A Feminist Visits Comic-Con

This weekend, I attended my first ever Comic-Con–the annual comic-book industry bonanza–with my 12-year-old daughter. As always, I wore my feminist lenses, and noticed many things, both good and bad, to report.

As my daughter and I wended our way through the crowded exhibit hall, I was glad to find many women artists and editors and to see a number of seemingly girl-positive comics such as “Girl Genius.” Not so pleasing were the many comic-porn tables with highly objectifying images of women.

It was quite off-putting to see the many young children in attendance staring wide-eyed at animated porn. Also troubling to witness were the many women “cosplayers” (those costumed as characters) with massive fake boobs and massively thin bodies posing for photos with leering men. I watched in dismay as one man who appeared to be in his seventies shuffled after a human Jessica Rabbit, practically drooling as he tried to get close enough for a good picture.

Arguments surrounding sexualized cosplay are complex, and I don’t intend to condemn such roleplay. But, as noted by writer Andrea Dulanto in her piece “Feminist in Wonderland: The Women of Comic-Con,” it’s troubling that with boundless opportunities for playful dress, most women at conventions end up as “variations of pin-up girl.” While Dulanto accedes that “Comic-Cons espouse a celebratory, Halloween-ish, drag queen, theatre-esque, be-whoever-you-want-to-be energy,” her post explores the complexity of being “whoever you want to be”:

What matters is not whether we wear the seven-inch heels. What matters is whether we have asked ourselves—why do we wear them? If we have not addressed that question, then this is objectification, and it holds all of us back.

One reason the sexualized objectification of women in cosplay cannot be easily written off with be-whoever-you-want-to-be or dress-however-you-want-to-dress mantras is that sexual harassment of women cosplayers at cons is rampant. While all people should be able to dress as they wish without fear of sexual harassment or violence, the longstanding tactic of using the women’s bodies as commodified objects at cons creates an atmosphere in which real-life women are treated as if they are comic book characters ripe for the handling. Disturbingly misogynistic blogs featuring galleries of women cosplayers further illustrate this way of thinking.

This attitude is no doubt amplified by the omnipresence of paid cosplayers. Scantily clad, often very young women (and even girls) acting as “bodies for hire” were everywhere amongst the throngs of people, passing out ads or serving as human advertisements for upcoming films. What almost naked women with fake torpedo breasts have to do with films such as the forthcoming Total Recall is unclear. Here and elsewhere, the marketing tactic seemed to be “use hot women to lure people in, regardless of what we are trying to sell.”

One thing that struck me over the course of the weekend is how quickly it starts to feel “normal” to see women’s bodies on fetishized display. If I, a card-carrying feminist, become somewhat immune over the course of four days, what does the constant onslaught of female sexual objectification in the wider culture do to people over years?

But on to the good news: Many TV panels (Doctor Who, Supernatural) included vocal women writers, producers and editors. As a vampire junkie and the author of a new book on the Twilight saga and fandom, I felt dutybound to attend all events vampire–and thankfully, at those, no sexism reared its ugly head. At The Vampire Diaries panel, I was glad to hear Candice Accola (playing Caroline Forbes) enthusing about playing a strong, determined woman and to find Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine) wearing a Smurf-nerd t-shirt. Similarly, at the Breaking Dawn panel, Elizabeth Reaser (Esme) said she’s pleased the upcoming film shows Esme as a fierce and powerful mother and Nikki Reed (Rosalie) said she’s glad the final films are allowing her to show that strong women can also be funny. Meanwhile, Rob Pattinson joked about a “what’s it like to work with such hot women” question, nodding to the fact his co-stars are indeed “hot” but also talented and smart. Kristen Stewart chimed in, mocking the focus on the cast’s looks.

Unfortunately, outside of the vampire world, many male panelists seemed unwilling to take seriously questions about sexism in the industry (as evidenced by this post). For example, when a young boy asked the Simpson’s panelist with apparent genuine curiosity whether, if Edna Krabappel married Ned, he would become Mr. Krabappel, the panelists scoffed at him. The boy’s implied critique of the practice of women taking on their husband’s surnames was later skewered again when a panelist, with obvious derision, quipped that if Lisa married Millhouse he would have to become Mr. Simpson. Oh yes, how absurd to think a male might LOWER himself to take a woman’s name! Hardee-har-har. I desperately wished Lisa Simpson could have been in the room to respond.

Similarly depressing is the news from D.C. comics, as reported on at Feministing.com, that:

D.C. Comics is giving its universe a facelift this coming September, but it’s not just the characters that are being cut off the roster. Before the reboot 12 percent of DC’s staff was females post reboot? It’s cut down to 1 percent.

Given the diversity of attendees and the reputation of a LGBTQ-positive atmosphere, I was also disappointed in the many homophobic quips between men on various panels, as well as by the numerous anti-fat comments I overheard while walking around the con, among them, “fat people shouldn’t cosplay” and “I can’t believe that fat woman is dressed like that.” Sadly, the male control of conversations was also dismaying, with many instances of male privilege hogging the mic at various panels.

Yet, despite the general male domination of Comic-Con, despite the woman-as-object meme apparent in the exhibit hall, and despite the off-putting commentary of some panelists with obviously unexamined white/male/heterosexual privilege, I nevertheless left Comic-Con with the feeling that fandoms are indeed becoming more diverse (though I was unhappy to see “No Women Allowed” T-shirts at several of the large clothing booths).

I was glad to see so many women authors and artists making comics, and to hear women screenwriters, directors and actors making comments about the importance of strong women characters. And I am still fondly nursing the image of the young girl dressed in a Weeping Angel costume who asked the Doctor Who panel when there will be a woman Doctor.

For her sake, and for all the feminists who enjoy the narratives and characters of the comics world, I hope we not only see a woman Doctor soon, but a Comic-Con where women are allowed to be as fully human or fully villain or fully superhero–or at least, in the case of women cosplayers employed by studios, as fully clothed–as their male counterparts.

Photo of Entertainment Weekly’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panelists Jena Malone, Anna Torv, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ellen Wong and Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Flickr user Ronald Woan under Creative Commons 2.0

Comments

  1. The world has a looong way to go to equality. Depressing!

    • rabidchevy says:

      want equality in comics….BUY SOME! men make up 90% of comic book sales I have an even better idea, start your own comic. I dont see men say one damn thing about romance novels, or firemen calenders or anything else because at the end of the day it is a silly comic book or a romance novel.

      • Yes, this is the thing. Most of these “feminist” aren’t even part of the culture and the women who are have chosen to be part of it. Feminist come into something that women had distain for (until it became popular) and now that it’s hot and women are getting into it do these women come in to dictate how something they didn’t build needs to be controlled. Just like the title says “A Feminist Visits Comic-Con”. A comic geek goes to comicon, they don’t “visit” it. This implies she’s there for a reason beyond enjoying the culture.

    • What kind of equality are you looking for ?

      Women are not generally marketed to for the comic-con unless they are geeks and are part of the community, if you are not part of the community then dont expect to be treated with equality – dont throw stones from the outside but instead actually get involved and participate!

  2. Kaonashi says:

    You lost me when listing Twlight among the positive things.

    • That’s exactly what I thought. I don’t understand how someone who identifies as feminist or understands feminism enough to write for Ms. could possibly condone Twilight…

  3. I’m all for having another female Time Lord on Doctor Who, but I have no desire for the Doctor to be one.

    Some costumers hate the word cosplay. I’m one of them.

    I’ve been to Comic Con twice, am a woman over fifty and it’s one of my happy places. You find what you’re looking for.

  4. Cosplay, objectification, ho-hum…wait, did you say “booths with ‘No Women Allowed’” signs?! Can I get a WTF?

    It’s almost comical, as nerd culture is one that’s known as having difficulty convincing women to get on board. I suppose a backlash is to be expected then.

    • I can’t speak for all of them, but if I understood the article correctly it was that there were t-shirts for sale that said “no girls” allowed, not signs prohibiting female customers.

      Furthermore, while I don’t doubt some of those shirts were genuinely misogynistic, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if most such shirts were joke references to other media: Al Bundy’s “No Ma’am” group from Married With Children, the Little Rascals “He-man Woman Haters Club”, etc.

  5. Any amount of objectifying of women in comics is done ten-fold to men, but nobody seems to complain about it. Certainly this article didn’t.

    Even an argument based on artist-depiction is fundamentally flawed; how is an ass-out or cleavage shot of a woman any worse than an impossibly broad-chested, perfect assed, or bulge shot of a man? And anyone who says those either don’t exist or exist less than the female version has not spent any time reading comics.

    Todd McFarlane, arguably the most profitable name in comics, made his entire career off of drawing idealized version of men that most mortals can never achieve. As did Jim Lee and Alex Ross.

    And hell, if we want to add comic movies to the mix, every single one works in a cheesecake shot of the incredibly ripped, intentionally sexualized hero flexing without his shirt on. Spider-Man, Thor, Capt. America, X-Men, Batman Begins, Wolverine–all used gratuitous body shots of male heroes. Most did little or nothing of the same with women.

    Which is, of course, to say nothing of the considerable member of Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan or the fact that almost the only thing discussed about 300 is how crazy-sexy-ripped all the guys were.

    And as far as porn in comics, we must realize that it also works both ways. Though there may perhaps be more nude women than nude men, there is certainly no shortage of m/m activity and all of the men are drawn exceedingly ripped and unrealistically proportioned.

    Ultimately, we have to come to terms with the fact that not all sexually appealing content constitutes objectification. And if we do want to apply the term to any sexualized image, it should be used with equality–which means it applies to almost everything our society produces.

    • lilacsigil says:

      Greg – how disingenuous of you. If you’re actually a comics fan, you know that this discussion has been going on for decades and you’re presenting an argument that has been thoroughly discredited.

      In short: most of the male characters are shown with idealised physiques – idealised for power and strength. Most of the female characters are idealised for display of breasts and buttocks. These portrayals are not in any way equivalent (except maybe in those 90s swimsuit specials!)

      • I should point out at this point that women are not men. Therefore if we are discussing how our bodies can give us power, female power is not male power.

        Physically powerful men gain power from physical strength. Physically powerful women gain power from…..come on complete the sentence……from displaying their sexual attributes (the afore mentioned breasts and buttocks).

        How else do strippers, models and porn stars earn the big bucks from such laughably disposable occupations?

        • Hey, that is a good angle I haven’t seen explored often… The punchy ‘females in tight spandex’ superheroes aren’t technically the ‘idealized’ form since they are attempting to directly compete with men, it’d be the ‘femme fatales’ who fill that category instead, like Mystique, Emma, and Widow.

      • Let me quote from your absurd comments:

        “In short: most of the male characters are shown with idealized physiques – idealized for power and strength. Most of the female characters are idealized for display of breasts and buttocks.”

        MOST FEMALE CHARACTERS are IDEALIZED for display of breasts and buttocks?
        First of all, the idea that showing breasts is indecent is very much ARBITRARY. Not all cultures see breasts and buttocks as sexual objects.

        In fact, some female rights activists are trying to DE-SEXUALIZE the breasts by promoting women’s topless freedom.
        Please visit the link below:
        http://www.007b.com/topfreedom.php

        I think those pro-topless female activists would feel BOTHERED by the double standards that you radical feminists are trying to promote:

        If a woman flaunts her curves, she’s demeaning women and portray them as sex objects, so feminists can complain about it.
        But if a man is shirtless and flaunting his abs, most males are not protesting against it. Feminist are also okay with it.

        Man complements woman’s boobs, butts = demeaning to women.

        Woman complements man’s abs, butts while she’s saying “how is it hanging?”(which implies his hanging testicles) = uplifts a man’s ego.

        What about TARZAN? That guy is half naked. What about Conan the Barbarian? He is not fully clothed. He is almost shirtless.

        Yes, boobs look idealized in comic books, and so does superman’s crotch area.
        Spider-man’s costume looks very skin tight that his crotch area is bulging.

        What about the fact that throughout the history of Superman films, Superman’s RED BRIEF has gone from “at the waistline”(1940′s series) to WAY BELOW THE WAISTLINE (Brandon Routh’s costume).

        Apparently, what I see in mainstream comic books (Marvel and DC) is very subtle compared to what the FEMALE TOPLESS FREEDOM activist are trying to put forth -the freedom of women to be just as topless as men in public.

        Women should at least be thankful that female superheroes had gone a long way. There used to be at least one female super hero in a TEAM of superheroes (e.g. Wonder Woman used to be the ONLY WOMAN in the Justice League). But now, we have X-men which has plenty of female superheroes (Psyloche, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Jubilee).

        Let’s put it this way:

        Ideal male figure = muscular. Do you think most women find skinny men physically attractive?

        Ideal female figure = curvacious. Do you think most men find chubby FAT women physically attractive?

    • Idealized does not equal sexualized. Perhaps this post will help clear that up for you: http://rosalarian.tumblr.com/post/2325861377/dressed-to-kill

    • Sweatypalm says:

      I am so glad that someone pointed this out so i didn’t have to write the essay. Good job.

  6. I became a Wonder Woman fan in in the 1940s (yes, I’m 71 years old now), and I even dressed as Xena one Hallween when I still could comfortably pull off the look. I also “fought” in the firt feminist wave in the 1960s, when Ms magazine was my bible and Gloria Steinem my role model. I followed the 2011 SDCC because my fandom son (The One True b!X) attended as a photographer, and I am still very interested (and disturbed) by the comic images of today’s heroines. Sorry, Greg, but while artists add muscle to batman and slenderize his butt, they do not add monumental inches to his penis the way they add momumental inches to a female hero’s breasts (and erase inches from her what would be her natural waist.) I feel like I’m still living in the 60s and 70s, when I remember talking to my comic-addicted son about how ridiculously the females were portrayed. And now young females think it’s cool to dress up as Slave Leia, ignoring the demeaning context of the total message of that attire. I know it’s the the 1940s any more, but that Wonder Woman beats the hell out of all the newbies. We sexy geeky real feminists have to keep fighting the good fight. C’mon, guys. Wake up!

  7. famouseccentric says:

    I’m so glad someone else is paying attention to this. I haven’t been involved in the world of comics or comic fandom for a long time, but I have been yearning for a fat female protagonist with a well-sketched character to show up. Maybe she’s there, and I just have yet to find her. Maybe I’ll have to learn to draw and create her myself!

  8. I’m a college student who both a feminist and a comic geek, with more than her fair share of both comic and anime conventions under her belt. I’ve never cosplayed, but I’ve gone with friends who do, and while I find it sick that the cons pay women and girls to dress scantily for advertising, I don’t see anything wrong with the guests and patrons who do. For the most part, they either want to be looked at as tits and ass, or they want to dress like a favorite character who happens to have a slutty costume, but what it boils down to is that they choose to barely get dressed and go out in public and how they make that decision is moot because by making that choice they’re going to be ogled regardless of whether they “want” to be or not. I’m still be a feminist if I decide to wear a short skirt or a low-cut top, because I choose to wear them, and I wasn’t forced by society to dress coquettishly like I would’ve been a hundred years ago with a corset and a bustle and a vacantly pretty stare.

    As far as Greg’s argument is concerned, it’s still a valid argument for artistic portrayals of female characters, because women artists do it, too. The lauded series Chobits by the all-female Japanese comic team CLAMP is a prime example of this, because the main female character is often shown mostly nude or barely covered up decently, and she’s an idealized female figure: soft, pretty, young, and sexually attractive in a demure damsel-in-distress way. Greg wasn’t being a misogynistic troll for stating that artists draw their ideal, and women artists and writers aren’t victims of sexism for doing the same by creating statuesque catsuit-waring women and hulky, hairy men.

  9. When I was 14, I went to a comic book convention dressed as Toboe from Wolf’s Rain:

    http://i407.photobucket.com/albums/pp152/Luz_Luna
    a couple of girls, most likely “yaoi” fans (for those that don’t know, “yaoi” is pretty much the Japanese term for “fictionalized man sex”), and was propositioned by some girls to come with them to their hotel rooms.

    The worst was when I was minding my own business eating a sandwich, when all of a sudden some scary looking girl who had sneaked up behind and started stroking my hair. I was terrified.

    For those of you that say that cosplay, comics, or whatever is a man’s world, or that only women are objectified, you are wrong. There are hundreds of communities online made by and for female fans devoted entirely to fanart and fanfiction in which men are objectified just as much as women are. The show “Young Justice” has this in spades. You can’t trip without falling face first into a big pile of images involving Robin and Superboy having sex. And Japan? Oh gosh. They have seperate shelves in comic stores devoted to nothing but men having sex with some story sprinkled in.

    Oh, and FYI, the cosplay outfits that get the most recognition and talkback at cons tend to be ones that are legitimately interesting and creative, regardless of gender or how much skin is shown, not the dozen or so skimpy women in Slave Leia outfits.

  10. Ok having gone through your post I can safely say you are not a feminist. What you are is sexist towards men. Here are my thoughts on some of the things you brought up.

    Sexy cosplayers

    What you have described is not objectifying women. It’s openly lusting over them yes but not objectifying them. There are bound to be women openly lusting over the male cosplayers too.

    Twilight

    You claim no sexism reared it’s ugly head yet you are at a panel for one of the most sexist franchises made in the last few years. Bella is not a strong female role model, she lives her entire life around her obsession over McSparklepants. Not to mention the objectification of men (as any Twilight fan wearing a “Team Jacob” shirt why they’re wearing that shirt, almost every time they’ll say it’s because they find the actor hot) and the fact McSparklepants is an abusive stalker.

    No Women Allowed shirts

    You do realise those shirts are making fun of sexism right?

    Female Doctor Who

    I can only imagine you’ve either never seen Doctor Who or are very new to it. There will never be a female Doctor because he is a male character. There have been female Timelords and we’ve seen them regenerate into other women. Timelords change their bodies but they don’t suddenly change gender just like they don’t suddenly change species. If you want a female Doctor so much go watch The Curse of a Fatal Death.

  11. From what I understand, DC’s 12% going down to 1% was simply because they stopped counting the editors.

    However, I do agree it would be great to see more female writers and artists, but from what I’ve seen, women in the comic industry don’t usually go for the mainstream superhero comics. I could be wrong though, I have no clue how DC chooses their creative teams. On the other hand, i’d hate to see them be forced to choose a mediocre writer over a good one just to seem more diverse.

    Though…then again, they gave Rob Liefeld a job, so finding someone better that wasn’t a straight white male wouldn’t be very hard at all.

    I see this more of a challenge than a problem. DC can’t find women out there worthy of their books?

    Prove ‘em wrong.

  12. This is yet another article of feminism crying foul over something so trivial and stupid. I was referenced to this page from youtube and was surprised to find what was said regarding this article was true. What made this worse is the comments. Feminists all over are crying foul as well. Though it makes me happy to see some other like minded people (men) like me here on the boards saying this article is out of place and just plain wrong.

    So someone is paid to get in costume and advertise a comic or upcoming movie? Well I guess those paychecks they cash at the end of the day aren’t sexist huh? Last I checked, these aren’t prostitutes. And here’s a news flash, there are MEN who have a good physical stature (screen accurate bodies) that get paid to wear costumes too. But of course, this feminist doesn’t mention that at all because a man getting paid to dress up isn’t sexist at all right? I can personally vouch for this since I attended the con.

    And as a con attendee to various conventions all over the country I can say that there is very little to no sexual harassment towards female cosplayers. So a woman dresses of her own accord in a revealing outfit and men are to blame for it? That’s another double standard. No one made her dress that way. Comic fans, anime fans, and cosplayers alike take time with their costumes months in advance before hand. If you want to put any blame on a woman for making her costume that way, then blame HER. Not the people who like her said costume.

    So why does this feminist feel the need to legislate what goes on at comic-con? I’ll tell you why. Because feminists feel the need to invoke their agenda on anything that mainly men or boys enjoy. From sports and their cheerleaders to video games and their characters to comics and their artwork and costumes.

    Now with comic-con allow me to give an example. When comic-con was first being made into existence, most women and all feminists alike called these men geeks, dweebs, and nerds. Now that comic-con has grown into a huge venue that almost anyone can enjoy, they feel the need to impose on it because it’s grown to such a size.

    Instead of trying to impose on it, how about trying to bring something to the table and enjoy yourself? Why not do this? It’s obvious this woman only attended to write on ‘supposed’ sexism of conventions like this.

    The work of men built comic-con. Anyone is allowed to attend and enjoy it. Men, women, and children alike can enjoy it. Why this woman couldn’t is beyond me.

  13. So when women are drooling over Hugh Jackman as Wolverine its not considered a problem, and yet when men do the same over a Jessica Rabbit look-a-like then they are “sexually objectifying” them. Sounds a bit misandric to me to be honest. Same goes for cosplayers because that goes BOTH ways.

  14. TheOrangeOne says:

    If everyone that enjoyed comics had a great time, I don’t get what the problem is here. And if what you like is not present, maybe you should make it yourself. Many of people’s dreams in making the story and universe they want never see it because they’re either unwilling to make it (which takes a ton of effort and dedication), or they simply expect that other people will do it for them, like having a female Doctor. No one’s stopping you from creating your own universe where that is possible. In fact, that’s what fan fiction is for, which cuts the crap of needing to make your own universe.

  15. I was particularly distressed by a rape joke made by Jason Momoa while on the panel for the Game of Thrones television series. Worse yet, the joke was followed by genuine laughter.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8NDtdquxKs

    The more I viewed the clip, the more it bothered me. So much so that I addressed the issue on IMDB on the Game of Thrones page. I called the joke insensitive and indicative of the fact that we live in a rape culture. I was hardly prepared for the vitriol I received. It scared me, because it more than proved the very point I was making. We really do live in a rape culture. There was some juvenile name calling as well and I actually laughed at some of the slurs. With a name like Miko, most of the offended readers thought I was female. I am not. Sadly, only 1 person out of 30 understood my point of view. To everyone else, I was rudely dismissed as a raving feminist with no sense of humor.

    I’m well acquainted with the horror of rape and I feel it’s my duty to speak out when that horror is diminished, dismissed or laughed at. Rape is no laughing matter.

    http://www.mikomontgomery.com/2011/08/rape-culture/

  16. The thing says:

    If none of you like the way comic-con is portraying women to others, then start your own comic-con where women are respected.

  17. If characters are “sexually objectified” because of what they wear, then what about King Lionidus from “The 300″ graphic novel. He and his men have EXPOSED PENISES. That’s what I call BEING NAKED! But the movie makers decided to cover their crotches in “The 300″ movie.

    They also did the same thing to the female dancer from “Sin City” graphic novel. She was originally topless in the book, but movie makers later decided to COVER her boobs.

    I see the difference now. Some women are complaining about boobs but NO men are complaining about EXPOSED PENISES.

    Feminists should realize that peoples perception of boobs are not universal. Not every culture thinks that boobs are sexual objects.

    But human bodies ARE idealized (both male and female) in most comic books. It’s aesthetics.

    Most women are not attracted to extremely fat and extremely skinny males. That’s why there are attractive shirtless hunks in the Twilight series. Conan and Tarzan too.

    Most men are not attracted to extremely fat, extremely skinny and extremely muscular women. Curvacious is what they prefer.

  18. You radical feminists are DELUSIONAL. Men are objectified too. Watch the video below (hosted by a WOMAN):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-N9daqANcw&feature=related

    You are probably living in a different planet. Please Google “Porn for Women”.

  19. AlexReynard says:

    Lemme try to explain why you’re frustrating yourself pointlessly. I’m (mostly) a Democrat. If I went to the Republican National Convention and was shocked and offended to see everyone expressing Republican ideas, instead of saying what I believe, then that would make me a thin-skinned whiner with an entitlement problem.

    Comic books (and video games too) have been shamed by our culture as immature/nerdy/for basement-dwellers/not really an art/yada yada yada. Someone who unashamedly loves them has to have at least a small degree of ‘not giving a fuck what society in general thinks’. Mainstream culture has shown them the door, so they have made their own space. Is some of their behavior boorish and immature? You could see it that way. Or you could see it as a subculture being themselves in a way they’re comfortable with, and they don’t care if YOU’RE not comfortable with it. That’s why it’s a convention. Can you not understand that they created a place where they could be AWAY from people like you who judge them as a whole by the worst examples in their group?

    This article is the equivalent of you walking unannounced into some guy’s house and critiquing his behavior while him and his friends hang out. I don’t care if what they say or do is offensive, you’re still rude for going where you’re unwanted and expecting others to change their behavior to suit your sensibilities.

  20. Okay...Let's Draw says:

    Ladies you are welcome to the Comic Con:
    Start your own comic company.
    Create your own comics.
    If they are good, you will find the readership.
    You can then buy your own stall at the Comic Con.
    And collect the kudos and kroners for your honest hard work.
    It’s called CREATIVITY. It’s about being ENTREPRENEURIAL.
    IT’S DEFINITELY NOT A FORUM FOR ENTITLEMENT.
    Before you call me a douchebag …
    Consider that Marjane Satrapi and Zeina Abirached,
    tell great stories.
    GET REAL. THAT’S ALL.

  21. Comics are generally a men’s “thing”, so why would you even be surprised that there were mainly men speaking? This is the feminist-entitlement problem.

    If a man is better than a woman for a job, he should get it. If 50 men turn out to be the best at a certain job, they should get all 50 places. In the same way, if 50 women were the best for the job, all 50 places should be for women.

    That’s not sexist, that’s just picking the right person for the job.

  22. Burleigh Owens says:

    so you’re basically complaining about female cosplayers wearing sexy outfits and doing their thing, which they btw choose to do and get well paid for, and that husbands taking their wives name isn’t as common as vice versa.

    way to go girl, you’re onto something, this whole women-are-opressed-by-the-patriarchy thing appears to be a serious issue.

  23. Graham Crakkerz says:

    Well fuck, how about 50 Shades of Grey? Is that not an “Idealized” & insanely sexualized male? I mean not only is the tall, young, handsome, incredibly smart, athletic and hung like a fucking horse, he is one of the richest men in the world! Well humm, it seems that both genders have their issues with image, insecurity and sexuality. Too bad feminism only cares about one side of the story

  24. I’ll be honest. it bothers me when i see these articles because when comi con started doing this at its beginnings when it wasnt such a big $$$ deal no feminists were complaining. But now that Cash is going into it bigtime, NOW they have their problems with it and the people making the money are no longer ‘geeks’ or ‘losers’. It seems that whenever men have something, feminists don’t care for it until cash flow comes out of its ass.

  25. BobRobertRobBobby says:

    You realize that most of the people who go to comic-con ( male and female ) dress exactly how they wanted to dress, right? No one forced anyone to go anywhere dressed scantily. The fact that you don’t like people dressed up really only goes to suggest that you yourself would prefer women being covered up, maybe they should borrow their clothes from muslim women, they might be decently dressed enough for you then.

    I don’t agree with the way media and big business will exploit young women to draw in stupid misogonist men. I’ve always hated that, but picking a fight with comic-con over women who dressed up as exactly what they wanted to be in the first place seems a little ridiculous, don’t ya think? 0.o

  26. Bodies for hire? You mean models? You’re delusional.

  27. “Kristen Stewart chimed in, mocking the focus on the cast’s looks.” Well maybe if they had bothered to have PERSONALITIES in the movies, we would have something better to focus on.

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