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Over the last six months there has been much discussion of female bodies and comics from Tony Harris’ embarrassingly puerile and juvenile internet rant about female cosplayers to the Hawkeye Intiative joining Escher Girls in shredding comic art of female characters apart to most recently the focus on alternative superhero costumes for women. Artist Paige Hall also addresses the issue but in a much more personal way. For the final of her “Literature in Comics” class where she wrote about hypersexualization she drew a webcomic. she writes:
i decided to broaden it out here as well as personalize it and make myself the subject and discuss something i’ve been subjected to in the convention circuit and on the internet as well as thousands of other women, as well as give a cue to thought about how the comic book industry as well as the video game industry and even just media in general (all of which are male dominated) push such ridiculous pressures onto girls and women.
It’s a powerful piece; take a look.
It’s already gotten over 100K notes Tumblr and has shown up in other places on the net. While much of the response has been positive as you can imagine because this is comics and the internet there’s also been comments that make you want to punch a wall. I’m not going to give them more exposure than they deserve by quoting them.
As the mother of young teenage girl the issue of body image is more important to me now than ever. It’s not just a comics issue it’s a mass media issue. And while boys struggle with body issues as well, I do believe the pressure on women is much worse with the standards for women higher and narrower for what is an “acceptable” body type
What do you think of this piece?