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Turnabout for Mary Jane.

And frankly, I don't _hate_ either one.

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bunny_m
May. 25th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
This again. I'll have to ask Nancy if she knows just how far&wide that pic has traveled next time I see her.

Personally, I find both of them varyingly worrisome, but this version has at least the cover of being deliberately exaggerated parody to make a point. But I'm just not comfortable with blatant objectification of either gender.

That said, I am impressed with the artistic talent Nancy displays here, not to mention the snark.
foomf
May. 25th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Objectification can be malicious but it doesn't have to be.

It's part of the wiring of most male brains to respond to visual images, and it's also part of that wiring for certain postures and attitudes to be perceived as "sexy". That's not going to change easily, since some of it isn't culturally mediated.
Specifically, the impossibly arched back is an exaggerated sexual readiness posture allowing for maximal availability for penetration. If you have ever seen other mammals copulating, you'll probably recognize it. Similarly, the 'O' face (and in general, the patterns of western makeup styles) indicate sexual arousal.

Female brains have their own set of objectification as well, but not having a female brain, I cannot say with confidence what the parameters are. They seem to center around success and financial stability.

We've got objectification built into our society, and we collectively, unconsciously, support and embrace it. Yes, it can be individually damaging, and no actual PERSON should be objectified, except inasmuch as they choose to be.

And yes, this means that we do need to hold the creators of things like comics responsible for their deliberate abuse of objectification. The message that both Marvel and DC present along with their objectification is that female humans innately deserve to be treated as objects, and that male humans are better and more heroic because of it.
They need to stop that shit.
bunny_m
May. 25th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we hold different meanings in mind when we say Objectification. Or perhaps not. You've given me much food for thought, and I shall ponder upon this.

And yes, this means that we do need to hold the creators of things like comics responsible for their deliberate abuse of objectification. The message that both Marvel and DC present along with their objectification is that female humans innately deserve to be treated as objects, and that male humans are better and more heroic because of it.
They need to stop that shit.


On this we are in agreement, however.
drath
May. 25th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
That red jug of detergent... the middle of the word is artfully obscured by reflection glare. I can't tell if it says "bleach" or "bitch", but on a subliminal level it certainly is implied that pal Tobey is MJ's beeotch.

What say you?
foomf
May. 25th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
I say that it's fair play.
staxxy
May. 25th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
yay!!

thanks for the link.
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