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Sat Aug 23, 2014, 10:27 PM

The Hawkeye Initiative redraws absurd superheroine poses with Hawkeye [View all]



We've seen a lot of clever responses to the spine-twisting, butt-baring poses so many female comic book characters are subjected to, but The Hawkeye Initiative is particularly fun. Their mission: to take those particularly awful poses and replace the female characters with Hawkeye.

Why Hawkeye? It seems it all began when artist Blue decided to switch the poses and positions of Hawkeye and the Black Widow on one of their comic book covers:



Then Blue and Noelle Stevenson (also known as Gingerhaze and creator of the fabulous webcomic Nimona threw a challenge out to Tumblr: fix those "Strong Female Character" poses by replacing them with Hawkeye doing the same thing. And the Hawkeye Initiative Tumblr was born. Granted, the poses aren't always exact copies; the contributors are having a bit of silly fun and tend to give Hawkeye but sparkles or make him mug for the camera. But it's always interesting to see artists recontextualize a female pose with a male character.

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http://io9.com/5964969/the-hawkeye-initiative-redraws-absurd-superheroine-poses-with-hawkeye


And before anyone gets started with the false equivalence...


http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/05-the-death-of-snkrs/falseequivalence/



Sadly -- but hardly surprisingly -- many people are still unclear about why sexual harassment is even a problem.

Some of the consequences of widespread sexual objectification are:

Sexual harassment
Depression, eating disorders, etc.
And of course, violence against women:



Thankfully, more and more people who do recognize the sexism inherent in sexual objectification are speaking up. Support these voices. Call out objectification and raise awareness of the problems it causes. This is just one very effective method of fighting back against rape culture and helping to change the way women are portrayed and perceived.




And because this is too good to miss and I know not everyone will click the links, I'm going to include one of the redrawn images of the Madara cover... From the awesome tumblr blog Less Tits N' Ass, More Kickin' Ass:

...just by making the pelvis horizontal and lifting the torso off the ground, Iíve managed to move the center of gravity so her weight is on her feet instead of her knees, she can use her arms to maneuver in most directions, and you still get an interesting body shape to look at. I think this works better, and much more ready to spring into motion.





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