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ANSWERED on Thu 9 Aug 2007 - 8:45 pm UTC by pinkfreud

Question: Finding covers: Most sexist covers

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j_philipp 

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 9 Aug 2007 10:53 UTCThu 9 Aug 2007 - 10:53 am UTC 

Please find 10 covers from http://www.coverbrowser.com which fit into the category "most sexist/ gender stereotyping covers". The format should be this -- permalink + comment:
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1. http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/marvel-science-fiction#i16
The female is depicted cleaning ... while the man is ... etc.

2. http...

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The link is always the permalink, found below each cover as the link reading "#". The comment should be your own comment, funny or poignant, though you don't necessarily need to think of a comment for each cover if you don't have one.

Please vary so that it's not just one title (though you can use more than 1 cover per title if you want to). If you come across so many that you can't decide on just 10, you can also pick 20 covers if you want to.

Here's an example of a previous "top covers" gallery so you can see what this is for:
http://www.coverbrowser.com/top/weird

Thanks!

 

pinkfreud 

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 9 Aug 2007 20:45 UTCThu 9 Aug 2007 - 8:45 pm UTC 

Hello again, Philipp! Below are ten sterling examples of sexism and gender stereotyping in cover art, with my comments.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/marvel-science-fiction#i17
Two middle-aged men are fiddling around with a helpless young blonde woman clad only in a bikini top. They are apparently pickling her in a huge glass jar. Even worse: they are serial picklers. There are three other gals in jars in the background. This is almost as bad as Bonsai Kitty.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/heavy-metal/2#i50
Okay, I can buy the notion of a female robot. And I can accept the suggestion of breasts on a female robot. But this female robot has nipples. And that, gentlemen, is taking things a bit too far. What is she gonna nurse? R2-D2?

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/national-lampoon/4#i155
Two valley girls disagree about the government's nuclear evacuation plans. They are starting to pull at each other's clothing, and a full-out catfight is obviously a-brewing. Fer sure, dudes, this is the way women settle all disagreements. You should see the hair-pulling and face-scratching that happens  every time Nancy Pelosi runs into Hilary Clinton in the ladies' room of the Capitol.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/futurama#i4
Bare-legged space captain Zapp Brannigan has a thought-balloon fantasy in which Leela, wearing a leopardskin bikini and a manacle on her arm, bats her one eye seductively. In the meantime, the ship is in danger. I bet this kind of thing happens all the time on the Space Shuttle, and NASA covers it up...

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/birds-of-prey#i49
Yes, helpless women in jeopardy are a long tradition in comics. Nevertheless, there's something particularly troubling about cover art that shows a villain menacing a woman (Barbara Gordon, AKA Oracle, AKA Batgirl) who has fallen out of her wheelchair.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/archie#i19
In a restaurant full of curvaceous waitresses, Archie tells Jughead "The only reason I eat here is because they have such good food, Jug." I confess that, upon first reading this, I thought it said "such good food and jugs."

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/sad-sack/2#i61
Ah, the stereotypical wife. She's fat and funny-looking. And she wears a silly hat. Wait... the same could be said of her husband. Nah, they're not making fun of his silly hat. Once you're in the army, you cease to notice the silliness of military headgear.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/deadpool#i5
Wade Wilson (AKA "Deadpool") has a tiny male devil on one shoulder and a tiny female angel on the other. The devil says to the angel, "Why don't you ditch the gown, sister? This is the '90s, not the '50s!" The angel replies "But it's so flowing and comfortable!" Poor Deadpool. It must be depressing to overhear two supernatural beings who are battling for one's soul, and realize that they are discussing fashion trends.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/girls-romances/3#i107
We're at the lake having a swim. While approching a manly hunk, a blonde chick looks back over her shoulder and snoots at a passive, weeping brunette chick. The blonde says "I don't love him. All I wanted was the satisfaction of taking him away from you." Oh, heck, women are such manipulative weasels: they don't like men, and they don't like other women. Notice that the guy in the picture seems to be waving and looking beyond the two gals. Who can blame him? There's gotta be someone better on this beach.

http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/popeye#i30
Popeye goes sailing with Olive Oyl in a tiny sailboat. The mast breaks. Does Popeye, with his huge forearms, offer to serve as a mast-substitute and hold up the sail? Nope. He makes spindly little Olive do it. After all, the man has to steer the boat.

Thanks for the fun project!

Best,
Pink

 

j_philipp 

Customer

 9 Aug 2007 20:49 UTCThu 9 Aug 2007 - 8:49 pm UTC 

Great job, thanks a lot Pink!

 

pinkfreud 

Researcher

 9 Aug 2007 21:15 UTCThu 9 Aug 2007 - 9:15 pm UTC 

Thanks for the tip!

~Pink

 

myoarin 

User

 9 Aug 2007 22:36 UTCThu 9 Aug 2007 - 10:36 pm UTC 

Great choices, Pink, and better comments.

Geez, and we took it all for granted back then  - and had role models for the rest of life.  No wonder kids these days have problems: girls being told they can do any man's job, and boys' macho role model gone into California politics.

Oh, that female robot's nipples:  they were the connectors for recharging her batteries back before they invented induction charging.  I expect that she had one for her motors and the other for her electronic software.
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I was going explain about electricians' terms for connectors, but y'all know about that  - the power cable for your computer.  The downstream item always  has the protuberences.

 

Hailstorm 

Former Researcher

 10 Aug 2007 04:59 UTCFri 10 Aug 2007 - 4:59 am UTC 

The original artwork of Spinal Tap's groundbreaking "Smell The Glove" album was to feature "a greased, naked woman on all fours with a dog collar around her neck and a leash ... and a man's arm holding on to the leash extended out to her shoving a black glove in her face to sniff it."  Spinal Tap manager Ian Faith claimed to have censored the album himself, saying "You should have seen what they wanted to put - it wasn't a glove, I can tell you" before he changed it.  But alas, even this toned down version couldn't make it past the censors, and so the infamous "black album" was born:

http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~ferguson/spinal-tap/smell-the-glove.gif

 

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