The Hawkeye Initiative redraws absurd superheroine poses with Hawkeye

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We've seen a lot of clever responses to the spine-twisting, butt-baring poses so many female comic book characters are subjected to, but the Hawkeye Initiative is particularly fun. Their mission: to take those particularly awful poses and replace the female characters with Hawkeye.

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Why Hawkeye? It seems it all began when artist Blue decided to switch the poses and positions of Hawkeye and the Black Widow on one of their comic book covers:

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Then Blue and Noelle Stevenson (also known as Gingerhaze and creator of the fabulous webcomic Nimona threw a challenge out to Tumblr: fix those "Strong Female Character" poses by replacing them with Hawkeye doing the same thing. And the Hawkeye Initiative Tumblr was born. Granted, the poses aren't always exact copies; the contributors are having a bit of silly fun and tend to give Hawkeye but sparkles or make him mug for the camera. But it's always interesting to see artists recontextualize a female pose with a male character.

I posted a few of the entries below. You can see more at the Hawkeye Initiative.

The Hawkeye Initiative [via Metafilter]

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I've never understood this argument. Do woman want to see the men on their comic-book covers posing feminine and sexy? No! The majority (MAJORITY) of women like their men being tough, strong and possibly using a weapon of some sort showing his fearless masculinity. And the majority (MAJORITY!!) of men would like to see a sexy heroin posing in a strong, titillating and sexy position. Why should these comic books cater to the minority of people out there that want to see some feminine guy struggling to hold a weapon? Or some butch dyke female that is wielding a sword?

ALSO, the fact that the MAJORITY of comic-book artists are white, straight (generally horny (I know a bunch of them...)) men that like drawing sexy woman. Why should they cater to a certain group? Should there be more black strong butch woman in comics? Yes. But maybe there just needs to be more black strong butch woman comic book artists that like drawing that kind of thing...

It's like if a person were to pick up a bi-gender gay male comic book and then complain that the males all looked too feminine . Who would to that? You'd accept who the comic is for/made by and move along to something that you find more appealing or learn to like a different type of style. And that shit is out there! You don't see it too often though yes, I agree... because IT DOESNT sell as well, it is catering to a smaller demographic. Go out and buy that shit-up if that's what you want to see more of and go draw some for yourself as well! The MAJORITY of men in say Anime (i'm not that proficient) are generally more feminine due to that appealing to the majority of society in Japan.

The constant bitching about what comic-book artists do isn't going to fix it and if it does, then I don't want to live in a society that dictates art based on complaints/sensitivities. Go out and support what you like instead of complaining about what you don't...