than on men. (There’s plenty of shots of Spiderman with his crotch towards the audience, but how often do we see the outline of his penis lovingly shaded? His butt deliciously shrink-wrapped? His nipples carefully highlighted? All his poses are about ACTION — what *he’s* doing to advance *his* story.)
Just as a casual illustration: here’s a quick doodle of a pretty naked Winter Soldier Bucky being vulnerable for himself, and another of him clothed, but being vulnerable *for me* (mwahaha). HMMM WONDER WHICH ONE IS MORE OBJECTIFYING?
2) The fact that it’s societal. I tried to think of sexy women “come hither” and “I’m available” and “I’m yours” poses, and at least 20 immediately come to mind. Because women are posed like that ALL THE TIME. When I tried to think of sexy men “come hither”, “I’m available” and “I’m yours” poses, however, I came up with … 5. And 3 of them are from gay/yaoi stuff where the guy is posed “like a girl”. Too often, portrayal of male sexiness is portrayal of *their* power as centers of their stories, when in fact Fandom loves our crying, vulnerable boys. Relatedly, there are very few images where men are just sexy background decoration, where the attention is *not* on them as people but only as scenery. Does anyone ever say “oh dear, I need something to fill this bottom left corner … I know! I’ll throw some half-naked guys in there!” Then why does it happen all the time for women?
I was just going to give this kudos but not reblog it right up until SO BARBARIAN SUCH SCENERY and now I need about ten swimming pools worth of that in my life.