Hello Fenrir here with some quick Food for Thought on tumblr’s latest meme. For all you tumblr users out there, your dashboard was probably flooded this morning with the latest works from The Hawkeye Initiative and its beautifully clever jabs at female representation within comics. As Noelle Stevenson AKA Gingerhaze–one of the founding artists integral to this meme–stated yesterday:
How to fix every Strong Female Character pose in superhero comics: replace the character with Hawkeye doing the same thing.
And really, when one looks at these pictures with Hawkeye lovingly drawn in “Strong Female Character poses”–those gratuitous, anatomy-defying, back-breaking shots meant to titillate but are hilariously awful–it’s no surprise as to why this meme sparked off the ground so quickly and why I think its poignant message about female sexuality in comics is here to stay.
This meme originated with this fanart by tumblr artist Hoursago to disprove the idea that men and women are objectified “equally” in comics; a point that is driven home when one looks at the following images collected within the Initiative and its message about female objectification within comics
The original cover that Hoursago’s parody was based on — yep, I don’t think that’s a great way to jump down, Black Widow
So what exactly is the Hawkeye Initiative and why should we even bother with it besides regarding it as a meme that is a big tumblr-in-joke? Continue reading »