are the Avengers sexist?
i saw the movie. i liked it. quite a bit, actually.
i’ve never been much of a comic guy, but for some reason find myself surrounded with people who think Marvel and DC comics are perhaps the coolest thing. ever. so i’ve seen the Spider-Man movies. all three of them. while i was admittedly entertained by the first one, in the second two i thought tobey maguire would’ve been better to stay in his jockey attire than to don the spidey suit once again.
i watched the Batman movies. all of them. and i was amused by the most recent adventures of the dark knight, but ever since i watched ‘homophobic batman‘ on YouTube, i am suspicious of his relationship with the joker. and his voice. sheesh. plus, when bale went NUTS over a stuntman walking on the set of another film, i have to admit i kind of lost respect for this version of the caped crusader. we should bring mr. mom back.
speaking of mothers, last time mine was in town, she wanted to go see the Green Lantern. i wanted my money back. really. i haven’t seen a movie that bad since the latest installment in the Indiana Jones series.
regardless of my past negative experiences, i understand that a lot of folks truly enjoy comic books, and so i keep on trying. and when i saw the Avengers, i must admit that i was pleasantly surprised. i enjoyed it. most everyone i’ve spoken to who’s seen the film share similar sentiments. and yet…
this week rachel marie stone asked,
what if all the avengers posed like the female one?
you can read her whole article here.
she notes further, this brilliant artistic experiment demonstrates just how pervasive images portraying females as sexually available objects are, such that when we see men posing in ways that signify sexual objectification, it looks strange.
so what do you think? are the Avengers sexist? are nearly all comics? if not, why not? and what can we do as to resist the prevalent messages of sexualization that exist in our culture?
what do you think?