My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)

If the Avengers all posed like the Black WidowWith all the buzz surrounding Marvel’s The Avengers, you’ve probably seen Kevin Bolk’s Avengers Booty Ass-emble parody. It answers the question “what would happen if the male Avengers posed like the Black Widow in this piece of official promotional art?” Hilariousness happens — that’s what.

In fairness, The Hulk’s pose is exaggerated. Unfortunately, his is the only one. I own plenty of comics with ladies posing just like the rest the Widow’s teammates.

Anyways, this parody had inspired me to share some more of my favorite, funny, feminist superhero fan art.

Manfire Strikes a Pose

You already know how I feel about Starfire’s reboot in Red Hood and The Outlaws. That’s why I was so thrilled to stumble upon Ashley R. Guillory’s gender-swapped redraw of Starfire. His name’s Manfire and I suppose someone out there is going to argue that his pose is totally natural.

Why Cleaveage is Bad for Crime Fighting

I love Dresden Codak’s Why Cleavage is bad for Crime Fighting. I’ve always hated Power Girl’s costume. The suggestion that the chest hole symbolically represents her search for identity is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. The only thing it represents is one of the many things wrong with our society.

Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

And if you know of any good  feminist superhero fan art (or superhero fan art that promotes diversity of any kind) send us a link to JourneyintoAwesome at gmail dot com and we might include it next time!

3 Responses to “My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)”

  1. 1 geekalitarian May 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I love Why Cleavage Is Bad For Crimefighting! I want that made as an insert and distributed with all comics. It would be like a full disclosure warning.

  2. 2 male-thus-clueless-misogynistic-and-wrong June 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    The pic with them all showing their butts is dishonest, BW’s original pose wasn’t nearly as ridiculous as any of those (the only one similar is ironman’s pose, which is the least ridiculous, disregarding the more feminine “lordosis”, which is a natural trait BTW), and, as a minor detail, black widow looks like she’s dancing, in the parody’s pose.

    Similar points regarding how superheroes costumes are not quite good for fighting could be done for male superheroes’ costumes as well, but for some reason people don’t use to whine about it at the same rates.

    The one with the “male firestar” is both homophobic and misogynistic, at best just somewhat ignorant/dishonest. A man dressed and/or posing with a feminine body expression will tend to look ridicule, by common standards. By saying that the pose/clothing is inherently ridicule, it implies that the feminine “body language” of women (and some gay men) is inherently ridicule. That only by posing tough/butchy (and perhaps topless), women can avoid being ridicule. It would be obvious if the same was applied to images of women in public, in general; take pictures of them, and them pose male models in the same poses and clothings.

    This is just the denial that women have different anatomy and typical body gestures, as an attempt of social criticism. What comes next, will “feminists” promote masculinizing surgeries and fashion in order to reduce the sexism/sexual dimorphism in the real world?

    There are plenty of instances where superhero art is really ridiculous in its depictions of women, for some reason the “activists” seem to focus mostly in the worst examples.

    • 3 Daniel Amrhein June 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Hi male-thus-clueless-misogynistic-and-wrong,

      Being male myself (and the writer of this blog), I’m not quite sure why you seem to think I’d assume that you’re clueless, misogynistic, and wrong because of your sex. That’s just sad. Didn’t you know that men can be feminists too?

      I admit that the male heroes’ poses are exaggerated for comedic effect, but it seems you’re missing the point. The poses aren’t meant to be literal recreations of Black Widow’s original pose, but rather to simply bring attention to the ludicrously sexual pose the promo art placed her in.

      Furthermore, I find it funny that you bring up the lordosis since that is actually a medical condition defined by an “abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region, resulting in a swaybacked posture.” Certainly, numerous female comic books do seem to suffer from this condition. However, did you know that “lordosis” has another meaning? The lordosis is also “a posture assumed by some female mammals during mating, in which the back arches downward.” THAT is what’s happening here with the original Widow promo art; she’s literally presenting for a male audience. There’s no reason a super spy like Widow would be in a lordosis pose during an action sequence like this. It’s all for the male gaze, pure and simple.

      I agree that many male heroes also have ridiculous costumes, like Namor (and it’s something I’ve already discussed here But you can’t honestly believe that it’s the same thing. Comics are still predominantly created and read by males. You have to keep that in mind. The “sexy” male hero costumes aren’t for the benefit of their female readers, but rather for their male readers. It’s male wish fulfillment. Male heroes may be sexualized, but they’re not objectified to the same degree as their female counterparts.

      Again, with Manfire I believe you are missing the point. I don’t believe that the piece is saying that feminine body language is inherently ridiculous, rather it’s saying that always depicting women in these kinds of poses is ridiculous, unnatural, and misogynistic. I think it’s kind of disturbing that you think these hyper-sexualized depictions of women are natural.

      Women do have different anatomy, but that doesn’t mean that comics should always depict them sticking it out for the male reader.

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