Say that you’re a raging feminist and you’re upset about “rape culture, male patriarchy, male privilege,” and a whole host of other issues that your Gender Studies professor talks about on a regular basis. You want to change the cultural landscape, but you have limited resources. Do you go after the male gamers who just want to play Watch Dogs in peace? Do you go after aging male comic book artists who create variant covers that might sell a couple thousand copies? Or do you go after multi-platinum millionaire female entertainers who grace the covers of countless magazines, get significant radio play, and air time on national television shows?

The answer, of course, is to ignore very real singers and entertainers objectifying themselves under the banner of feminism while going after men whose hobbies deal almost exclusively in fantasy. Why? Because they’re easy targets. If you were a feminist, would you rather go after comic book writer Dan Slott, or Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj? The answer is simple.

Take a look at the variant comic book cover for Spider-Woman that ignited a solar burst of feminist anger in August.

Spider Woman variant

Now look at Jennifer Lopez from her new video “Booty,” featuring Iggy Azalea:

Jennifer Lopz Booty video

Now look at Nicki Minaj in her new video “Anaconda”:

Nicki Minaj Anaconda

Now look at Beyonce in her recent video “Partition”:

Beyonce-partition

Now consider the fact that with the ongoing “GamerGate” controversy, feminists have called gamers “terrorists” on par with “Holocaust deniers.” Who is really degrading the culture?

If one were to use the explosive rhetoric of terror, who is more of a cultural terrorist — the video game maker who gets guys excited about playing Final Fantasy XV, or the woman who objectifies herself to get men of all ages to lust over her? Who is more guilty of perpetuating “rape culture” — the guy who just wants to play the latest installment of Metal Gear, or the woman who strips down to almost nothing, bends over, sticks her butt in the air as high as possible, and then invites you to watch her do it again and again and again on her record label’s YouTube channel?

Final Fantasy XV
Here is a screen shot from Final Fantasy XV. Jennifer Lopez wanted to have a marketing tie-in to the game with her “Booty” video, but the male developers didn’t have any images of female characters shaking their butts around seductively.

Modern feminists have almost zero credibility. They almost exclusively go after the easiest possible targets, often times men in industries who just want to commiserate with other men and be left to their own devices. The next time a feminist tries to give you a hard time about the comic books you read or the video games you play, shove Jennifer Lopez’s butt in her face and move on.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

41 comments

  1. That was really well said. Good points. Feminists have gone after gamers and comic book readers because they are a softer target. Fems do the same thing when they completely ignore the beheadings and rape gangs of the world, while launching a protest against “street harassment” and catcalls in the Western world. Not that I blame them, I’d be more inclined to shriek at a construction worker with poor manners then a radical Islamist armed with a sword, myself.

    For a deeper understanding of the Lopez and Beyonces of the world, women simply tend to have a biological need to control who has access to their sexuality. In our somewhat distorted world of today however, that means “look at me, be attracted to me, buy my albums, but don’t touch. You can never have this. I control this.” In comic books and games, men have access to visuals of women’s sexuality, that don’t fall under the control of women and that tends to freak feminists out.

    We saw this happen with the movie stars who had their pictures hacked out of the cloud. They had no problem exposing themselves to the camera when they controlled who had access to their sexuality, but when they lost control, they freaked out.

    So, biology and this female desire for control plays kind of a significant role in how feminists act.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, insanitybytes22. I appreciate it.

      You bring up an interesting point about control. It would necessitate a new post all together to really explore, but I almost want to write on the “ho-hum” attitude towards the NSA spying scandal, the feds having access to millions of personal email accounts, etc. … but the outrage over a random guy leaking private pictures of celebrities. Those same celebrities are quiet on the politics of having their email open to any nameless faceless bureaucrat, but they’re quickly riled up over Joe Hacker. Don’t get me wrong — they should be angry at Joe Hacker — but their acquiescence to the federal government is rather bizarre.

      Sure, the federal government won’t needlessly leak nude pictures of a celebrity, but … they’ll have all the emails on hand just in case they ever need them down the line… You never know who is going to run for office one day or become an outspoken activist against a particular administration.

    2. I actually laughed when the celebrity cloud scandal happened. What can I say, my bad. It’s just that so many of us little people have been trying to explain why privacy matters, why a bit of respect for human dignity is important, why we don’t want our data in the hands of just anyone.

      The other element to it was that need for control. Celebrities make their money off of attention, so it’s all about look at me. Except for YOU, you aren’t good enough to look at me. It just reeks of sexual control, of a need to elevate your own sexual status by declaring others to be completely out of your league. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, I just imagine that’s kind of what the battle over comic books and video games is about. If I were a guy, I would feel a bit resentful, as if I were being deemed unworthy to view these images, images that are freely shared everywhere else in the world. It may not be a rational thought, but biologically speaking, there’s a bit of a slug in the gut there.

    3. I’ve always found ironic that Beyoncé is considered a “feminist icon” even though she dresses in skimpy clothes and dances around shaking her ass. I thought that went against the idea of so-called feminism.

      Another thing I’ve found ironic is Hollywood’s hypocrisy. They’re upset over the celebrity nude scandal (why you’d take naked pictures of yourself on your phone and send them to people is beyond me, but that’s a question for another time), but not over NSA spying? I mean, like you said, they should be outraged, but their dismissal of the federal government’s spying is just weird. Those pictures could be used by the NSA to blackmail them.

      And as you know, Doug, I’ve played video games for much of my life. Not as much as I once did, but I still do when I have the time. It can be cathartic after a long day. When I first started playing back in the late 1990s, gaming journalism was still about games. It was about celebrating the hobby and bringing people together as a result of their common interest in gaming, regardless of race, gender or whatever. The magazines would be the first line of defense against clowns like Hillary Clinton, Jack Thompson and others who wanted to ban video games because a few deranged losers were inspired by them to shoot up a school, or a college, or something. Thompson was even disbarred as a result of that.

      It was still like that when I was in high school, but it was also around that time that it begin to change. At some point it became less about the games and more about advancing the progressive agenda, which is what lead to Gamer-Gate in the first place. I think it started when some clown writing for Newsweek claimed Resident Evil 5 was “racist” because the main characters (one of whom was a black woman, but of course that was ignored by the social justice warriors as it would’ve undermined their agenda) were fighting zombies in an African village, but it was likely earlier than that. Because a few random losers would send death threats to feminists, suddenly all video gamers were “misogynist,” “sexist” and any other “ism” they could think of. But instead of pointing out that such people were a minority, the journalists jumped on the bandwagon and started agreeing with the feminists, producing article after article calling gamers every name in the book, even going so far to compare them to Nazis, ISIS and Holocaust deniers.

      Which dovetails into my next point. A few years ago, feminist Anita Sarkeesian emerged and started demonizing male gamers and calling them every name in the book. “Sexist,” “racist,” etc. She saw “sexism” and “the patriarchy” where it didn’t exist, and made videos on YouTube. She’s pretty much the Jack Thompson of the 2010s, but the sad thing is, the video game journalists were on her side and joined her in condemning gamers. It’s pretty disgusting. She also told male gamers to “check their privilege” at the door, which is a variation of the “straight while male privilege” nonsense thrown around by leftists. I liked the Main Event’s response: “I’d love to hear her or her supporter Joss Whedon ask me about my black male privilege. I’d love that.”

      And when Sarkeesian claimed she was harassed online, the gaming media was quick to report on the story and come to her defense, using it once more to bash gamers. But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that she created a fake Twitter account to harass herself, and no police report was ever filed by her. The journalists have ignored the story, of course, because it doesn’t fit in with their “all gamers are sexist” agenda.

      The social justice warriors also threatened to doxx and kill a 10-year old kid because he dared to disagree with Sarkeesian. They’ve said some pretty nasty things about women who are opposed to the SJWs’ attempt to smear all gamers. It goes on and on, culminating with the recent revelation that these journalists had a Journolist-type group where they discussed pressuring people to report on Sarkeesian and fellow charatlan Zoe Quinn while spiking any stories that would depict them in a less-than-flattering light.

      Gaming journalism is no longer about celebrating the hobby or bringing together based on their common love of said hobby. It’s about advancing the social justice warriors’ cause of the week. The same could be said about comic book journalism, which has similar problems.

      Whew. I had a lot to say on this subject, but I felt it needed to be said.

    4. I know this is hella late and Carl may not even see this…But man, it’s actually partially the same cancer that fucked up the REST of gaming. No, not feminism that comes later. Their first attempt completely failed at getting traction (1983 video games illustrated, and not just feminism alone! Was started by publicly renowned CIA asset Gloria Steinem!)
      No no, when it really started changing, and it actually changed very VERY slowly, because only small portions were gave way at a time… Was Sega CD. Hollywood never cared about FMV on the PC because the PC had a very tough and critical market to break in. Consoles though, had a lot of shall we say ‘generic taste’ family appeal. Hasbro tried to make their own system, but eventually found it cost-prohibitive, as they were treating development and marketing as if it were laserdisc (which was full of those old Dragon’s Lair-y QTE games). One of the games leftover from this attempt, was the infamous Sewer Shark. And it had just enough ‘game’ in it to appeal to one particular gamer/programmer/ceo/moneygrubbing accountant during Hasbro’s IP firesale of aborted ideas.
      That ceo…Was Trip Hawkins.
      Of Electronic Arts.
      You may resume beating the shit out of your waifu pillow now. Yes, once again, the problem stems from EA.
      How it worked was, see, Trip at the time was making a killing porting the best PC games to console. You might remember the infamous yellow tagged carts. Ports with improved sound and graphics on things like King’s Bounty, Star Control, and the like. Unlike with in-house properties no expense was spared on getting the most experienced hands to work on these titles. Because they were already guaranteed hits right out of the box. No risk of loss means higher budget. Well, when it comes to FMV….who knows the most about movies? So a large majority of talent in those games were from Hollywood. And maybe some of you remember a couple of those guys complaining that games (and especially their stories) should ‘be more like Hollywood’
      There’s too much to go into with how the 3DO also played a part (for one thing, many game flops made more money being bribed to be made than actually selling), but when it crashed and burned, not everyone decided to quit. Some of the hollywood folk stayed around believing there was still that ‘big splashy low-effort blockbuster’ out there.
      Fast forwards a bit to 2004, and we have the first confirmation that the Hollywood part was here to stay. The confirmation was the buy-out of TechTV and its transformation into G4. And what else launched around that time? Many of the ‘poseurs’ we know today, like Kotaku. So, indirectly, EA got us here, by first allowing the hollywood infection in. As to why it’s SJs, well, agenda pushers are the only ones not illegal immigrants willing to do hard or repetitively mundane jobs for peanuts. If they’ve been good little girls and boys, they graduate to ‘journalist’ and get to take bribes and get free trips around the country and all the other obvious perks, aka review bribes
      And of course between them and Eidos, how games were marketed in general also changed for the worse.

  2. @Carl

    Speaking of SJW’s and gaming, what about games themselves, like pretty much most things Bioware has done, ESPECIALLY the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchise?

    1. I’m not sure what you mean. Have I played them? No. Like I said, I don’t play as often as I used to. I don’t always have the time like I did in middle school and high school and frankly getting my book done is a lot more important than playing games. I play a lot of sports games (Madden mostly) and occasionally adventure games like Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider. I mostly use my PlayStation 3 as a DVD player now. I don’t even use my old Xbox, sold my GameCube in a relative’s garage sale back in 2006 and have thought about selling it, not that I’d get much for something that is 14-year old technology, though.

      I still follow gaming news which is why I had such a lengthy response regarding Gamer Gate. But on average I play less than I did when I was a teenager. Maybe once or twice a week, if that. It used to be every day after I got my homework done, but those days are long past.

    2. And I even don’t play Madden that much anymore, either, largely because getting my book done is more important to me at the moment than playing general manager and winning (fake) Super Bowls are.

    3. I used to get Madden every year, and then I think I stopped around 2004. I love how I just aged myself right there… 😉

      I’d love to play Shovel Night, I really want to play the new Metal Gear when it comes out (I still haven’t played the last one, even though I own it), and the upcoming Final Fantasy would be cool to check out…but I just don’t have the time these days.

      I hope your book is going well, Carl.

    4. “I used to get Madden every year, and then I think I stopped around 2004. I love how I just aged myself right there… ;)”

      That’s when I started playing Madden. It was either then or slightly before then.

      “I’d love to play Shovel Night, I really want to play the new Metal Gear when it comes out (I still haven’t played the last one, even though I own it), and the upcoming Final Fantasy would be cool to check out…but I just don’t have the time these days.”

      I always liked Metal Gear, although the most recent one I played was #4, which came with my PS3. I beat it back in 2009, but had to delete my saved progress because I was running out of room for new game data. I’ve never really played Final Fantasy; used to play Kingdom Hearts, which was a Disney-Final Fantasy crossover series, though.

      I don’t have as much as time to play anymore, either. There have been times in recent years were I’ve gone for a few months without actually playing anything. Like I said, more often than not I use the PS3 as a DVD player.

      “I hope your book is going well, Carl.”

      Thanks, I hope yours is as well.

  3. I had 10 yard fight for Nintendo…Most of my game days were on Atari. I have done some on ps3 now since I am doing some statistical analysis for a company in the industry.

    1. Interesting, I didn’t know you were doing statistical analysis for a company.

      I like my PS3, largely because I got it for nothing; I won it at my all-night grad party. It’s the only thing I’ve ever won in my life.

      The first system that I remember playing was a Super Nintendo, which was at my cousins’ house. I also have memories of playing a Nintendo 64 when I was in first or second grade, at a friend’s house. My first actual console of my own was a Nintendo GameCube that I had to share with my sister at first, but then she stopped playing it and it became mine. My second console was an Xbox, which I stopped playing a few years ago and is now stored somewhere in the house. The Ps3 is my third console.

    2. On top of my normal job I work on the side doing other things such as business analysis and other fun tasks. I received PS3 for free as well (I was doing lag compensation tests). I will be getting a PS4 for free as well in order to test a product for another company. I guess that is why I found it funny when Slott tried to tell me about people who work in stats like I did not know anything. I have also done some stats work in the comic industry as well.

    3. Cool. Sounds pretty interesting. I probably won’t be getting a PS4 for a while, at least not until the price drops a bit.

      It’s funny how people who have never worked with statistics like Slott try and lecture you, someone who actually has, about it. It’s kind of like how Larry Correia wrote a piece on gun control, and people called him “biased” because he worked in the gun industry for years. I mean, heaven forbid, someone who’s actually worked in that field might know more than the internet liberal whose basic knowledge of how the world works comes from Facebook memes.

    4. Like I said earlier in the thread, video gaming journalism (and also comic book journalism, but that’s probably a discussion for another day) is corrupt. It’s no longer about celebrating the hobby and is about advancing the progressive agenda instead. A few random losers threaten feminists, and the gaming media thinks it’s “evidence” of rampant “sexism” among gamers. Anita Sarkeesian fakes threats against herself, but the gaming media defends her. It’s pathetic.

      The most recent SJW to defend Sarkeesian and try and dismiss Gamer Gate was Spoony, a former video game reviewer for That Guy with the Glasses, who called it “MRA BS” on his Twitter feed. He proves that he’s clueless about the whole thing and that he is no longer relevant, not that he ever was. The ironic thing is that he was dismissed from TGWTG in 2012 for harassing two of its female reviewers on Twitter, but now the SJWs are hailing him as some kind of hero for that Tweet.

    5. “I wonder if TGWTG’s Linkara has anything to say about all this? His reviews have shown him to be very progressive (he slammed Red Hood #1 using these webcomics to support his point, he plugs a lot of Gail Simone’s work, and he isn’t very fond of Holy Terror), ”

      I looked at Linkara’s Twitter feed a few days ago, and he shared some Tweet/meme from a feminist who was ranting about “straight white male privilege” in video games, so it’s pretty clear where he stands on the issue. He’s gone on rants about “sexism” in comics before, and that, along with his hatred of Frank Miller has led me to stop watching his videos altogether. Plus he worships Gail Simone as if she’s some kind of goddess… but in reality, she’s quite overrated, in my opinion. They have a lot in common, though: both are whiny SJWs trying to get the comics industry to conform to their whacked-out progressive agendas.

      The hilarious thing is that Linkara claimed to be a conservative last October in one of his videos, but the views he espouses contradict that claim.

      “but when it comes to his OWN comics career, well…”

      LOL. That’s funny how he used a site that bashed his own comic. I am willing to cut him some slack on Lightbringer since he was pretty young when he wrote it, and I know that I wrote some pretty embarrassing stories when I was young, too. As for Revolution of the Mask, from what little I’ve read of it, I wasn’t impressed.

  4. Manara isn’t going to draw variants anymore :/

    http://www.newsarama.com/22208-whats-with-marvels-cancelled-milo-manara-variants.html

    >Tuesday comic book retailers were informed by Diamond Comics Distributors that two upcoming variant covers for October’s Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1 and November’s Thor #2, solicited to be drawn by Milo Manara, will no longer be illustrated by the veteran Italian artist. Other artists will instead draw the variants. Siya Oum will draw the Axis #1 variant, and the new artist for the Thor #2 variant has yet to be named.

    >Given the recent attention and criticism Manara’s solicited variant for November’s Spider-Woman #1 received by some fans and sectors of the comic book press, on the surface the changes and their timing could be interpreted as conspicuous and potentially related. Asked to explain the cancellations Tuesday afternoon, Marvel declined to comment.

    >Neither covers’ artwork was released to the press or retailers prior to their cancellation, so it remains unclear if the covers were ever actually illustrated.

    >As of press time, however, the Spider-Woman #1 Milo Manara variant remains on Marvel’s schedule and will be published as solicited.

    Feels bad, man. Why can’t comics discussion be about comics anymore???

    1. Asked to explain the cancellations Tuesday afternoon, Marvel declined to comment.

      But of course. Ha! These guys in charge of Marvel’s comics division are so pathetic. They’re happy to take to Twitter and spout off on all sorts of issues, but when their own ideology comes back to haunt them and the response is “no comment.”

      Thanks for the link. I commented on the page by basically just reiterating what I said here.

    2. LOL… looks like it wasn’t about the backlash at all, but rather that Manara didn’t have the time.

      http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/09/24/no-everyone-this-is-not-comicgate-milo-manara-is-still-creating-covers-for-marvel/

      This exposes another issue though. Why did all these sites IMMEDIATELY jump to conclusions? That Marvel exec guy is right, shoddy journalism on their part. If people are going to associate every bit of information they hear with SOCIAL ISSUES then anything legitimate will be smothered.

    1. “But of course. Ha! These guys in charge of Marvel’s comics division are so pathetic. They’re happy to take to Twitter and spout off on all sorts of issues, but when their own ideology comes back to haunt them and the response is “no comment.””

      It’s always amusing to see them eat their own, how their own warped ideology comes back to bite them.

      “Feels bad, man. Why can’t comics discussion be about comics anymore???”

      I feel the same way, Starfire. It hasn’t been about comics since the SJWs took over. I get more enjoyment out of Marvel’s movies and older comics than I do their newer comics

    2. Recently, Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) gave an idiotic speech at the UN about how “the perception of feminism as man-hating needs to stop.” Well, I hate to break it to you, Emma, but feminists brought that on themselves. If they would stop throwing around the “privilege” card, stop calling people who disagree with them “MRAs” (I didn’t even know what that was until fairly recently), stop whining about innocuous things like cat-calling, focus on the barbaric treatment of women in the Middle East and just grow up in general, then maybe people would be more willing to listen to them.

      Plus she should stick to acting; she lost all credibility to me once she decided to associate with the UN.

  5. Comics Alliance put out a post today about sexualization in comics, it regurgitates what’s already been said (“males aint sexualized…….deal with it”) so there’s no point in posting the link.

    What’s interesting about it is the comments section:

    I’m Pakistani, and the majority of my family is Muslim (two leg-ups in the Oppression Olympics, wow!) and I completely agree with what the first guy said. Comics, cartoons, and other nerd bastions became popular through escapism; people could, at least for a while, forget what happened in the real world and immerse themselves in idealized fantasy. I guess talking about things like drugs, terrorism, and equality is fine, but the problem is that they’re all played completely seriously. There has been little to no effort to reframe them to fit the context of the universe they have been written in. (Ms. Marvel is a start, I guess… Kamala has been the victim of racism a few times, but from what I’ve heard those incidents take a backseat to heroics.)

    What I’m basically saying is that if they shove rants about misgendering into the Bionicle reboot or preach about otherkin in Gravity Falls I’ll die of embarrassment.

    Big Hero 6 has a new trailer out, and I will happily go watch this movie, because it has a diverse cast of protagonists and doesn’t make it out to be THE BIGGEST THING.

    1. Comics Alliance is a joke of a website. It’s run by radical SJWs who are more concerned about promoting the progressive agenda than they are about celebrating the comic book hobby. Plus their writers don’t know jack about comic book history, either.

    2. Also, the one Comics alliance commenter shows the soft racism of the left by using the acronym “POC” aka “people of color.” Sounds a lot like “colored people” to me. I was always taught that “colored people” was a bad thing to say and I’ve always abided by that. But I guess it’s ok for liberals to say such things, because “they care” or something.

  6. Oh, this entry’s a beaut. A little bit about my perspective: Once upon a time, I was able to trade on sexuality in order to get ahead in the workplace. It is *absolutely* a choice attractive women make in order to get a bigger piece of the pie in whatever context you prefer to use. The ones who say otherwise are lying. I chose not to. Other women I knew did use their attractiveness, and it made me sick, even then, I believed it absolutely cheapens women and how people perceive them in the workplace. And outside of it.

    Now it seems that professional wear has gotten ridiculously risque. I’m not supporting the ‘dress like a man, act like a man’ in the workplace ethic, but conversely, sexuality has come to the boardroom. Because of things like the entertainers you mentioned, who have not only traded on their sexuality, but have corrupted women who should know better than to fall into this trap. Once you are sexually objectified, you *will* stay there. You have traded one small measure of success for any respect at all.

    Take that to the next step, where women are sexting and getting angry when those private photos are found and made available for public consumption. Outrage? Really? How many hacking scandals does it take for anyone to realize your data is not safe on the cloud? How unbelievably gullible to you need to be to think the NSA wasn’t looking at data? Wake me up when the scandal hits that China is doing it too. And Russia. And whoever else is spying on us. I smelled coffee a long time ago.

    Women in general are confused about their roles, including how to feel about their personal sexuality. They DO like the power. The first comment that mentioned it certainly got a lot of it right, from my pov. Women want control. They want power. But there are so very many (too many) who sabotage themselves by showing their body in all sorts of sexual contortions and states of undress and wonder why they have no respect as an intelligent, thinking woman. It’s not rocket science. If you don’t want to be objectified, don’t add to the mix. It’s bad enough as it is. Stop making it worse!

    So when a cover with that sort of pose comes out, it’s not exactly women getting angry because of a woman being posed like that in art, it’s because it shows a pose that hasn’t been used in this context before, and it does nothing to empower women. But imo, it’s a hypocritical argument. You can’t buy into the oversexualization of the entertainment industry but get enraged over art. It’s bass ackwards. Art is art, and should be judged on its own merit, but not because it’s sending a message. Salvator Dali sent a message too. So did Picasso. OMG! He drew naked women!! NAKED!

    No, I’m not fond of that pose. It has someone who is supposed to be portrayed as a strong woman who has a history of not acting in a sexualized manner, literally going doggy-style. But it’s art, and it’s a comic book. So I’ll save my outrage for other things, including young women who no longer identify with feminism. Seriously. They’re trashing feminism. Thank you, Rush Limbaugh. Thank you, Beyonce. Thank you, Miley Cyrus.

    We’re losing credibility, and it’s our own fault.

    1. Rogue,

      As always, I appreciate your feedback. It’s always incredibly thoughtful and delivered with in just the right tone.

      Oh, this entry’s a beaut. A little bit about my perspective: Once upon a time, I was able to trade on sexuality in order to get ahead in the workplace. It is *absolutely* a choice attractive women make in order to get a bigger piece of the pie in whatever context you prefer to use. The ones who say otherwise are lying.

      I once had a coworker sit on my desk with a skirt on while I was at my computer and I thought, “What the heck does this mean? Is she playing some weird power trip? I don’t even get what’s going on right now…” Whatever it was, she was obviously using some sort of sexuality to try and influence me. The only thing that it made me think was that she had issues and that I shouldn’t associate with her.

      If you don’t want to be objectified, don’t add to the mix. It’s bad enough as it is. Stop making it worse!

      There was a part of me that wanted to go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. and find countless pictures of women at comic conventions objectifying themselves. How many of these same women freaking out about the Spider-Woman variant are into cosplay that makes them look incredibly cheap? A Spider-Woman variant is not acceptable, but they can squeeze their breasts into latex Catwoman outfits once or twice a year and pose for the cameras? Gotcha.

      Thanks again for the comment. Again, I appreciate it.

    2. “There was a part of me that wanted to go on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. and find countless pictures of women at comic conventions objectifying themselves. How many of these same women freaking out about the Spider-Woman variant are into cosplay that makes them look incredibly cheap? A Spider-Woman variant is not acceptable, but they can squeeze their breasts into latex Catwoman outfits once or twice a year and pose for the cameras? Gotcha.”

      I’ve been thinking the exact same thing. And if they do cosplay, they obviously don’t see the irony when they complain about the Spider-Woman cover.

    3. Yes, Douglas, the ones who do that sort of desktop posing do have issues. You were right to not associate with her. It gets to be a game with some women, where some have parlayed a “dalliance” into something much more sinister, but I won’t delve into that here. That’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

      The double-standard women are using is sadly understandable, because for many, sexual power is the only kind they will ever have. If they squeeze their breasts into that Catwoman outfit, it guarantees attention. Women just have to realize if they push the big red button, there is a male reaction, and sometimes one that’s excessive when she simply put on a skintight costume in a crowded arena that is created for that roleplaying. Attention seems to also go over into unwanted touching, which is not acceptable, no matter where you are, and no matter what you wear. It’s a problem when a guy can wear a cosplay item but a woman is mostly forced into a suit revealingly designed for the super physique, aka: eye candy. (also designed by male artists). It’s a conundrum, I tell ya!

      BUT, the Spiderwoman cover is art. To shoehorn art in order to apply it to everyday moral choices and decide it is sending “the wrong message” is beyond ridiculous. There’s lots of art I don’t like. I don’t hang it on my wall. Can I ever claim that art is sending the wrong message? The whole concept is ludicrous beyond belief. Spend some time in SoHo, then maybe people will begin to scratch the surface of understanding and artist’s vision when they create art. Regardless of the medium. If anyone made a mis-step, it was Marvel by hiring a known erotic artist to depict a woman who like I mentioned, has no history of erotic or titillating behavior. That depiction of her can be argued that it made her a weaker character. And that is what art does, my friend. It makes you think. It makes you talk. It makes you feel. It’s not up to the artist to decide what you do, but to call it a “message” is pure crap.

      OK, I’m done ranting here. I need to go look at some art that doesn’t make me feel like hitting someone with a frying pan.

  7. Joss Whedon recently compared Gamer Gate to the KKK. I kid you not. I don’t have the time to find a screen cap of the tweet, but it’s here in the Main event’ video at the 31:34 mark:

    1. If I were more up to speed on Gamer Gate, then I’d definitely do a post on Joss Whedon for that one… I’m really glad Main Event took him to task. The problem is that it’s lodged in the middle of a YouTube video. If he had a blog and wrote specifically on Wheon’s comment, then he’d have a lot more eyes on it. People who need to see it, would.

      Guys like us are in a tough spot, though. If I decided not to see a movie or read a comic book every single time one of these artists said something disgusting, then it wouldn’t be long before my list of names ran out the door. There are some people who I’ll avoid as much as possible (e.g., Sean Penn), but for the most part I’m just interested in exposing guys like Wheadon. I’ll admit that creatively he’s talented, and I can celebrate that talent — but I will let everyone know what he can also say really mean things, that politically his mind is warped, that he’s a hypocrite, etc.

    2. I’ll still see the Age of Ultron, because if I boycotted every actor/actress/director I disagreed with I’d have nothing left to enjoy. However, after Penn’s “go get rectal cancer” comments, I will never see one of his movies. That really crossed a line.

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