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Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 16:41 on 24-01-2012, Fin
Nice. I'd be interested to see someone do a simple swap-out; exchange male and female characters throughout a comic or similar, but keep the original poses.


i picked up a copy of soulcalibur iv a few weeks ago and wound up using the custom character builder to genderswap all of the fighting styles. the results were mostly pretty cool. if i ever get my hands on some kind of recording equipment i'll have to upload them to youtube.

So then I found this . (Click through for the rest.) A bunch of art of superhero wearing very little, standing in sexualized poses.


oh, those are absolutely awesome! i think my favourites are green lantern and iron man.
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at 10:45 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
Someone who is more hip than I am can hopefully shed light on this one: is this shit real or did NME get taken in by a "Cake"-style hoax?
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at 03:05 on 24-01-2012, Arthur B
Star Wars re-filmed in individual 15-second segments by different people entirely.

Re: 49:56-50:11:
ahahahahahaha, holy shit, I was just saying to Dan the other day I thought it was kind of tragic LucasArts never made a Star Wars point-and-click adventure.
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at 01:14 on 23-01-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
On the subject of sexualization, these two videos may be the tenderest example of passion between two-to-four men ever rendered with Garry's Mod.

Available in two versions: sexy and non-sexy but better animated. You should probably turn your volume down before you play these, however. There is a lot of screaming.

Personally, I think it's the Prokofiev that sells the whole thing.

No, I don't know what possessed me to post this.
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at 00:25 on 23-01-2012, Melissa G.
It's funny that basically the only people who claim that men are equally sexualized are those who don't want to see them sexualized, never looked for it, and would probably be uncomfortable with too much of it.


Exactly! What they think of as sexualized is not actually what those of us who are attracted to men think of as sexualized. Here's a relevant Shortpacked Comic that you may or may not have already seen that illustrates it really well.
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at 18:59 on 22-01-2012, Sister Magpie

Have you seen this comics alliance article yet? It's on a similar topic, and directly talks about your point here:


I hadn't read that but thank you! It's funny that basically the only people who claim that men are equally sexualized are those who don't want to see them sexualized, never looked for it, and would probably be uncomfortable with too much of it.
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at 16:25 on 22-01-2012, valse de la lune
I read a book after having been led into thinking it's some kind of nod/homage to The Left Hand of Darkness.

What I got instead was a book about furry acceptance starring something that looks like James Cameron's Na'vi. I feel so filthy.
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at 01:33 on 22-01-2012, Melissa G.
Sorry, that link goes to tumbler. Here's a direct link.
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at 01:32 on 22-01-2012, Melissa G.
@Sister M

Have you seen this comics alliance article yet? It's on a similar topic, and directly talks about your point here:

In comics even when the guys are shown in stages of undress they're rarely looking like that
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at 03:35 on 19-01-2012, Sister Magpie
I love the "but men don't stand like that--that's not supposed to be sexy!" As if women stand like that regularly. It amazes me how rarely people seem to get that most of the poses are just about displaying the sexual characteristics. That's why, like in the pose the contortionist is describing iirc, the woman has to somehow present her breasts and her butt at the same time. That's why they're always so twisted.

I love those pictures in the link. In comics even when the guys are shown in stages of undress they're rarely looking like that, which is the actual equivalent to the female poses.
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at 22:52 on 18-01-2012, Melissa G.
Whenever I post those "guy poses like girl on cover look how ridiculous it is", I always someone trying to give me the "But guys never stand like that! That's why it doesn't look natural!" So then I found this . (Click through for the rest.) A bunch of art of superhero wearing very little, standing in sexualized poses. Now lets pretend they were almost drawn this way. That's how girls feel.
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at 15:30 on 18-01-2012, Robinson L
Welcome, Jules. Thanks for the links, especially the fantastic piece by the martial artist/contortionist.
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at 17:10 on 17-01-2012, Shimmin
Nice. I'd be interested to see someone do a simple swap-out; exchange male and female characters throughout a comic or similar, but keep the original poses.
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at 15:17 on 17-01-2012, Jules V.O.
I've seen a lot of those styles of things, most famously BleedingCool's pose comparisons, but also this critique from a contortionist. At the same time, I don't see a lot of the... inverse? obverse? Criticism by *good* example, I mean. Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor needs more company.
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at 02:54 on 17-01-2012, Michal
Jim C. Hines imitates poses from various fantasy covers featuring female characters. Mostly to show how ridiculous these poses are.

"My sense is that most of these covers are supposed to convey strong, sexy heroines, but these are not poses that suggest strength. You can’t fight from these stances. I could barely even walk."
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at 12:23 on 16-01-2012, Andy G
Michael Rosen has written a nice post about the apostrophe thing here.
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at 10:42 on 16-01-2012, Arthur B
I guess stirring up pointless babyweeping amongst grammar pedants is an easier way to evoke interest in the brand than, oh, I don't know, getting in a more diverse range of stock, or changing up your eBook service so the products sold there aren't choked with DRM and are provided in a Kindle-readable format, or bringing back the 3 for 2 offer.
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at 23:25 on 15-01-2012, Dan H
In other news, Waterstone's have dropped the apostrophe from their official banner. The Daily Mail tell us that this is destroying English.

I'm particularly confused by the line: And with them, meaning will be lost and our ability for articulation of the finer points of thought. For a self-proclaimed lover of words, you think the guy would be able to construct better sentences.
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at 19:18 on 15-01-2012, valse de la lune
The guy who started in on "mental health issues" and "sweetheart, dollface" was real charming. It's a shame he uses such a generic handle; I'd love to find out if he shows up anywhere else/has a blog, so as to vitriolically name-and-shame plus avoid it.
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at 17:31 on 15-01-2012, Fin
nothing better than drinking the river of tears caused by wounded fanboys. though i must say, that review was positively tame compared to some of the stuff i've been reading lately.

re: house, i'm prepared to put up with house being an arsehole, i'm just concerned that the bet plot will be used as a vehicle to validate his shitty opinions.
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at 17:15 on 15-01-2012, Wardog
I'm personally just amused at the idea that there are qualifications for reviewing fantasy novels...

I have a DPhil in Applied Trope Recognition.
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