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The Great Spider-Woman Sexist Derriere Scandal: Feminists make asses of selves

September 12, 2014

My latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

“She looks like she’s wearing body-paint, and that’s a big no-no for an industry still trying to remember that women exist and may perhaps read comics and also don’t want to feel completely gross when they do so …. Here’s a simple rule: If it’s inappropriate for a male character, it should also be inappropriate for a female character.”

The only problem with all this moral posturing: It turns out that a male Marvel Comics superhero — namely Spider-Man himself — had appeared on the cover of one of his comic books in the exact same pose: clambering atop a building with his hindquarters stuck up in the air.

“Nobody cared or even noticed,” said the humorist Maddox, whose hilarious (although somewhat NSFW) video uncovered the striking similarity between the two cover images. Maddox even superimposed the Spider-Man image on top of Spider-Woman’s, and the congruity was nearly line for line.

h/t for the image juxtaposition: Ann Althouse

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. we are all blogging about her butt, here’s mine: http://zpatriarchy.blogspot.com/2014/08/spider-woman.html

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