are you fucking kidding me. these are two COMPLETELY separate things.
one is an ACTUAL PERSON that CHOOSES to dress that way. Why does she dress that way and why do we support it? Because she is a real fucking person and she can wear whatever the hell she pleases because as a REAL PERSON she can make HER OWN CHOICES.
the other is a fictional character whom obviously CANNOT make her own choices because shes not real, so the artist chooses to draw her how he wants to. On its own, its not a problem. The problem is that women are CONSTANTLY represented as sexual objects and are drawn dressed scantily clad in comics, games, movies, ETC.
…you… you realize this picture depicts him DRAWING HER, right? Or are you just perpetually hunting for something to be offended by, like a seagull to a french fry?
..you… you realize the point this picture is trying to make right? Its saying that because some women like to dress up in half naked costumes and because we give them support for the right to dress how they want, its hypocritical to get upset with artists/companies for depicting women in such a nature.
its a problem because women in all types of media are unfairly represented this way like all the fucking time. depictions of women in sexy outfits is not the problem. its when a huge majority of them are designed that way is the problem.
this is obviously not about an artist painting someone. I’m an artist myself and love to draw pinups of women so no thats not something i would be offended by because thats NOT EVEN THE POINT OF THIS PICTURE
Oh my god.
The dude is drawing THE EXACT SAME WOMAN. She is MODELING, he is PAINTING HER PINUP, either because she paid him to, or because they’re coworkers and will both get paid for it. The point is that feminists have no problem with women who want to look sexy for a piece of art, but god forbid a heterosexual male is in any way involved with its production or consumption. Christ on a cracker with apple sauce, I never imagined this picture could be so confusing.
This isnt about women modeling for art. This picture is taking a big problem and turning it into something as small and innocent as a poor artist who is just painting something he likes and getting backlash for it.
This isnt even a drawing of her modeling in front of an artist because as you can SEE theres a sign behind her that says COMIC CON. The reason his drawing is a copy and paste of the same woman is because its trying to make the point that he’s getting attacked for drawing “the exact same thing”. If you don’t understand how exaggeration works to make a point esp in drawings then I really don’t know what to tell you.
Let me summarize what you’re complaining about. You are looking at works of art, movies, videogames, novels, tv shows, and just general media, in the fantasy and scifi setting. You are noting that many of the women in those depictions are overly sexualized, with big boobs and metal bikinis and the like. And you consider this a problem. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that seems to be your problem. And I’m telling you, it’s not a problem. It’s what the male AND female fans want.
People who play videogames, people who read comic books, people who watch movies, in the fantasy/scifi genre, tend to like more of this thing than that thing. This goes for men and women. Polling every woman in the world will tell you that most women hate the metal thongs and the skintight flight suits, but polling women who actually love scifi? Actually love fantasy universes? Their view of the metal thongs will be far more favorable.
Before you say “well they should make more scifi to cater to the rest of the female demographic”, you’re trying to pass off the metal thong as the most common of female attire in scifi, when in actually it’s pretty rare. But further, the fantasy/scifi genres themselves invite a certain type of viewer. And those viewers, men and women, prefer the sexualized outfits.
Consider the tv series Stargate Universe. It was the next installation in the Stargate franchise, building off 10 seasons of Stargate SG-1, and 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis. Atlantis was cut short due to the producers cancelling it in favor of making DVD movies of it, and moving on to Stargate Universe. Universe threw every common scifi thing out the window. Gunfights were virtually nonexistent, alien life (sentient or otherwise) was virtually nonexistent, and even basic technobabble was virtually nonexistent. The series focused entirely on the relationships between the characters, exploring their emotional states with regards to the drama of their predicament, delving into their pasts and personal lives, really milking the melodrama of yearning to see their families again.
It tanked harder than a Uwe Boll flick.
But the thing is, although most Stargate fans HATED the series, Universe was actually pretty popular amongst a whole new group of viewers. People who had never touched Stargate before were now watching it religiously, posting on the IMDB forums in droves about how great and refreshing this new scifi series was. But you know what? Ten people speaking loudly is still only ten people. As much as the new viewerbase loved it, the new viewerbase was tiny. Universe lasted two seasons, cancelled halfway through season 2.
Women tend to be attractive in the scifi/fantasy setting because, for both men AND women, that’s what the fans like to see. It’s not always metal thongs. It could just be the female character having armor whose breastplate accentuates her chest a little bit, having pants that cup her backside maybe half a size too tight. Both men and women design these things, and both men and women watch these things. Regardless of gender, when it comes to science fiction and fantasy, that’s what the fans want.
And besides, this stuff happens to men, too. I humbly direct you to this:
Or, as a less absurd example,
I can do this all day,
If you personally don’t like this kind of stuff, that’s fine, the genre isn’t for you. But don’t whine about the fact that we, men and women, do enjoy it. And besides, for every girl in a metal thong, there are a dozen dressed in a practical manner. What it all comes down to, basically, is this:
And it’s pretty damn sad.
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