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Episode 75 – Gender Flipping

This week we talk about an awesome internet meme that’s really taken off in the last few months: gender flipping. We’re sure you’ve seen the pictures of our favorite male superheroes posed like female superheroes. Listen for our discussion of visual and textual gender flipping. Let us know what you think about this meme in the comments. What’s your favorite example?

Links we discuss:

"Avengers Booty Ass-emble" by Kevin Bolk
“Avengers Booty Ass-emble” by Kevin Bolk

Junkee.com: Is Gender Flipping the Most Important Meme Ever?

Fly Girl Gamers: Game on, Ladies

Jezebel.com: If Male Superheroes Posed Like Wonder Woman

FullyM: What Does Pin-Up Photography Look Like With Male Models

The Hawkeye Initiative

Disclaimer: We had some technical difficulties with the audio track this week. Our apologies to everyone and we assure you we will be up to our regular standard next week.

Until next time, game on!

Regina & Rhonda

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.

8 Comments

  1. It's so hard to hear Rhonda. Could she type out her main points? Maybe that'll help.

  2. I will ask her about that, Justin. After I heard the audio, I considered writing an article instead. My apologies for the audio issues.

  3. Great discussion as always! As I heard discussion of superheroes and a girl crawling butt up and questioning whether or not you would see a man pictured thus the first thing that popped to mind is Spider-Man as in attempting to force human physiology into a spider-like crouch he is sometimes depicted, as at http://ranpict.com/replica-spiderman-wallpaper.html, in a butt up crouch. This does nothing to counter any of your very valid points of course, but it makes Spider-Man an interesting point of discussion. As a very nerdy teen he is frequently depicted as "less manly" than some of the others. While strong, his tactics tend to rely less on strength than physical and mental dexterity.

    In the discussion of advertisement I immediately had to think of a Hanes Her Way commercial with faceless females in colors posed kaleidescopicly and transmuted into prints on undergarments, which hits at exactly at the dismemberment that Dr. McMenomy mentioned… But interestingly this particular ad strikes me as being fairly clearly targeted at a female audience rather than a male audience. I don't know really how to interpret that, but it was interesting to ponder as well.

    I also wanted to recommend a fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. The story is good and the writing is great I think, very poetic prose. The first book is The Name of the Wind.

    Thank you again for great discussions! They always leave me with a lot of thinking and geeky things to look for!

  4. This is a great topic; I'll have to give it a listen.
    It reminds me of a art piece I saw at my UC last year, which showed photographs of the president and vice president and their wives. The men were from the shoulders up; the women were from about their navel up. The pieces were made using various photographs of sexualized women (for the First Ladies) and other portraits of men (for the President and VP), and it really was a strong example of such blatant yet latent sexism in imagery. Blatant because it's so obvious, yet latent because no one really bats an eye at it. Culture has a fascinating way of programming reactions, and I think we as Americans have this concept that it's okay for such a divide to exist, so it's rarely questioned.
    Anyway, I'll add some more ideas when I get a chance to listen to this. 🙂

  5. Those are some excellent examples, Citizen7! I seriously guffawed at the Batman costume. "It helps him fight crime… no really!" So awesome. I love the closing line of the Shortpacked comic as well. I am going to have to spend some time reflecting on the "background radiation" of my life. That is a powerfully accurate term.

    I remember thinking about the Calvin Klein audience during the episode, mostly the fact that those ads are targeted at gay men since that is not often the association people make with them in a heteronormative society. But I think I was side tracked by the technical difficulties we were having with the episode. I was in a bit of a panic through the whole thing and that messed with my focus. I think we will have to revisit this topic again just to hit on these new gems you shared with us and to refocus the discussion.

    Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂

  6. I actually forgot that you were having technical issues about 2 minutes into the podcast. That's how good a job you girls did at powering on through. I edit two podcasts myself (one of them geek and one of them not), so I have first-hand experience with how difficult that can be. So congrats on that. Also, I'm so glad you liked Shortpacked! Sharing geek loves is one of the best parts of being a geek.

  7. I will check them both out! I love new geeky recommendations. It's really the best stuff of life. 🙂

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