docgold13
docgold13:

I’m actually a fan of Milo Manara’s artwork, and I find no fault with him regarding the whole tempest arising from his cover for the Spider-Woman re-launch (if you hire a erotic artist for a cover, you’re going to get an erotic cover, right?).
Still, I think Marvel has made a big mistake here.  Marvel and the comic industry as a whole very much needs new female readers (needed for its long-term financial health).  Utilizing a cover that show’s Jess Drew looking like… well, looking like this, sort of sends the message that this book is solely targeted toward straight male readers (or, perhaps also gay female readers).  It shows Jess more as a sexualized object and less as a hero that readers (especially young female readers) can look up to and emulate.  All and all, it compounds the basic message that superhero comics are for boys only… a message that is slowly but surely crippling the industry.
I’m not saying that sexy images are bad.  I like sexy art as much as the next person.  And of course female readers can be just as attracted to sexy covers as male readers.  But this image is a tough one.  Jess is in a  submissive pose, looking like she getting ready to be taken from behind.  In zoological terms, such a posture is referred to as ‘mating acquiescence’ where the female animal accepts the male suitor and allows him to mount her. 
yikes…
Whatever, in short, it just doesn’t show Spider-Woman as a strong, admirable hero.. a character that both male and female fans can look up to and want to read about.  Again, I think Manara is an incredibly talented craftsman, but this cover is just all kinds of wrong. 

I’m a lesbian, I love Jess. The Manara cover does absolutely zero for my libido.
It’s not targeted toward me, I’ll tell you that much.

docgold13:

I’m actually a fan of Milo Manara’s artwork, and I find no fault with him regarding the whole tempest arising from his cover for the Spider-Woman re-launch (if you hire a erotic artist for a cover, you’re going to get an erotic cover, right?).

Still, I think Marvel has made a big mistake here.  Marvel and the comic industry as a whole very much needs new female readers (needed for its long-term financial health).  Utilizing a cover that show’s Jess Drew looking like… well, looking like this, sort of sends the message that this book is solely targeted toward straight male readers (or, perhaps also gay female readers).  It shows Jess more as a sexualized object and less as a hero that readers (especially young female readers) can look up to and emulate.  All and all, it compounds the basic message that superhero comics are for boys only… a message that is slowly but surely crippling the industry.

I’m not saying that sexy images are bad.  I like sexy art as much as the next person.  And of course female readers can be just as attracted to sexy covers as male readers.  But this image is a tough one.  Jess is in a  submissive pose, looking like she getting ready to be taken from behind.  In zoological terms, such a posture is referred to as ‘mating acquiescence’ where the female animal accepts the male suitor and allows him to mount her. 

yikes…

Whatever, in short, it just doesn’t show Spider-Woman as a strong, admirable hero.. a character that both male and female fans can look up to and want to read about.  Again, I think Manara is an incredibly talented craftsman, but this cover is just all kinds of wrong. 

I’m a lesbian, I love Jess. The Manara cover does absolutely zero for my libido.

It’s not targeted toward me, I’ll tell you that much.

jakewyattriot

jakewyattriot:

I apologize as this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, or passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

zarabithia

zarabithia:

Every day is a struggle not to rant about tumblr’s attempts to villainize the importance of personal choice. 

# THIS JUST IN: MY PERSONAL CHOICES DO NOT HAVE TO BE ‘EMPOWERING’ AS JUDGED BY A GROUP OF RANDOM OTHER PEOPLE # I OWE OTHER PEOPLE ONLY THIS: THAT MY PERSONAL CHOICES DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THEIR CHOICES OR THEIR RIGHTS # THAT’S IT # THAT IS ALL YOU ARE OWED # THAT’S ALL ANYONE OWES YOU # I DO NOT OWE YOU THE DECISION TO KEEP MY MAIDEN NAME BECAUSE YOUR AWFUL ASS THINKS THAT CHANGING MY NAME ISN’T EMPOWERING # UGH YOU CANNOT TRY TO POLICE OTHER PEOPLE’S NON HARMFUL BEHAVIOR THROUGH THIS ‘EMPOWERING’ BULLSHIT # AND TRY TO CLAIM YOU ARE DOING SO FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE REASONS # BECAUSE NO # AND ALSO OBVIOUSLY HOMOHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA AND MISOGYNY AND RACISM AND ETC FALL UNDER # THE WHOLE NOT INTERFERRING WITH PEOPLE’S RIGHTS # PERSONAL CHOICE IS IMPORTANT TO MY BODY AND MY LIFE AND IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH THIS # THEN GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY FEMINISM # IF YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH MODERN DAY FEMINISM IS THAT IT OVER EMPHASIZES PERSONAL CHOICE # THEN LOL FUCK YOU PRETTY MUCH # IF YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM WITH MODERN DAY SOCIAL JUSTICE IS THAT IT OVER EMPHASIZES PERSONAL CHOICE # THEN LOL FUCK YOU # YEAH I’M LOOKING AT YOU SHITTY POST THAT’S GOING AROUND ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS # YOU WERE A GOOD POST # UNTIL YOU STARTED RANTING ABOUT THAT

There are many things that I respect, admire and, if I’m being completely honest, love about you Z, but the ability to write a concise text post before adding a small essay, several times the length of the post itself in the tags is right up there near the top.