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But She-Hulk is a Porn Star!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Uh oh! MAN OF STEEL screenwriter, David Goyer stepped on a land-mine when he commented on a recent podcast that the She-Hulk character was essentially Porn.

His comments:

“I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Huk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.”

Of course, and rightfully so, this set off a firestorm of reaction among fandom and even solicited a defensive comeback from the legendary Stan Lee.

Face it, the subject of sexism in comics has been a sensitive one since the earliest days of the genre. How can you have male and female characters that are overly endowed in every physical aspect, running around in skin tight costumes and not expect someone to address the issue?

As fans of the genre of superheroes most of us have become desensitized to many of the sexual idioms and become defensive when someone points out the “elephant in the room,” but it is there, and this time she is big, green and busty.

The question is, why is there a double standard? Why is it OK for a male character to pop every vein and muscle, bulging to such incredible proportions that his clothes rip off? Why could he cavort around, all green and half-naked on prime-time television during an era when Fonzie had to be toned down but a female character in a comic book cannot do the same thing without her being analyzed as porn?

The perception that comics are made by men for a predominantly young male audience is the primary culprit. As more women become involved in the creative process and the female audience expands to one that is a more evenly balanced we are sure to experience an evolution in this sensibility. But will the changes be in a reduction of the use of sexual idioms or the acceptance of those idioms by the audience?

Judging by the heightened sexuality of all media since the creation of She-Hulk in 1980, sexploitation has the upper hand. As evidence, superheroes are currently the bread and butter of the porn industry and, in-fact’ She-Hulk herself is a bonified  Porn Star under the guise of “parody.”

Maybe David Goyer is working in the wrong end of the film industry  if his perception of female characters is so sexist and exploitive. We can only imagine what his take will be on the Wonder Woman character as she appears in the Batman vs. Superman film that is currently in production. Will she be there strictly as an Amazonian porn star that only Superman can fuck?

Why not?

Goyer couldn’t help but have Superman break Zod’s neck in MAN OF STEEL. What’s a little foreplay with a golden lasso while Batman makes out with Cat Woman in the back of the batmobile?

Sounds like an Axel Braun movie to me.

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco




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