The Female Superhero Anatomy: Supplanting The Boobs-and-Butt Pose

The female superhero – strong, competent, and above all sexy – rises to the occasion to defeat her noxious opponent all while packing deadly weapons and wearing barely-there leotards.tumblr_lzxcciUiLn1r34y4ho1_500rob_liefeld_s_hawkeye_by_deimos_remus-d66y67d

[T]he only “strong” in many “strong female comic book characters” are the oblique muscles required to point their ass and boobs in the same direction.  – Luke McKinne

Like the unnatural sorority girl pose, the female superhero is drawn in many uncomfortable and oftentimes silly poses. Legs splayed, hair flying, butts out, boobs out, our hero is ready for blood. Don’t be in awe of her round tuchus and ample bosom or bare skin, be in awe of her fierce demeanor and charm. Fall in love with her because she’s got a winning smile.

American physicist Richard Feynman has a famous monologue depicting an interaction between himself and an artist friend. The artist holds up a flower and comments that as a scientist Richard does not see a flower for its beauty but rather dissects the flower into its itty-bitty scientific parts. Richard counters that a flower is all the more beautiful and wondrous the more he understands of it.

So…clarification and disclaimer: I am not hating on the portrayal of women by publishers such as DC or Marvel Comics but rather finding the hilarity and absurdity in the warped female figures presented. Although I do have fun deliberating the artist’s choice of stylization and characterization, and the sexist implications, I want to share the light-hearted commentary displayed as beautiful art rendered by satirists on the Tumblr blog The Hawkeye Initiative.

The Hawkeye Initiative transplants the female’s pose onto a male superhero in order “to draw attention to how deformed, hypersexualized, and unrealistically dressed women are drawn in comics.”

So remember, be mindful of the implications of art and literature and always see the humor.

 

Enjoy the below images at the behest of The Hawkeye Initiative:

 

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