Marvel Cancels Artist's Upcoming Covers After Spider-Woman Butt Fiasco

The comic book industry is not particularly well-known for portraying women in a non- insanely-sexualized manner (you can't fight crime without a boob window, as we have all observed over the years). Even given that, a recent Spider-Woman cover somehow managed to slink under the world's already-low expectations with… »9/23/14 5:45pm9/23/14 5:45pm


10 Times When Comics And Movies Sexualized Male Superheroes

You've heard the argument that male superheroes are sexualized simply because they are often bare-chested. But a man taking off his shirt doesn't make him a sex object. It's actually rare to find examples of male superheroes who truly are sexualized the way women are in comics. Here are ten examples. »8/28/14 2:17pm8/28/14 2:17pm

Enrique Iglesias Has Already Released This Year’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Video

Enrique Iglesias, who appears to have not aged at all since Desperado, has released a new single about being a sex addict. Or about performing cunnilingus with a fair degree of competence. Or about butts. Or about the phenomenon of sitting down and having butts shaken against one's nose. Or about having pool parties… »2/02/14 5:00pm2/02/14 5:00pm

Depressing Study: Men Look More At Your Body Than Your Face

"I'm not a boob man or a butt man or a leg man, I'm a face man," say LIARS. According to new research, no matter what a woman's build, men spend more time looking at women's bodies than they do their faces, which means that we can stop with this "anti aging" bullshit and just let our mugs turn into the face of the… »10/29/13 1:00pm10/29/13 1:00pm

Christian Grey: Uncomfortable Object of Female Gaze

The erotic-fiction-with-a-clearly-abusive-relationship-dynamic universe was recently rocked when Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey, citing a busy schedule. It's fairly clear that he had an ulterior motive beyond time constraints — and, while it stands to reason that vitriolic and batshit 50 Shades »10/16/13 7:00pm10/16/13 7:00pm

Hackathon Judge Compares Outrage Over 'Titstare' to Iraq War

What a week it's been for male chauvinism in the tech industry. Between the ghastly "Titstare" presentation at the Disrupt SF Hackathon and the outrage over the noxious Twitter feed of Business Insider's (now former) CTO Pax Dickinson, the heated debate surrounding the industry's systemic sexism has reached "inside… »9/12/13 12:40pm9/12/13 12:40pm

'Blurred Lines' Director Meant the Video to Be 'Subtly Ridiculing'

A few months ago, one of my friends sent me the now-infamous *extremely NSFW* Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" video. It was late and I was probably starting my first round of night cheese, and I quickly dismissed it as soon as I saw the first pair of boobs appear beside a fully clothed man. He wrote back: "You need to… »6/26/13 6:00pm6/26/13 6:00pm

Gender Equality Groups in the UK Push to Rid Retailers of Nudie Mags

This morning, while many coastal and lake-adjacent Americans were still busy recovering from the summer season’s first hearty dose of sun poisoning, gender equality groups and lawyers in the fog-blanketed British Isles (pip, pip, guv’nah!) launched a vigorous campaign to force retailers to comply with the Equality Act… »5/27/13 11:30pm5/27/13 11:30pm

New Gender Normative Target Ads Feature Ejaculating Cake Mix and Oatmeal

Target's new series of domestic labor ads all go something like this: a glowering model runwalks on screen wearing high-waisted (white) shorts, a white t-shirt, and white high heels, because it is obviously the future and everyone has adopted the standard THX 1138 monochromatic wardrobe in order to dress more… »1/19/13 2:00pm1/19/13 2:00pm

For Your Viewing Pleasure/Discomfort: Here's Darren Criss as Shirtless Santa Claus

Okay, I am going to shoot straight with you right now because I trust you and know that you of all people won't betray that trust. Here goes: I am one of the 7 adults in the United States who still tunes into Glee every week and I'm not even going to pull that "it's a guilty pleasure" excuse. No, I watch it because,… »12/18/12 5:40pm12/18/12 5:40pm

Every Day, Ordinary Women are Reduced to Sexual Body Parts by Men… and By Women.

Around here, we often point out the media images participating in the objectification of women on a daily basis. This is not new. But new research — to be published online next week in the European Journal of Social Psychology — shows that women are more likely to be picked apart by the brain and seen as parts rather… »7/26/12 4:20pm7/26/12 4:20pm

'Magic Mike,' Junk in the Face and the Female Gaze

Magic Mike made a healthy $39.16 million this past weekend, a very tidy sum for a Soderbergh film with a production budget of only $7 million. Standing in line to enter a sold-out showing on Friday night, two things were overwhelmingly obvious: First, the audience was 99% female, and second, they were positively giddy »7/02/12 3:30pm7/02/12 3:30pm