I think the point on that one was how covered the men were compared to the ladies. Apart from Wolverine with his bare arms for the guys they pretty much comply with Saudi Arabian standards.
Saudi standard usually don't allow for skin-tight clothing.I seem to remember a travelogue show in Saudi Arabia where a woman had to wear a loose garment over a diving suit when swimming in the sea.
From the article:
An idealized athletic form that few of us can achieve but many of us would admire or like to have, is imminently reasonable for a superhero form, but that’s not what we get, instead we get idealized (and wholly unrealistic) supermodel and porn star types.
The thing is, most male and female comic characters are idealized for BEAUTY, not for form. Male and Female. It just so happens that the standards for male beauty are similar to the standards for ideal physical function, while the standards for female beauty tend more towards fertility than physical capability. Is that fair? Debatable, but in any case it's not a comics-specific issue. When women with pro-athlete physiques get more movie roles than Scarlet Johnson and January Jones we can start talking about comics standards of beauty being out of whack. Now, for those characters that do deserve to have bodies built for athleticism, the "self made" heroes like Batwoman, Black Canary, Batgirl, etc., they can have physiques that favor function over beauty, and they often do.
Beauty, being perhaps even more subjective than body type idealization is tougher to talk about, but one of the most obvious examples of this disparity between male and female superheroes is in The Hulk. Bruce Banner as The Hulk? Frequently drawn as a pretty terrifying monster and certainly not considered stereotypically handsome. Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk? Stone. Cold. Fox.
Yes, but there's good reason for this. The "hulk" is an expression of the subconscious. Bruce's is a monster, a hulking beast, while Jennifer's is more an idealization of how she wished she looked, which is why she spent so much time in that form even when she could change at will. There are uglier female heroes and villains, but they aren't popular. I noticed that the writer' list was based on the character's popularity, well really, in a genre read mostly by men,m which do you think would be more popular
, the attractive femme fatales, or the orgresses? If we leave popularity out of it, it's fairly easy to find eleven counterparts to the male villains she listed, including Mongal, Rampage, Granny Goodness, Stompa, Reign, Kryb, Scar, Karu-Sil, Jane Doe, Sin, and the Dire Wraith Queen. There are at least a few "ugly" female heroes as well.
To a degree, there are short skirts but I don't see the men in work covered head to toe and the ladies in swimsuits.
Yes, but you don't see those men in spandex either.When the men wear loose business suits, the women wear short skirts. when the men wear body-hugging spandex and underwear on the outside, the women wear body-hugging spandex and underwear on the outside with a bit more skin showing.
I see nothing remotely approaching a swim suit in the office and we're pretty casual.
So the men do
wear full-body spandex in your office, and yet the women don't wear swimsuits? Odd. Also, you have a strange office.