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on Heroines

I have to say, I'm so freaking sick of the idea of the heroine as a sex object. Yes, I am a guy. Hard to believe? I guess I would just like to think of us as a species that has progressed past such base ideas. I guess the problem is that guys write most of this stuff- movies, comics, video games, etc. and they know that it appeals to the primal urges of the male audience.

Take a look at the male heroes in popular culture. There's some damn ugly guys been saving the world since the beginning of 'pop culture.' John Wayne could've been your dad who came home drunk and smacked you around when you pissed him off, Sylvester Stallone generally plays a monosyllabic cro-magnon meathead, and Wolverine looks like a damn lumberjack. But the girls are always bombshells. It pains me, the realization that we will probably never progress past this.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Matthew Paul said...

I must whole heartedly agree with your sentiment here.

The lack of creative female voices in our media along with the narrow minded, "playing to the cheap seats" mentality has made progress slow.

It is one of the biggest reasons why women cannot enjoy comics the way guys can. The majority are CLEARLY not written for them.

An example, my gf's only comment thru the first 15 minutes of "Not Another Teen Movie"??

"When are the girls supposed to laugh?"

1:25 PM  
Blogger Mr. Matthew Paul said...

I know that was a jump, from comics to movies, but I think you get the meat o' what i mean.

It is so wide spread and deep seeded, it effects everything.

I personally feel it will get worse before it gets better.

1:27 PM  
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