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I just spent the last hour looking at pictures of dogs on tumblr. 1/24th of my day has been wasted… And it was totally worth it! Here is my pup this morning. He loves to chew apart logs.

Some characters are meant to have a pronounced sexuality. It’s a character trait. Some characters are arrogant, some are humble, some are compassionate, some are icily pragmatic. Some characters are confidently sexual. That manifests in flirtation, charisma, and the ways they physically present themselves to the world and the reader….

…Female superhero characters can and should still be sexy — but sexy in diverse ways, driven by character, respectful of the fact that women are not objects. There probably isn’t a single adult woman in the genre who hasn’t been presented as a sultry siren, but we can surely all draw comparable lists of the characters who we think actually ought to belong in that category.

Characters like Poison Ivy, Emma Frost, and Catwoman should play up their sexuality, just like Dick Grayson, Noh-Varr or Gambit. A character like She-Hulk, on the other hand, should be treated more like Thor — confident in her sexuality, physically impressive, but never submissive. A character like Wonder Woman should be afforded the same respect as Superman — so if you wouldn’t present Superman a certain way, don’t present Wonder Woman that way either. Spider-Woman and Spider-Man are both implausible acrobats — but they should find themselves in poses ripped from porn to an equal degree, which is to say, never….

…Some artists do great sex like some artists do great spaceships, but spaceships don’t typically belong on the cover of crime noir comics, and Milo Manara butt shots don’t typically belong on the cover of comics launched at Women in Marvel panels….

…Sex will always be part of superhero comics, and rightly so; it’s a big part of the appeal. But, biff bam pow, superhero comics aren’t just for straight guys anymore. Having more women in the clubhouse means changing the way superhero comics operate. There are some fans who act like this is going to be the death of the comics that they love. In fact, showing women the respect they deserve may be the genre’s best hope for survival.

http://comicsalliance.com/marvel-dc-female-audience-female-characters-female-creators/

I highly  recommend you read this article generally speaking but the quotes above really sum up an important point about comic books I am very much in agreement with.

Depending upon the character, and context there is nothing wrong with depicting a female character as sexy or flirtatious or attractive/desirable to other characters. The problem is when they’re demeaned or objectified through that or have little to them beyond that or when that is the overwhelming majority of female depictions.

There should be VARIETY in our female characters and the depictions of sexuality in comics because not only is it closer to life but the male characters get to have more variation so the female characters should as well.

It’s basic equality and treating these characters as, well…characters. Not men or women, but just people, characters, with thoughts, feelings, strengths, weaknesses, high points, low points, flaws, heroic moments or even moments of moral ambiguity.

And when you do that with ANY set of characters you automatically increase the quality of the work across the board. I mean regardless of issues of gender or sexism doesn’t it just make more sense to make things less homogenous?

Doesn’t that make it more interesting and less stale? Like how in the 90s when every other character was a violent, gun wielding anti-hero/borderline villain with implausible muscles? Contrary to popular belief that character archetype isn’t inherently bad it just doesn’t appeal to everyone and it especially doesn’t do that when there are so many of them that they sort of become so similar it’s hard to distinguish. It’s boring.

That’s why I actually don’t wholly agree with the concept that female characters should  be sexy because some of them should be others don’t have to be, the same way not every super villain MUST be morally grey. Some of them can just be out and out bad the same way some characters (male or female) can be overtly sexual and it could have something to do with their past or it could just be that that’s the way they are.

Mary Jane and Black Cat are prime examples of this actually. Despite the cheesecake they’ve been used for in the past, neither character is a true sex object except when the writers choose to make them that. Like the odd issue here and there MJ or Felicia have been used just as the person Spider-Man or whoever has sex with and that’s not good.

With Felicia it’s gotten worse as you get to her depiction in the Brand New Day era onwards and she really is little more than a nymphomaniac sex object used to indulge adolescent fantasies and/or the fantasies of middle aged men. But she isn’t a true character anymore.

And yet amidst all that MJ and Felicia are legitimately sexy as part of their characters. And that’s fine. It doesn’t make them worthy of slut-shaming by some fans or inherently examples of how female characters are just sex objects by others. 

(via marvelmeta)

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thesonofhypnos:

HOW FREAKING LONG AGO WAS THIS PUBLISHED?!

long ago
the fact that this is still applicable is more disturbing

thesonofhypnos:

HOW FREAKING LONG AGO WAS THIS PUBLISHED?!

long ago

the fact that this is still applicable is more disturbing

kiefeon:

arelyhepburn:

This is the best gif you’ll ever see

silly coon you’re not Sonic

"Can you come up with a better plan"

kiefeon:

arelyhepburn:

This is the best gif you’ll ever see

silly coon you’re not Sonic

"Can you come up with a better plan"

ya-ssui:

Robstar snuggle doodle dump! ovo/

They are going to be the death of me. Someone stop me.

jetgreguar:

terra-butt:

I WAS TRYING TO DO A TRICK ON MY FRIEND DARRELL BUT THEN I ENDED UP NEARLY CRYING I FEEL SO SHITTY LOOK HOW NICE HE IS.

I TOLD HIM HE DIDNT HAVE TO HELP ME AND GOD BLESS HIS BEAUTIFUL SOUL.

this went from funny to adorable really fast

(Source: yungterra)

mom: don't eat the cookies yet, they just came out of the oven and are too hot

me: fire cannot kill a dragon