League of Legends, Katarina Skin 1
League of Legends, Katarina Skin 2
I present you with Katarina from League of Legends! Caveat: Riot has really done a great job in recent years of acknowledging the shortcomings of their art and in diversifying it. They won’t be getting rid of sexualized characters …something that continues to be problematic. But I think they’ve been trying to be more inclusive. That said, equal opportunity sexualization isn’t a great solution.
Is there anything inherently wrong with sexualization?
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“Sailor Beware” by Elvgren
Green Lantern by Joe Phillips
Gotta love the Hawkeye Initiative. It takes something people are undecided about and makes it so clear to see.
The past few weeks it’s seemed difficult for us to tell when something is simply sexy, and I guess that actually makes sense. Sexy is subjective. It’s about attraction. I may find something attractive that you don’t. But isn’t there a commonly or popularly understood definition for sexy too? Sure. We can tell when a picture is trying to be sexy in our culture. It still might not attract us in that way though.
Sexualization on the other hand …well. It’s like looking at Greek columns and knowing an Ionic from a Corinthian.
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Early Lara Croft
Current Lara Croft
Even after all the hoopla, the new Lara turned out to be rather well done. It took some time for the marketing photos to come out, but when they did she looked like a real action hero. Seeing the old next to the new is a really big contrast. Now the only question is: sexy or sexualized? Or both?
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Bruce Wayne (Batman) by Tony Daniel
I realize it’s probably asking a lot of an audience to analyze pieces of art, but it’s served to us this way so …yeah. Sexy, sexualized, both or neither?
Batcat also wants to be sexy. Hmm ….maybe 8/10 imo.
In light of the recent hoopla about the latest Spider Woman poster, I thought this would be a pretty relevant question.
What does it mean to sexualize an image? Is there anything different about these 2 pictures?
Electra by Ed Benes
Deacon (Artifice) by Winona Nelson
Remember: the question isn’t whether you personally find these character sexy or not. The question is: what is sexualization and what does it look like?
The more I go over these photos (I’ve started somewhat of a collection), the more easily I can see what sexualization looks like. It seems tangled up in our quest to want to be be attractive for one another and it questions what it means when we self-determine what shape our sexuality takes …and when that sexuality is being assumed and imposed.