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I strongly disagree with the author of this article. Mainly because throughout history the female form has always represented beauty and has always challenged artists to represent that beauty in their work. In our day and age, this artistic representation of women are portrayed in photography, and all other medias. Both the layman and the educated eye can appreciate a well photographed curve or well drawn female leg. Art, particularly female art in all its forms bridges the social levels . Also, comic book s are expesive and a true art form in our society. Once a story is read, it is the artwork that brings and keeps a story alive. I do not think it is wrong to create beautiful women in comic art. In fact it makes no sense to do otherwise. After all beauty is always an artistic challenge and besides comics are escapist in nature. Where else can a teenager grasp the value of true, justice, fair play having a place in the world. Certainly not in the real world. Guys read comics wishing to be the hero, girls read comics now more than ever and what they see are women of strength, power, and beauty. Beauty being one of the virtues they want to grow up possessing. In comics, at least they can see that those virtues can be gained through work, sacrifice and that beauty comes in many forms that they can identify with.
lol @Richard Carter
“Guys read comics wishing to be the hero, girls read comics now more than ever and what they see are women of strength, power, and beauty. Beauty being one of the virtues they want to grow up possessing.”
And you know that because you grew up as a girl or what?
When I grew up I read comics and watched cartoon shows because I loved adventures and heroic deeds. I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be like like She-Ra and like Firestar and not because they were pretty and showes tits and ass. I wanted to be like them because they were heros and got shit done.
Furthermore idealisation of the female form has nothing to do with sexualisation of the female form. Get yourself educated.
Same old complaints. No new arguments….
It’s the same for TV, Movies, etc..
Circling cleavage and being shocked? Wow. Sexuality in art is not wrong, next topic please.
No one said that sexuality in art is wrong, only when it is misplaced the way it often is in superhero comics. There is no reason Rogue should be zipped-down in this situation.
Richard, your response was genuinely one of the most well-written arguments against the ‘sexism in comics’ thing i’ve read, but i’m still going to have to disagree on some points.
firstly, no one is denying that women can be incredibly beautiful to look at. boobs and butts look lovely from an aesthetic standpoint no matter what your sexuality or gender is, it’s practically wired into our brains as humans to love looking at curves. however, what female comic book fans are often opposed to is nicely summed up by a couple of lines in your post.
‘…throughout history the female form has always represented beauty and has always challenged artists to represent that beauty in their work…’
‘…I do not think it is wrong to create beautiful women in comic art. In fact it makes no sense to do otherwise…’
there is a common problem here, and that is portraying women as perfect, beautiful objects of desire to almost the complete exclusion of all else. for a woman, hearing that beauty is what we represent as a gender is not the most pleasant thing. girls like me who are by no means conventionally attractive, especially not by western standards, and who are most proud of non-aesthetic aspects of themselves are somewhat swept under the rug in mainstream media. i’m not arguing against beautiful human forms in art, but comics, films and animation also need to tell a story. as a female i perhaps notice it more, but women in mainstream media seem to largely be JUST A WORK OF ART. like a piece of background scenery.
this is without even going into the ‘men are beautiful too’ debate. as most women with an attraction to men can tell you, there are certain ways in which mens’ backs and arm/leg muscles curve that do funny things to our insides. men can have amazing jawlines and collarbones and ridiculously soft skin that we just want to run our fingers across over and over again until they are thoroughly sick of us. the male body can most certainly be just as beautiful ! (and i didn’t even mention butts, well done to me !)
we want to be heros, too. why do you think magical girl shows like sailor moon or the powerpuff girls are so popular ? little girls don’t just want to be pretty and nothing else, they want to save the world and defeat the bad guys just as much as young boys.
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