25 August 2014
The Sexualization of Comic Book Characters; Still not Sexist
The latest uproar in the non-comic book-reading world, specially with people that subscribes to the neo-feminist jibber-jabber, is the variant cover for Spider-Woman #1 by the Italian legend of erotic comics Milo Manara. Great guy, by the way. I had the chance to meet him at FESTO in 2013.
There seems to be a problem with said cover because it ‘s a “sexist” depiction of Jessica Drew. Apparently, a fit girl that crawls just like a spider on walls is sexist in spite of being a beautiful, powerful, and bright superheroine that has had her share of solo titles and even her own cartoon.
Does this cover tell us that Spider-Woman can’t do stuff a Spider-Man can? Have the Avengers or S.W.O.R.D. fired her because she’s a woman? Did Tony Stark grab her ass without consent, or made remarks about her body she wasn’t comfortable with?
SEX-ISM: (noun \sek-,si-zem/) Prejudice or discrimination based on the gender of an individual or a group.
So, it looks like some people cannot differentiate between what sexism means and what sexualization is (the exaltation of sexual attributes, to endow with a sexual character).
You see, most humans respond to this because we are sexual beings programmed to reproduce, and we are also part of the few species actually designed through natural selection to enjoy sex and even get health benefits from practicing it.
You want to call yourself a feminist? where are you priorities? You concern yourself with videogames and comic books when there are entire regions of the world where women are second class citizens with less freedoms than dogs and more abuse than captured troops at war. Seriously, you dare call yourself a feminist in a social crusade for equality? How can you say that with a straight face?
What’s with this Dark Ages mentality about censoring everything that might offend someone who is not a consumer of said product? No one has the right to not be offended! If you have weird emotional issues, you must place them where they belong, yourself. You do not have the right to impose your point of view and boss everyone around like the Nazi party or the Islamic Caliphate. Let me put it in the words of a lady I admire very much:
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
-Evelyn Beatrice Hall-