The Hawkeye Initiative

Everyone who has ever read comics should go check out The Hawkeye Initiative.

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The picture above is artist Blue‘s commentary on Marvel Comics’ choices in cover art.  Keep in mind, this is a cover for an All-Ages (marketed to children) comic.  I don’t know about you but, when I was seven, I would have been more interested in Black Widow’s kicks and punches than her sexy acrobatics.  Great job attracting more girl readers, guys!

And so, the Hawkeye Initiative was born.  The challenge is simple: redraw “empowered poses” from comic books with Hawkeye in the role of the female character.  I love the comments from some of the artists that they feel “pervy” adding the butt cheek highlights and other details.  We’re so used to these images that it takes a paradigm shift to see how sexualized they really are.It’s been eye-opening for a lot of the internet.  Here are a few of the reblogged comments:

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Led Astray by the Smut Peddler

June is my book amnesty month.  For 30 days, I will try anyone’s recommendations, no matter how ridiculous they sound.  It would be easy to back out, but every year I find one or two things that make the whole exercise worthwhile.

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Last June, at the urging of a librarian friend (the titular Smut Peddler), I picked up a few titles for a trip.  They were adventure novels with a touch of the supernatural and a LOT of sex.   They were full of smart, feisty women who couldn’t be controlled by the patriarchal hierarchy that raised them. To my great surprise, I loved them.

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Finding Feminist Narratives

When I think of modern feminist narratives, one of the first things that comes to mind is:

The Vampire Diaries

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You’re probably thinking, “What is she talking about?  Look at those sexualized women on the poster.  How can this show possible promote healthy self esteem?”

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