Sunday, September 4, 2011
Similarly to my classmates who have already posted, for inspiration for my first post i searched "superheroines" on google. Unfortunately not to my surprise, pretty much every link appeared to have some link to sexuality. One of the first few links called "super heroine central" (http://www.superheroinecentral.com/) appeared to be the least sexualized and actually made reference to 'peril' and 'combat' in the little description under the link. Now I was actually surprised to be taken to a page where you must confirm that you are 18 in order to enter. Before even entering the page, you can see the categories for the site listed at the top: superheroine, peril, bondage, combat, sex, punishment, more." One of the statements listed for acknowledgement before entering the site was: "I do not object to, or find offensive, material of a sexually-explicit nature, including images and depictions of bondage, nudity, and other fetish activities. I am accessing this website for my own personal enjoyment, information, and/or education about this subject matter." I did not enter the site, however I felt like it was dirty just being on that intro page, like I was about to do something illegal (even though I am 18 and legally could have entered the site). Especially since in at least the issues of wonder woman that we have read, there is not an overly sexual undertone, I think it's a little gross that the media industry has taken such liberties with these characters. I suppose that in part, that was somewhat intended with their creation, but this website really illustrated how far certain people have taken these characters.